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Junior loan extended another month

by | 15/07/2014  Comments (10)  jump
Francisco Junior's loan with Stromsgodet has been extended until 15th August.

The 22 year-old Portuguese midfielder has been on loan with the Norwegian side since February and was due to return to the Blues today but the two clubs have agreed to extend his stay for another month.

Junior hasn't played for the first team since the ill-fated League Cup meeting with Leeds United in 2012 but has figured 10 times for Stomsgodet, scoring once.  

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Jimmy-Åge Sørheim
1 Posted 15/07/2014 at 21:40:49
The manager of Stromsgodset is very similar to Martinez and they are playing qualification for the CL so he is in the right club.

I think we should send more youngsters to top clubs in Norway because they will get playing time if they are talented enough.

Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 15/07/2014 at 22:13:16
Jimmy we should have sent Drenthe to Norway and you could have taken him under your wing – we might have had a world-beater on our hands... if only, eh!
Ant Dwyer
3 Posted 16/07/2014 at 00:35:36
I hope this loan pushes junior on a little bit and pushes him towards the first team. He was highly thought of a season or two ago, maybe this loan will be the making if him.
Steve Guy
4 Posted 16/07/2014 at 10:04:16
I was at the Leeds game and frankly he was average at best. A poor man's Raheem Sterling (and I think he's overrated). I hope he has at least grown some cojones because he was muscled out by a physical Leeds side that night. Granted on that night he wasn't the only one, but he stuck out as just not ready: hopefully he can be "like a new signing" next season.
David Ellis
5 Posted 16/07/2014 at 10:12:28
But does not bode well that he will miss the entire pre-season. Presumably Martinez will have a look at him in mid-August and then assess whether he has a future with our squad. I am sure that if he really was in Martinez's plans then he'd want him back for the pre-season.

Shame because in the 2012 pre-season he was a bit of a star.

Andrew Ellams
6 Posted 16/07/2014 at 10:58:14
With McCarthy and potentially Besic both miles ahead of him and of a similar age, I would not expect this lad to have too much of a future at Everton.
Paul Andrews
7 Posted 16/07/2014 at 11:11:34
I think Junior will develop into a good player. It will do no harm to leave him on loan as long as he is getting games. He's probably not ready for first team this season, so good experience playing a higher standard football than 2nd tier for the Blues.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 16/07/2014 at 11:16:18
At 22, he really should be playing at a higher level if he has what it takes to make it for a top 6 Premier League team in my opinion. If he does not step it up this year, then I think it's Game Over for Junior.
Paul Andrews
9 Posted 16/07/2014 at 11:23:38
Not always the case, Sam.

One or two very good players were late developers and ended up at a very high standard.

Ant Dwyer
11 Posted 17/07/2014 at 01:33:02
I agree Paul, he has been a player who has been touted to go far... said to have massive potential. Not sure about what Ste (4) means by a poor mans sterling as heÂ’s a box to box midfielder and not a attacking winger!!

At 22 you would like him to be further along and may not make the grade but we can keep our fingers crossed and hope he kicks on like with all the younger lads.

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