Everton open to loan deals for young talents

Everton coach David Unsworth says the club would be open to temporarily releasing some of their younger players.

Everton coach David Unsworth has suggested that the club would be open to allowing some of their under-21s go out on loan. 

The Toffees are looking to allow some of their brighter prospects to get first-team experience, which they may not have the chance to receive at Goodison Park.

Unsworth, who coaches the under-21s, believes that it is important for the team's youngsters to play senior football to aid their development and he has explained that club would be open to temporary moves for their up-and-coming stars.

“Without a shadow of doubt - we will certainly look to get the majority out at some point if we think that is what we need," he said to the club's official site. "If we don’t think that is what they need, they will stay here and learn their trade.

“We’ve already had numerous clubs come in for our players and Joe [Royle] has been brought in to deal with that side of things. We work very closely together and if we think there is a window of opportunity for a player to go out on loan to a club that will benefit him, we will do that.

“At the end of the day, these are our players and it has to be to the advantage of them.”

Everton have had a good track record in recent times of bringing through youngsters. After Wayne Rooney came through their youth system, the likes of Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley have followed meaning Football League clubs are sure to be attracted to their availability.

Previously, the better talents may have been able to force their way into the starting line-up at Goodison Park, but the squad is strong there now and packed with experienced talent.

With expectations raised due to a brilliant campaign last year Roberto Martinez spent big in the summer on new recruits and it means that there are a number of first-team players blocking any youngsters path to the starting line-up.

It will be easier, therefore, for them to impress elsewhere and there are already a number of Everton's young players plying their trade at teams around the country.

The likes of John Lundstrum, who plays for Blackpool, and Hallam Hope, who is at Sheffield Wednesday, have dropped down the divisions in search of game-time and it seems that others may follow suit soon. 

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch