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Will Everton regret Galloway to Sunderland loan after Baines display?

Leighton Baines of Everton competes for the ball with Andrea Petagna of Atalanta during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore...

Leighton Baines did not play well for Everton against Atalanta but with no alternative will they regret loaning Brendan Galloway to Sunderland?

Bryan Cristante (2L) of Atalanta celebrates after scoring the 3-0 goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on...Bryan Cristante (2L) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton.

Everton came out of their 3-0 Europa League defeat to Atalanta with little credit, just as they didn't when they lost to Tottenham Hotspur by the same scoreline in the Premier League in the previous game.

With highflying Manchester United away up next for the Toffees it doesn't get any easier as fans start to question manager Ronald Koeman and his whole host of expensive new signings.

Ronald Koeman head coach of Everton  during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore on September 14, 2017 in Reggio nell'Emilia,...Ronald Koeman, head coach of Everton, during the UEFA Europa League group E match against Atalanta.

Yet perhaps one of the biggest concerns comes with a member of the old guard in Leighton Baines. The left-back has been with the club for over a decade and has twice been included in the PFA team of the year during that time for his impressive performances.

However, his display in Italy was not one of them, with Wayne Rooney often being seen alongside Baines on the left side of defence trying to help out his hapless teammate.

Leighton Baines of Everton competes for the ball with Andrea Petagna of Atalanta during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Atalanta and Everton FC at Stadio Citta del Tricolore...Leighton Baines of Everton competes for the ball with Andrea Petagna of Atalanta.

The 32-year-old rightfully commands a huge amount of respect at Goodison Park but unfortunately his displays on the pitch are all too frequently failing to live up to that. The problem is, Koeman has no viable alternative.

Luke Garbutt is the only option to replace Baines and yet despite now being 24-years-old the academy product has only ever played 12 senior matches for the Merseysiders and struggles to get game time for the Under-23s.

Which is why it seems all the more baffling that Brendan Galloway was loaned to Sunderland for the entire 2017/18 season, as he could have provided far better competition.

Loan rules stipulate that Galloway cannot be recalled until the January transfer window - and even then that is only if a recall clause was agreed prior to his move - so unless Garbutt is thrown into the mix, it will either be an underperforming Baines or yet another player out of position for the foreseeable future.

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