Joe Williams joins Barnsley on loan

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Joe Williams's temporary move to Barnsley has been confirmed.

The young midfielder is the latest U23 player to be farmed out on loan, joining the Tykes on a season-long loan, not the six-month deal originally mooted in the media.

He could be followed by Liam Walsh who is reportedly being courted by a number of Football League clubs looking to bring him in on loan.


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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 20/07/2017 at 17:11:22
Having seen almost nothing of the lad, it is difficult to comment other than to say I hope some good comes of it and he returns an improved, more experienced player.

I'm not an admirer of the loan system but It does make you wonder at the point of signing all these youngsters from other clubs if we don't have a system that is capable of properly turning out the finished article.

Thank heavens Davies got the chance when he did but he then seems to be an argument against feeder clubs.

Mark Riding
2 Posted 20/07/2017 at 17:26:21
Clicked "Williams joins Barnsley on loan" and I was gutted to see it was Joe and not that big yard dog Ashley.
Thomas Surgenor
3 Posted 20/07/2017 at 18:43:54
I'd hesitate to send Walsh out on loan. I'd like to see him get some action in the Europa League.

I thought he was supposed to be the better prospect between him and Dowell...

James Flynn
4 Posted 20/07/2017 at 18:48:49
This is inevitable. First team players in and out.

There's no room for all these kids to get in. Loaned out is good for them and hopefully good for Everton.

Joe Williams or any. Get them somewhere to play and develop.

Charlie Lloyd
5 Posted 20/07/2017 at 18:54:46
Decent level for Williams to be competing at every week. See how it turns out. Gethin Jones and Callum Connolly have had spells there and got good experience.

Like Thomas says @ 3. It would be good if Liam Walsh was used in Europe or League Cup to give him some experience. If he does stay I expect he'll be the U23 captain this season.

David Hallwood
6 Posted 20/07/2017 at 19:50:47
Good move to give him some grown-man football. I've not seen too much of him but he's well thought of at the club.

Another one to keep an eye on...

Alan Humphreys
7 Posted 20/07/2017 at 23:56:31
It would seem Barnsley and Everton have a burgeoning relationship. Holgate and Stones to us and our U23s to them.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 21/07/2017 at 10:35:54
Thomas (#3),

Liam Walsh and Keiran Dowell have different styles and different attitudes to the game. Liam is all action from the centre of midfield, always in the thick of the action, urging his mates on, never satisfied with their performances or his own, a great team player.

Keiran is a great dribbler and passer of the ball, great on free kicks and corners, as is Walsh, but the big fault with Dowell is he goes missing from the game for long spells and does little to get the ball back when he loses it.

He will have you out of your seat roaring applause one minute then have you pulling your hair out with frustration the next. If he works harder and gets into the game more, we have got a cracker, if not we've got another Barkley to argue about.

And yes, I know, some will be more than happy with that and some of us won't.

Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 21/07/2017 at 10:41:26
I forgot to add, John Lundstram, who was similar in style to Barkley and Dowell, has just been transferred from Oxford Utd to Sheffield Utd for £500,000, so he is moving back up the league ladder.
Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 21/07/2017 at 10:49:09
Alan (#7),

It doesn't change the point but I think that Foulds also came from there. Previously, it seemed to be Brentford (Bidwell & Forshaw) and Fleetwood (Henen on loan then McAleny permanently).

Having typed that, Preston and Sunderland came to mind although that may be the same two players, Browning & McGeady.

Jay Wood
11 Posted 21/07/2017 at 13:35:10
It would appear we have some 'understanding' between ourselves and Barnsley, from whom, of course, we got a couple of centre-back gems in Stones and Holgate.

If Joe can come back in a year's time with game time under his belt and a bit more schooling on the art of defending, it's got to be good for the lad and the club.

Liam Reilly
12 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:10:25
If Liam Walsh goes on loan then surely it must be to a Championship club, so he doesn't get a kicking in the lower leagues.

I'd prefer to see him stay and get game time in Europe and maybe the domestic cups but he doesn't appear to be as close to the first team as we all hope.

I know he's been injured but Koeman didn't take him with the seniors to the Netherlands and he's not been close to the bench under his stewardship; so maybe a loan would be a good move. It's got to be more challenging than the U23s.

Jay Wood
13 Posted 21/07/2017 at 14:37:08
Liam, from what I've seen of your namesake, Walsh, I wouldn't worry about him 'getting a kicking' in the lower leagues. Liam is more likely to be the one giving out the kicking! He's a battler in the Alan Ball/Peter Reid mode.

And no! I don't want to burden him with expectancy and say he could be as good as those two Everton greats, but on effort alone – never mind his ability – the lad's got a chance.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:27:45
Liam (#12), I'm with you. I hope Walsh stays and gets some appearances in the first team next season but agree he hasn't even smelt the subs bench; strange to me, that.

Regarding the lower leagues, Liam was on loan at Yeovil the season before last; he did great there, in one of the games an opposition player was trying to wind him up, having a go at him. Liam let him know he wasn't a mug and gave him a smack, got sent off.

He has got a temper and he's got to wind that in, but tough tackling will not put him off. He can look after himself, and Joe Royle for one thinks Liam's size is definitely not a handicap.

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:41:51
Alan (#10), I think Foulds came from Oldham Athletic.
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 21/07/2017 at 15:48:08
Cancel that: Foulds came from Bury, the post above was one of my 'Maurice Chevalier' moments: I remember it well. !!!!
John Audsley
17 Posted 21/07/2017 at 21:49:27
Chevalier was a great player for us in his day, always singing "If the nightingales could sing like you" as he dribbled on the right wing in the 1930s.

Well that's what my olde Grandad told me anyway.

Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 21/07/2017 at 22:09:09
John (#17), I think it was the left wing, but your grandad could be right.
Alan J Thompson
19 Posted 23/07/2017 at 05:32:23
Dave (#16); Sounds like you're going to the horses, thank heavens.

Bury it is then. Cheers.

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