Grant out on another loan

Wednesday, 30 August, 2017 8comments  |  Jump to most recent
Conor Grant is going out on loan again, this time joining Crewe Alexandra until January.

The 22-year-old midfielder has had two spells with Doncaster Rovers, and one each at Motherwell and Ipswich Town in the past, making over 60 first-team appearances so far but has yet to make his first-team bow for Everton.

The term of Grant's loan, erroneously reported as a season-long loan by the BBC, has been corrected above.


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Will Mabon
2 Posted 30/08/2017 at 17:44:06
The way this is going, there may be a huge central, player rental company one day. Players will not actually be a club-owned player as we know now, but merely hired-in assets.

Prem. clubs are now becoming player rental facilities to lower league clubs - less about player development and more about business. The average age of these loanees grows ever higher. 22 years old, and the parent club are still undecided on the player's worth to the first team - all whilst continuing to buy-in other players?

Perhaps it could be said that lower league clubs are getting access to players they couldn't otherwise afford, or afford to commit to long term. How long before a similar model comes to teams in the Premier League?

Rent your players from Raiola. £150k per week player wages, same sum to Raiola. Three years rental contract therefore 23.4 mil. to Raiola, much cheaper than buying a £150k-per-week player...

The several cases so far of certain bodies having an "Interest" in a player are the early stages of this, I believe.

Charlie Lloyd
3 Posted 30/08/2017 at 17:50:04
Probably loaned to give others a clearer path from U18s to U23s, slight reduction of the wage bill and give Grant a chance to shop window himself for the future. Much like McAleny last season. Expect Garbutt and Jones to do likewise this week.
William Cartwright
4 Posted 30/08/2017 at 20:21:01
See where you are coming from Will; bit cynical but scary at the same time!
Steve Ferns
5 Posted 30/08/2017 at 21:48:23
There's a club called desportivo Brasil. They are different from every other major club in world football in that they have no actual first team. They are simply an academy set up as a blatant football factory to hoover up Brazil's best talent and to sell it to Europe for big money before the players are first team ready, which is why they don't want a conflict of interests by having an actual first team. Amongst the investors are Manchester United.
David Pearl
6 Posted 30/08/2017 at 21:48:24
Isn't that 3rd party ownership Will? Unless players are independent but have an agent to field all those calls. Something doesn't sit right with Chelsea having over 20 players out on loan every year.
I this case with Conor it looks like a shop window job. Its tough at that age. Players are expected to peak earlier than they used to.
Victor Yu
7 Posted 31/08/2017 at 06:47:08
Osman was out on loan until he was 23
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:41:15
Do the lower league clubs pay a loan fee for the players or just take over the wage bill: I would imagine Notts Forest and Birmingham City would be paying a loan fee plus the wages of Keiran Dowell and Liam Walsh as they are getting the services of two very good players along with Galloaway and Browning at Sunderland.
Jay Wood
9 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:00:15
Totally missed the Liam Walsh loan move to the Brummies Dave.

That sounds a good fit. I'll be watching out for their results and line ups.

I'm guessing it's gonna be a make or break season for a number of our loanees. Whether they have a future at Everton, or have to carve out a career elsewhere.

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