This time last year, the defender was a regular in the Everton side deputising impressively for the injured Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo.
With both players fit now, however, and more competition in his more natural role at centre half, a loan move arguably makes more sense for him at this stage of his career.
With Tony Pulis's penchant for playing four centre-halves across his back like rather than orthodox fullbacks, Galloway is a good fit for him at West Brom and it could provide the former MK Dons player the platform to transition back from left back to centre back that ex-Everton boss Roberto Martinez envisaged after he had played around 60 games.
"What we like for young players is to give them the best way to improve because he is a player with a future at Everton," Ronald Koeman explained to evertontv regarding the decision to send Galloway to The Hawthorns.
"At the moment he is not playing for the first team. It's not good for young players to play every week for the Under-23s [but rather] give them a platform to play at the highest level.
"There was a possibility at West Brom. I know the manager very well, he asked me about Brendan and we took the decision to put him out on loan because, really, it's about the development of a young player [and getting] him back better so he can provide better competition to the rest of the team."
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1 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:20:16
He impressed when playing with our first team but (according to reports on here) his attitude/performances stunk when playing reserve football.
Should suit WBA as they like playing 4 CBs.
2 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:23:36
3 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:27:31
4 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:28:24
5 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:28:52
They'll both be better off. And if they're good enough to force their way into our side then we'll know about it.
6 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:30:11
7 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:31:38
8 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:33:43
9 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:35:27
10 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:38:48
There is a big difference between Garbutt and Galloway - Garbutt is a championship player, over-rated because he has a decent delivery. Galloway is a Premier League player who can become a starter for us in the future. He needs games, and when he comes back, I expect he will be in line to challenge for a first team place. Jags is 34 and will not be around forever, and I expect that Williams came in, as a soon to be 32 year old, because of the realisation that we had talented youth defenders capable of making a first team claim in the next few years.
We are looking very healthy at the back with Galloway, Holgate and Browning behind Coleman, Williams, Mori, Jags, Kone/another cb? and Baines. We just need another goalkeeper, and probably another top left back long term.
11 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:39:21
12 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:39:37
13 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:42:03
14 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:42:13
15 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:46:03
16 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:46:34
He is definitely better than Jonas Olssen, which would allow Evans to play at CB, with Galloway playing at LB... He will be good I think, and the way WBA play with 4 Centre backs, he will learn to defend a lot better, while still in a natural position for him.
I feel he has a massive future at LCB.
Good luck Gallo 💪
17 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:46:49
I hope we don't let this kid slip through the net, it would be a crime.
Its a product of new manager and demanding fans (us), I expect Kone will also be brought in also, which shoves the young players further down the pecking order.
At this time its probably the best option for Galloway having said all that, I just hope he gets more chances in our first team in the future.
18 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:47:39
19 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:49:48
Just a good job we're all not suckers for the 'official line'!
20 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:54:26
21 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:56:17
All the best with everything in the Championship.
Yours sincerely, Everton FC.
PS: Tapas for table one, you sweaty shirt-hangin-out, red-face meff"
22 Posted 22/08/2016 at 14:59:05
Koeman, iirc, came with a slight reputation of being keen on buying/playing 'experience' rather than promoting kids.
23 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:03:50
24 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:04:27
25 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:07:20
26 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:15:09
27 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:15:29
28 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:15:35
29 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:23:36
30 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:32:36
31 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:35:56
32 Posted 22/08/2016 at 15:50:48
33 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:01:24
34 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:04:49
35 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:10:07
Other than the above, this move is fantastic for everyone at the club. The manager and fans get to see Galloway in action week-in & week-out at the highest level. The lad gets to keep on playing Premier League footy, and as an added bonus he gets to play under one of the leagues most disciplined defensive coach's.
Win-win for everyone, a brilliant move.
We also refused fat arse Rafa a favour !!!
36 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:14:04
37 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:18:05
38 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:24:17
39 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:24:22
David #8, that's one of the most clueless posts I have ever seen here. Oviedo is a quality, intelligent footballer with pace who pressures crosses better than Bainesy. And RK clearly feels the same, because he wouldn't be sending out Galloway and ensuring Oviedo's place in the squad as Baines' cover if he thought Bryan was "weak", now would he?
I'll take Koeman's opinion over yours any day.
40 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:25:51
Hopefully this loan will enable him to get back on form and restore his confidence.
41 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:28:01
As regards Oviedo, he's okay in the short term but would not be surprised if Martins Indi shows up.
43 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:38:13
Like all young players, if he's good enough in terms of talent and attitude, he'll come back and make it with us. If he isn't. well, he won't.
