Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has expressed his concern that Brendan Galloway is wasting time at a critical stage of his development after a loan move elsewhere failed to materialise last month.
The Everton defender has been on loan at the Stadium of Light since August where he was hoping to reignite his career following a frustrating spell with West Bromwich Albion the season before.
A hugely promising centre-half who had represented England at U-21 level while he was being deployed as an emergency left-back by Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park, Galloway has found himself out in the cold with the Black Cats who have struggled in the Championship this season.
Coleman was brought in as a replacement for Simon Grayson who was sacked earlier in the campaign but through the chaos, Galloway has only made two appearances, neither of them as a starter.
According to a report in the Northern Echo, Coleman tried to engineer a move back to Everton during the January transfer window to allow him to arrange a loan move elsewhere, with the player's preferred destination being his old club MK Dons.
Neither that move nor a loan elsewhere could be concluded so the decision was taken to leave the 21-year-old on Wearside in the hope that he could get more game time.
“Brendan is a lovely kid and he has been working hard but he has lacked game time" Coleman is quoted as saying." He's here to get game time and he is not getting it.
“You don't want to waste the boy's time, it is a critical stage for him. We thought maybe Everton would want to take him back, maybe loan him out somewhere else — even in the division below — but that wasn't the case.
“So Brendan is still here, and he is a cracking boy. Who knows, we may need to call on him yet.”