Everton youngster once compared to Gerrard loaned out for sixth time

John Lundstram has struggled to get game time back at Goodison Park.

With his contract due to expire in the summer, Everton youngster John Lundstram is struggling to live up to the early promise he exhibited as a teenager, and has taken in a one-month loan spell at Scunthorpe United in search of first-team football.

Ahead of the European Under-17 championships in 2011, the UEFA website compared him to another famous Merseyside midfield man, writing: "With a whiff of the Steven Gerrard about him, the Everton FC midfielder possesses a biting tackle and was always keen to take the ball off his defence, displaying a fine range of passing to instigate attacks."

Though Lundstram has long been thought of as a promising member of Everton's youth squads, he is yet to make an appearance for the Toffees, and has embarked on a series of loans in recent seasons.

The midfielder is heading out on his sixth temporary switch away from Goodison Park with the loan to Scunthorpe, and will be dropping down to League One to play his football for the fourth time after spending a spell in the Championship with Blackpool earlier this season, where he featured 18 times.

Lundstram has also been on loan at Leyton Orient in 2015, though that was a short-lived affair, with the 21-year-old making four appearances before heading back to Everton after just a month with the O's deep in relegation trouble.

He will surely be hoping to extend his loan spell at Scunthorpe if successful in getting regular game time, with the Iron in 17th spot in the third tier.

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