Behind Phil Walling's pantomime villain shtick is the simple truth that most of these young kids don't make it at this level. We've had a glorious exception in Stones, let's hope Galloway and Holgate are two more.
In the meantime, I'm glad we've bought Williams and are after another centre back. Let's go for now rather than tomorrow.
44 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:50:14
I like Galloway, he's not afraid to get stuck in and he gets tight and wants to win the ball but he does need to learn positioning and working within a solid structure and working with the likes of Pulis, McAuley, Olsson & Evans will be invaluable for the lad.
45 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:50:25
Regarding WBA, its a good deal for both clubs. And he stays in the premier league. He is going to get plenty of practice under Mr Pulis.
This is another sign of the changes happening at our great club. I wonder if McCarthy will end up at Sunderland, as has been suggested?
46 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:55:23
Mr Koeman has said he wants three keepers and four central defenders. If we have Jagielka, Funes Mori, Holgate and Williams does it mean we have no further need for another?
Just a week until the window closes? I hope the new U-23s league offers some hope to the younger talent to show their capabilities.
47 Posted 22/08/2016 at 16:59:03
It's a great move as the lads have said, learning the art of defence under Pulis with game time is perfect for Galloway and us.
48 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:18:56
At that point the lad broke his leg, a double break if my memory serves me correctly. As he regained fitness he then suffered a series of the usual soft-tissue injuries so common as players are trying to regain full fitness after a long lay-off. Then, as he regained fitness Martinez started playing him out of position on the right denying the lad a consistent and productive return to game-fitness.
Oviedo is a very good player at left back and he can do a decent job as a left sided midfielder as well in an emergency. It might suit and inform his critics to dig out everybody's comments on here at the time he suffered his leg-break. Most of us were devastated as he was playing so well. Seemingly, Big Ron agrees about hoe good he is!
Concerning Galloway...this is a win-win for us and the lad. If there is one thing Pulis can do it is toughen up and enlighten defenders. He can help the lad undo all the shite he was subjected to under Martinez.
49 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:23:56
It might be in a year's time, maybe two as he's so young but you would think Koeman would have a plan and move someone else on if needed. I wish we could get all our younger players who are close to breaking through into the first team on loans at Premier League clubs.
50 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:27:23
Some TWebbers are so negative at the drop of a hat that you have to laugh.
51 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:47:45
I doubt if Garbutt or Galloway will ever grace our first team again. Am I not allowed to hold that opinion?
52 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:58:32
53 Posted 22/08/2016 at 17:59:55
54 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:07:57
I love Ronald Koeman so far and am not one to argue with him but he also has Kone in the squad still and surely you are not going to defend him too. Time will show Koeman and those on here that Oviedo is a liability. Hopefully there is a recall option in January on Galloway.
55 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:10:06
It is a testament to how well Galloway is rated for a Premier League side to take him on loan, and to snub an offer from Newcastle (as much as I want to put a small club jibe in here , the Toon are a big club and have a following who if they take to a player, idols are born. Still glad he told Rafa to piss-off though!)
If he gets games this could work out well. I am just glad we have no Belgian defenders, because they will be party to some interesting training camps at international breaks!
56 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:11:23
Did we ever do a loan-deal to a Premier League club before? I like the sound of this, myself!
57 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:25:21
Going on loan give them the opportunity for regular action and we need only look at what these moves did for Barkley, Coleman and dare I say Osman.
Baines is getting past his best so the opportunity will arise soon for one of these aspiring defenders to stake a claim including a fully fit Oviedo.
58 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:47:58
I think Oviedo is showing signs of a return to what he was.Looks much sharper to me this season and RK has clearly seen enough to feel comfortable sending Galloway on loan.
Phil makes some good points over a season but people would take more notice if he could see the positives too occasionally.
60 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:55:38
61 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:00:54
62 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:05:32
I am hearing no option to buy but no recall option either — just a season,long loan.
I think this is ideal for the kid as his form went out of the window when he was put back in the Under-23 team.
63 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:08:23
65 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:24:19
68 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:40:10
70 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:01:27
73 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:43:11
It would appear he's been loaned out because Kone is coming in... and that's my problem.
I've seen quite a bit of Kone and IMO, young Brendan is a better player.
74 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:05:23
"I honestly think Brian Oviedo is one of the worst players I have ever seen in an Everton shirt."
The stupidest post ever on ToffeeWeb? Worse than Niasse, Atteveld, Claus Thompson, Gareth Farrelly et al? A few seasons ago he was tremendous. Yes, he's not great, but your statement is ridiculous.
