Jensen’s ‘Old School’ Learnings On Loan

Everton Under-18s goalkeeper Seb Jensen is learning a different side to the game while on loan at Sandbach United.

The Macclesfield born shot-stopper, and son of former Burnley keeper Brian Jensen, made a temporary transfer to the Cheshire-based club earlier this season to further the development of the promising young Blue.

The teenager has discussed life on loan, and the contrast of playing in the Division One South of the North West Counties Football League.

“It’s different,” Jensen acknowledged, speaking to “It’s more physical and more demanding physically and mentality. There’s a lot going on - a lot more kicking, a lot more battling and scrapping.

“It’s less about playing out and more about fighting for every ball, but it’s a good experience so far. It’s proper old school football.”

A regular for Everton Under-18s last season, Jensen made 14 league appearances for the side, who are led by Head Coach Leighton Baines.

He still trains at Finch Farm with the young Blues under Academy coaches who ensured he was ready for the demands at Sandbach.

“They told me to just be prepared because they knew me going out would be a completely different challenge,” said Jensen, on the advice he received before making the move. “They just told me to make sure I was ready for that because that’s what was going to be needed.

“We’re doing well so far over at Sandbach. We started off a bit shakily, but we went on a good run and we’re climbing up the table. We’re hoping to get to the play-offs.”

On his development while with Everton, Jensen also discussed his long-term aims, adding: “I’d like to keep improving, and if I can do that, then hopefully next season, I could go loan to a higher division team or start with Everton Under-21s. The end goal is to make it to the Premier League.

“I would mess around a lot when I was younger, so I think growing up and maturing is important, especially now that I’m out on loan. That’s probably been the biggest learning curve.”