Everton end Grant's loan spell at Ipswich

Monday 21 November 2016  3 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton U23s midfielder Conor Grant has ended his loan with Ipswich Town.

The 21-year-old went to Portman Road for the season in August but has made only seven appearances and goes back into the Toffees' U23 squad.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy said: “I felt bad for Conor because he has come to us to play games and although he has had a few appearances, his time on the pitch has been limited.

“The reality is that he was here to develop his game and that wasn't happening because he wasn't getting the time on the pitch he needs at his age.

“I spoke to Joe Royle, who looks after the loan players at Everton, and suggested it might be better for all concerned, especially for Conor's development, if he went back there and played for their U23s.

“Everton have been great about it, in letting Conor come here in the first place and then understanding the situation and agreeing that it's best for his development if he goes back there."

Quotes sourced from Tribal Football

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Andrew Lum
1 Posted 29/11/2016 at 03:57:20
I was quite impressed with Grant's movement and passing in a couple of the pre-season matches when he came on.

Hopefully he and Davies will get opportunities in the upcoming matches as they would offer more than Cleverley who is a waste of space on the field and on the bench.

David Barks
2 Posted 29/11/2016 at 04:36:56

Considering Koeman wasn't even aware that the kid Sims existed, having been at Southampton six months ago, I wouldn't hold your breath for any of the youth players being involved under Koeman.

Niasse bangs in goals for the reserves, Koeman doesn't care. His genius of persisting with two defensive midfielders at all times and having a lone striker isolated up top to be surrounded by two to three defenders at all times will pay off in his mind. The youth will be left to rot under him.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 29/11/2016 at 05:12:31
Mr Koeman might like to learn from the Ipswich manager.

"Connor hasn't had the game time here and his development will appreciate more time in your U-23s."

Not, "You can have him back he's not good enough!"

Honest but thoughtful albeit that I haven't seen him play, so I don't know why he has been returned.

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