The loan window for Football League clubs is now open and it could be the ideal time for some of Everton's youngsters to head out for first-team experience.
With the option of just sending out players for an initial month, Roberto Martinez must weigh up who of his fringe players and younger members of the first-team squad are in need of playing time.
Martinez has ruled out signing any free agents and so he will be wary about leaving his squad too short on options, but there are certainly players who would benefit from a temporary spell away from Goodison Park.
Here are three players who would likely gain the most from the chance to play more regular first-team football.
Tyias BrowningThe 21-year-old has already had one unsuccessful stint away from Everton after a brief spell on loan at Wigan Athletic in early 2014. He was recalled after making just two appearances and so Martinez wouldn't want to put Browning in the position of enduring what would feel like another wasted loan spell. Browning has yet to start a Premier League game for the club after featuring as a substitute in away games against Liverpool and Manchester United last season. This season, he came on for the last couple of minutes against Southampton and played nearly all of the second half against Manchester City following an injury to Brendan Galloway. Only an injury crisis, though, is likely to see Browning make the starting line-up at the moment and a loan deal at a Championship club, whose football betting odds suggest they can challenge for promotion, would be beneficial.
The summer signing from Barnsley was on the bench for the 5-3 win over his former club in the Capital One Cup last month, but it's unlikely to be repeated in the Premier League over the next couple of months. Holgate, who turns 19 in October, has parallels to John Stones, who was also signed from Barnsley, in that his first-team appearances for the South Yorkshire club were only in the 20s before he joined Everton. But, with Stones and Phil Jagielka such an established partnership at present, it's hard to envisage Holgate breaking into the first team this season. Martinez understandably sees him as one for the future and the versatile defender would surely benefit from a couple of months with a Championship club.
McAleny turned 23 in August and it's approaching four years since he made his Everton debut as a substitute against Arsenal in December 2011. He also appeared against Norwich, but hasn't featured in the Premier League since, although he was an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with Watford. The pacey striker has been out on loan before with Scunthorpe and Brentford, where he broke his leg in the early weeks of the 2013/14 season. He also joined Cardiff on loan in the latter stages of last season and scored twice in eight appearances. McAleny showed then he is capable of performing in the Championship and, with a contract at Everton until 2017, the club aren't giving up on him yet. Though he does offer a different style to Everton's other strikers, his best prospects of ever being a Goodison regular are by impressing out on loan.