Grant takes loan assignment at Doncaster

29/10/2015  15 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton U21s midfielder Conor Grant has joined League One Doncaster Rovers on a month-long loan.

The 20-year-old has become a mainstay in David Unsworth's team over the past year, chipping in with a number of goals.

He had a spell on loan with Motherwell last season and now gets the chance to help Doncaster in their bid to pull away from the lower reaches of England's third tier.

He could make his debut this weekend against Colchester United.  

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Mike McLoughlin
1 Posted 29/10/2015 at 18:10:02
Good to see this lad get some experience elsewhere; I would love to see him come through.
Peter Gorman
2 Posted 29/10/2015 at 18:11:13
I doubt he will, Mike.
Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 29/10/2015 at 21:57:15
Came on preseason tour about three years ago with seniors and has never been seen since. Another Lundstram story.
Phil Sammon
5 Posted 29/10/2015 at 22:32:32
The comparison with Lundstrum is fair. No player is ever going to fulfill their potential in the U21s. It's unlikely he'll shine at Doncaster either as one month will barely give him time to find his feet. You only have to look at Galloway to see that we have talent there, in waiting, the problem is that they're never given the chance.

Meanwhile Howard, Barry, Osman, Lukaku... all are afforded countless poor performances without question.

Harold Matthews
6 Posted 29/10/2015 at 00:04:23
Hope he does okay. Good sharp mover of the ball but tends to wait for others to win it for him. A touch of class but needs to break sweat if he doesn't fancy the scrapheap.
Anthony Dwyer
7 Posted 30/10/2015 at 00:07:18
Get as many young lads out on loan as possible. Get them to play at as high a level as possible, and see where it leads too.
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 30/10/2015 at 07:30:38
Got a lovely left peg but needs to take hold of games a bit more if he wants to make it at the higher levels...
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 30/10/2015 at 10:41:50
Harold (5) good constructive criticism as usual, if Connor can take this advice he will become a better player, same goes for Dowell only more so.

You wonder what the coaches are telling the players, nobody at Everton seems to be giving any confidence to Tyias Browning, he is still playing like he doesn't believe he should be on the pitch.

It's all down to Tyias himself; I'm afraid he'll never improve if he doesn't find this belief, maybe it is just the lad's nature, but it will be a shame if this belief isn't installed in him.

Peter Gorman
10 Posted 30/10/2015 at 11:49:48
Dave, I reckon it is just the lad's nature, he is reserved off the pitch and definitely gives the impression he lacks self-belief. Lundstram was like that and so too Anichebe. Galloway, Deulofeu and Ledson aren't.

That said, Baines was probably a similar type of character but his demeanour changed with experience and success. He had to go down to Wigan before he came back up. Just the way he is, Ty could still come good, the more exposure he gets the quicker we will see an improvement in his confidence.

Harold Matthews
11 Posted 30/10/2015 at 14:15:13
Cheers Dave. I guess it all comes down to how much these lads want to succeed. How much they are willing to persevere. Working on their weak points and never losing faith.

It also helps if you are in the right place at the right time, as illustrated by Brendan Galloway and Harry Kane. With Baines, Garbutt and Oviedo off the scene, young Brendan was thrust into our left back spot and we found a star. Harry Kane was the same. After six loan periods where he didn't look particularly special but kept working on various parts of his game, he was the last man standing in the Spurs striker department and took his chance with glee.

Unfortunately, as you have pointed out, Tyias Browning suffers from a serious lack of self-confidence when with the senior squad. He's happy with his mates in the U21s and requests to play with them. Hibbo has given him a lot of advice and support but the only cure is a regular first team berth which is not possible while Stones and Coleman are fit.

I can't see us ever losing the lad. He's been with us since age 10 and only wants to play for Everton. According to Unsy, he is the best one-on-one player at the club and this crossed my mind as I watched Coleman and Stones getting the runaround in recent games.

I don't know what's happening with the talented Kieran Dowell, Dave, but Tom Evans has definitely been earmarked for special treatment. No surprise here. I've been looking out for young Evans since he was 13 when my son came home from work with glowing reports from the lad's dad. Let's hope he fulfills his early promise.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 30/10/2015 at 15:08:44
Yes, Harold, Browning seems too quiet for his own good, but I suppose you can't help his nature, then again there is an awful lot of money in the game, worth fighting for.

Harold, I went to the U21s match last week but he never came off the bench, I'll catch him before the season is out, hope he is worth waiting for, Evans that is.

John O'Brien
13 Posted 30/10/2015 at 18:27:37
Harold, Kieran Dowell picked up an ankle injury around same time as Leighton Baines and he's just now ready for full training.

This lad was sensational in pre season if you remember the Dundee game and he was in the first team squad for the first couple of games of the season. I've watched this lad from a very young age and I think he could become a Pienaar type player except operating from the right as his vision, touch, balance are all top class.

From what the Echo journalists say as well RM thinks the world of him.

Evans is a different type of player more of a goal scoring forward whereas Dowell is more creative.

Tony Hill
14 Posted 31/10/2015 at 18:56:18
Grant did well for them today including an excellent opening goal.

John, Kieran Dowell is my great hope from the youngsters. Much can go wrong, of course, but my word — he has immense promise, a really elegant player.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 01/11/2015 at 11:26:27
John (12) and Tony (13):

Dowell has all the skill in the world and a great passer of the ball but he just doesn't look for the ball, doesn't make himself available for the ball. When he gets the ball, he knows what to do with it, but never fights for the ball.

I have not seen him this season so maybe he has improved in this department but, in the past, this idleness was a major flaw in his game.

James Joseph
16 Posted 02/11/2015 at 17:29:54
Good to see Conor bang one in from just outside the box on his debut. Joe Royle was there to watch alongside Fergie (snr) watching his son's team. No sign of Mattioni though.

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