Norwich City are keen on making a loan deal with Everton in January for the Toffees’ 20-year-old striker/winger, Anthony Evans according to a report in The Sun on Sunday and reported online here by thisisfutbol.com.
The lad is highly thought of at Goodison Park and has been in decent form for Everton’s U23 Development squad, scoring three goals in seven appearances in Premier League 2 this season.
The sticking point is that Everton naturally want their man to play regular football, which is pretty much an expectation of any club loaning out young players to other clubs. If you loan out a prospect and then he isn’t playing then he’s not going to develop and that is the whole point of the exercise.
The Canaries’ front line this season has so far mostly consisted of Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes, with the other fit senior striker on the books, Dennis Srbeny being used sparingly and most often in the Carabao Cup. With Carlton Morris likely to return to fitness around the turn of the year after an ACL knee operation, this is an interesting piece of speculation.
What exactly does it mean?
Does it mean that Morris and Srbeny are not thought of as first choice options and therefore likely to see loan moves of their own in January? Even if he is signed, surely Evans wouldn’t be playing ahead of Pukki or Rhodes, so you have to wonder at what it means.
This type of paper speculation is notoriously unreliable but it matters not because we all love a bit of speculation, don’t we?!