Loan Round-Up - 31 March

by Hamish Dufton

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All of Everton’s on-loan youngsters saw action for their temporary clubs last week.

Of the seven players out on loan, six have remained on these shores and of those, four made immediate debuts for their new clubs.

In the Championship, Shane Duffy has been at Yeovil for the season but the Irish centre back was on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat in the Glovers' huge relegation six-pointer with Barnsley.

In what his manager called his side’s worst performance of the campaign, Duffy played the full 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card, to compound a miserable afternoon.

There was better news for striker Apostolos Vellios. The Greek Under-21 international has moved north to Blackpool to aid the Tangerines’ own fight against the drop.

He was thrown straight into the starting line-up for their clash with Queens Park Rangers and played 67 minutes before being replaced by Tom Barkhuizen, much to the delight of his new boss Barry Ferguson.

“He's not played a lot of football but I just thought we were missing a bit of physical presence without Ricardo Fuller,” said the former Rangers midfielder.

“It was a difficult ask to put him in straight away. He only trained with and met the boys the day before. It's a new environment and a new team for him but I'm sure he'll do well for us."

Dropping into League One, Matthew Kennedy was handed a first start by MK Dons boss Karl Robinson following the winger’s switch to Stadium:mk.

The Dons faced league-leaders Wolves and despite Kennedy playing 58 minutes, it was the visitors who came away with all three points.

Wanderers were given a huge helping hand when Sanmi Odelusi, who replaced Kennedy, was shown two yellow cards inside two minutes.

Robinson, who has set the play-offs as the minimum his side should expect, has identified Kennedy as someone who will aid their cause in the final weeks.

“He’s someone we’ve watched throughout the season in the Under-21s at Everton and he’ll bring pace, trickery and excitement,” he said.

“He also provides us with another option at the top end of the pitch, which is somewhere we are looking to improve.

“He did very well for Tranmere earlier this season and he is highly thought of by Roberto Martinez and the coaches at Everton, and I look forward to working with him.”

The Dons’ vanquishers Wolves are competing with Leyton Orient for promotion to the Championship and the O’s are the next port of call to find another on-loan Blue.
Having been recalled form his spell at Yeovil, midfielder John Lundstram will spend the rest of the campaign at Brisbane Road.

Unfortunately, despite making his debut in a 69 minute run-out, Lundstram could not stop his new side slumping to a 1-0 home defeat to mid-table Bradford City.

Elsewhere in League One, Matthew Pennington’s return to Tranmere Rovers was a positive one as he helped keep a clean sheet against fellow strugglers Carlisle.

Finally, in League Two, Blues striker Hallam Hope scored on his debut when he joined Northampton Town on loan earlier in the season and he repeated the feat at new club Bury.

Ironically it was his former side that provided the opposition and Hope bagged the first in a much-needed 3-0 win for the Shakers.

“The first goal was crucial,” said boss David Flitcroft.

“Hallam was a bulldozer up front. He gave us a real verve and scoring settled him down. I have brought him here for his work ethic and I thought for him to spearhead what we tried to do against Northampton was very infectious.”

The seventh loanee away from the club is midfielder Francisco Junior who made a scoring debut for Stromsgodset out in Norway. His 38th-minute strike helped his side to a 4-2 win over IK Start.

Keep an eye on for further updates on Everton's loaned-out youngsters.

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