Griffiths moves to Motherwell on loan

Friday 27 January 2017  11 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton have agreed to send goalkeeper Russell Grifiths to Motherwell on loan for the remainder of the season.

Griffiths has spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town, making 29 appearances for the League Two outfit. The keeper who is a product of the Everton youth system has also kept goal for Colwyn Bay, Halifax Town and Northwich Victoria in the recent past.

Evening Times Glasgow Evening Times

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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 27/01/2017 at 13:54:15
Russell is a very good and competent goalkeeper. He captained the U18s about three years ago when they beat Man City in the final playoff to see who were the Champions that season; he kept Everton in the game that day. I've seen him a few times since and he always looks a very good player.

He has been on loan at a few clubs since. I don't know if he has been recalled from Cheltenham and gone straight to Motherwell, he seems to be rated by Everton, behind Hewelt so I don't know what his long-term prospects are at the Blues. Are Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League? If so, he will be coming under the limelight there.

Hugh Jenkins
2 Posted 27/01/2017 at 16:26:58
Yes – Motherwell are in the Scottish Premier League. They play Rangers tomorrow; whether our man will feature, or not, is, of course, a moot point.
Peter Gorman
3 Posted 27/01/2017 at 16:32:21
Motherwell are indeed SPL Dave, so that should be a pretty decent step up for him assuming he plays.

Do you really reckon he is rated by the club as behind Hewlett? For some reason I've always thought Griffiths was the most promising young keeper, (not just because he is physically more imposing) though it unfortunately does little to ease the stack against which all young keepers contend to break into a Premier League side.

In any case, hope he acquits himself well and benefits from the exposure and experience. Russell is a thoroughly likeable lad.

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 27/01/2017 at 16:34:55
Dave, he was actually recalled from his Cheltenham loan when Stekelenburg got that dead leg off Bainesey, as cover for the Academy sides, with Mateusz Hewelt stepping up, as you say, to cover for Robles on the bench for the senior team.

Mike Allen
6 Posted 27/01/2017 at 19:33:08
It would be nice to see some of these players back next season breaking into the first team; we've unearthed a couple of gems this season already. We've had The Busby Babes, Fergies Fledglings.... why not Koeman's Kids?

Let's shy away from the expensive dross in the transfer windows – if we can't buy quality, don't buy. Give the academy players the opportunity of first-team football. Many of these lads are sitting on the bench for League One or League Two clubs.

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 27/01/2017 at 21:17:21
The problem is he's going to Motherwell as cover for their first choice – there's been many a goalie warmed the bench for months on end waiting for the first choice to get injured or drop a few clangers. It's a good level to play if he can get game time, the RS had one of their young goalkeepers at Aberdeen doing well until Klopp brought him back a year or so ago.

His time at Cheltenham was continually marred by his habit of failing to hold onto the ball, spilling it at the feet of a forward and giving away a goal. He was a great shot stopper behind a poor defence but the Cheltenham fans were always moaning about the way he spilled the ball.

Playing at League 2 level would be better than warming the bench at SPL so I hope he gets his chance at Motherwell, otherwise it's a poor loan for him.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 27/01/2017 at 21:30:52
Peter (#3), l think Griffiths is a very good 'keeper but the way the club keep sending him on loan and keep Hewelt here seems Everton rate him higher. I haven't seen him for a while and reading Phill @7, maybe he has gone backwards; I hope not.
Phill Thompson
9 Posted 27/01/2017 at 22:53:12
Dave, it may be harsh if I've implied he's gone backwards.

What I think the Cheltenham experience did was show his strengths as a shot stopper and highlight a weakness in that it occurred more than once. This was the highest level that he had played on loan, and that's what these loans should do. He was playing against men and any such weakness is ruthlessly exposed.

Very few managers will gave a young goalkeeper a run so the fact he played so many games was a positive, just need to help him iron out his weaknesses. I hope he gets game time and takes it from there.

Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 28/01/2017 at 09:15:44
Phil (#9) thanks for your explanation, I also hope Russell makes a good career for himself, hopefully with the Blues.
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 28/01/2017 at 18:26:23
Reading in the Echo today, it looks like Russell's contract terminates in the summer. I hope he is offered a new contract to keep him here.
Dan Egerton
12 Posted 29/01/2017 at 08:22:21
Does anyone think this might be a sign we are in for a senior keeper? Maybe Begovic.

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