Royle: Blues Can Benefit

by Hamish Dufton

Joe Royle says the loan system can be of great benefit to Everton as several youngsters impress while on temporary spells away from the Club.

The likes of Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley gained valuable experience in the Football League and Royle points to those two as examples of how players can return better prepared for life in the top flight.

The likes of Matthew Pennington, Chris Long and John Lundstram are currently away from Goodison gaining first-team experience and Royle told “It benefits the players, it benefits the loan club and we have seen before how the loan system can work in Everton’s favour.

“Seamus Coleman went to Blackpool and Ross Barkley to Sheffield Wednesday, with both coming back to us as first-team players.

“That’s my job – I am constantly in touch with clubs to try to find clubs for our players and there are one or two others that we are looking at in terms of going out on loan [this season].”

Royle is regularly in touch with those away from Merseyside, as well as their clubs, and is pleased to report back favourably.

He said: “Matty Pennington has been outstanding at Coventry City. I watched him on his debut and he played at right-back and won man of the match. In his first game at centre-half he also won man of the match. He has been totally outstanding and Coventry couldn’t be happier with him.

“John Lundstram is, of course, back from Blackpool and has gone immediately to Leyton Orient. He did very well there last season.

“It was a shame how it worked out for him at Blackpool. I saw John play five games for them and he never played badly.

“But managers have their own ideas on players and, having been a regular under the previous manager [Jose Riga], when Lee Clark came in he decided that John wasn’t going to be in the team or even in the squad.

“But John kept his professionalism and came away from Blackpool with great praise from Lee, who said he had been the ultimate professional.”

Look out for loan round-ups on every week. Read our review of how our youngsters fared last weekend here.


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