Should Sunderland dropping Brendan Galloway raise alarm bells for Everton?

Ronald Koeman Manager of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 4, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Everton loaned Brendan Galloway to Sunderland hoping he could overcome his nightmare spell at West Brom.

Shilow Tracey of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball from Brendan Galloway of Everton during the Premier League 2 match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on April 10,...

After Brendan Galloway quickly fell out of favour during his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion last season, Everton would have been hoping that a temporary stay at Sunderland would go a lot better.

However, there is a real sense of déjà vu after the young defender, who started the season as a first-choice at the Stadium of Light, finds himself out of the picture after a number of shaky displays.

After struggling badly in the recent 2-0 home defeat to Leeds United, the 21-year-old was targeted and isolated as Thomas Christiansen’s side cruised to victory, Galloway’s standing among Sunderland supporters has nosedived.

Brendan Galloway of Sunderland takes on Bradley Johnson and Johnny Russell of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on...

He was already under scrutiny after a poor debut against Derby County, where he was arguably at fault for Bradley Johnson’s opener in the 1-1 draw.

And the fact that Galloway was omitted from Sunderland’s last two games, the home defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek and Saturday’s draw at Hull, does not bode well for his hopes of enjoying a better time under Simon Grayson than he did under Tony Pulis.

Out of his depth?

Galloway was not even part of Sunderland’s 18-man squad in the last two games and, in his absence, former Everton man Bryan Oviedo (below) has performed passably on the left of Grayson’s back four.

Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City (L) attempts to take the ball past Bryan Oviedo of Sunderland (R) during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Sunderland at The King Power...

Therefore, this should raise plenty of alarm bells for Everton. The Toffees looked to have pulled off an excellent deal when they signed the then-teenager from MK Dons in 2014 and his initial outings under Roberto Martinez were certainly promising.

However, if the England under-21 international cannot get into the respective starting XIs of West Brom and Sunderland, what chance does he have of forcing his way back into Everton’s long-term plans?

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