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Loan Round-Up - 18 March

Loan Round-Up - 18 March

Daniel Alston, 18th March 2013 - 12:46

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Keep your eyes peeled - it looks as though two Everton youngsters could be on course to do battle for League One glory this season.

John Lundstram and Jake Bidwell are both out on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Brentford respectively, with the two sides currently sitting in the automatic promotion berths.

Donny's table-topping stay and the Bees' rise to second were a result of more points gained over the last seven days.

Despite playing over 30 league games for Uwe Rosler's Brentford this term, left-back Bidwell has found himself on the bench in recent weeks.

That was again the case last Tuesday as he sat out a 2-1 home win over fellow promotion chasers Swindon Town.

But, on Saturday, he made his return, coming on as a 55th-minute substitute to help his side record a vital 1-0 win over Preston at Griffin Park.

Also on Saturday, Doncaster edged two points clear of the climbing Bees with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home to relegation battling Portsmouth.

Midfielder Lundstram played the full 90 minutes - and boss Brian Flynn afterwards spoke of his desire to keep the 19-year-old at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season.

Doncaster head to Brentford on 27 April for the final game of the season – one which could determine whether either side reaches the heady heights of the Championship.

England Under-19 duty now beckons for Lundstram and fellow Everton youngsters Matthew Pennington, Tyias Browning and Hallam Hope, who are all in the squad for Thursday's friendly against Turkey.

However, Flynn hinted his loanee may have picked up an injury against Pompey.

“[John] rolled his ankle when he lost his balance as he was stretching for a ball,” he said. “He’ll be available for [the game against] Scunthorpe on Saturday - if fitness allows.

“He’ll report for duty with England, they’ll assess him and we’ll take it from there.”

Elsewhere, Magaye Gueye played the first half of Stade Brest's 4-0 away defeat to FC Lorient, while centre-half Johan Hammar's loan spell at Stockport County has now come to an end.

For those of you who like to keep tabs on the fortunes of former Academy players, there was an interesting hat-trick scored in League Two this weekend, left-back Lee Moylneux hitting all the goals for bottom-of-the-pile Accrington Stanley in a precious 3-2 win over relegation rivals Barnet.

The one-time Blue netted two from long-range before completing his treble from the penalty spot after a foul on, of all people, Francis Jeffers. There’s an intriguing battle going on down there too; York City are 19th on 41 points with all five teams below them level just one point behind.

Look out for future blog entries on our players out on loan, as well as the Club's Under-18 and Under-21 sides.

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