76 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:31:27
77 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:41:07
Calling the end on Galloway is premature. The lad will benefit playing weekly in the Premier League, rather than sat in the stand. I am not a fan of Pulis, but his sides are always disciplined and can defend. He will come back a better player.
78 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:55:04
Be warned, however, we have also loaned players — Senderos, Ledley King, Atsu. No guarantees whatsoever on playing.
I also laugh at Pulis teaching the kid to defend. One of the World's best centre halves is Galloway's current manager!
79 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:58:30
“There was a possibility of [joining] West Brom. I know their manager very well. He asked me about Brendan and finally we took the decision to put him on loan because that will help the development of a young player.
“We can get him back a better player who can offer more competition to the rest of the defenders.”
80 Posted 22/08/2016 at 22:13:30
83 Posted 22/08/2016 at 22:38:37
Forshaw didn't "get away"... he was let go after 12 years with Everton, unable to get past the reserves because he was Osman-sized but lacked even Osman's strength and quickness. Moyes kept him around as long as he could, but Forshaw just wasn't Prem-ready. He became a local hero for Brentford in League 1 but then failed in the Championship at Wigan and was shuttled off to Boro.
Judging by his appearance Sunday he has spent a lot of time in the weight room, and he was great for Boro in that game. Happy for him, but four years on he still couldn't crack our first team today, so Moyes's decision was correct.
84 Posted 22/08/2016 at 22:54:03
Galloway is a future Everton star for me, but I agree we've seen the last of Garbutt (no tears from me on that one), and Phil may well be half right about Holgate's future, because with Coleman (age 27) firm at RB and Funes Mori (25), Kone (27) and probably Galloway (20) ahead of him in the CB queue, I can see Holgate spending a lot of time on the substitutes' bench in coming years.
85 Posted 22/08/2016 at 23:02:27
Agree about Galloway, who has always impressed me, especially with his desire, and I think he will be some defender, once he fills out, and gains more strength.
If Koeman, isn't going to start him, I'm glad he's going out on loan, because he's definately out-grew development football now, and needs to play proper competitive footy.
86 Posted 22/08/2016 at 23:23:17
Who is this Ledley King that you say we loaned? Not that I recall... Seems he played his entire career for one club. Methinks you are mistaken.
87 Posted 22/08/2016 at 23:26:41
88 Posted 22/08/2016 at 23:27:27
Guillame Plessis, anyone?
89 Posted 22/08/2016 at 00:00:58
Maybe we can find a photo of him somewhere...?
90 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:09:30
I kind of hope it's the former:
"Look, it's nice and all, but let's not get too carried away about the news love. Just keep in mind that even Queen Jocasta of Thebes was initially quite happy to hear the words "Congratulations. It's a boy." "
"Brilliant to hear about your big lottery win. Of course, the interest rates the banks are offering these days means it's barely worth the bother of claiming it. And that massive cardboard cheque they make you hold up for the photos? Well, if it's a really, really windy day, you'll look and sound like Rolf Harris wanking about with his wobble board and we all know where he ended up, don't we?"
91 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:14:31
Yeah, Anthony Gardner was brought in on loan by Moyes at one point. Although, I don't recall him ever setting foot on the pitch during his time here.
92 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:22:36
93 Posted 23/08/2016 at 01:14:15
94 Posted 23/08/2016 at 06:45:05
Kone contributed to Sunderland's survival without any shadow of a doubt, he is a very decent player, but the whole team became more cohesive and better organised.
I just think people are forgetting how well Galloway did in a Martinez team. I think he has more to his game than Kone and under Koemans tuition I would chose him.
I've noticed a couple of people posting that Koeman prefers to bring in the finished article than to develop. I haven't investigated enough to refute or support that claim. Of course if he brings success, I don't suppose any of us will care
95 Posted 23/08/2016 at 07:00:47
I wonder will we look to do something similar with Browning when he is back from injury.
Holgate is starting to be more than just a young player filling in. The more he starts, the more experience and confidence he will gain. He will also start to develop an understanding with the players in front of him. It may be harder than we think for Coleman to get back into the side.
96 Posted 23/08/2016 at 07:51:08
97 Posted 23/08/2016 at 09:31:09
I hope so - I have high hopes for young Tyas. A year at the Tony Pulis finishing school for centre halves will do the youngster and Everton the world of good.
98 Posted 23/08/2016 at 11:29:06
99 Posted 23/08/2016 at 12:29:29
He is a combative lad and Pullis will unquestionably tap into and develop that.
The relationship between Pullis and Mr Koeman is well known and it is clear that the latter is confident in the West Brom managers ability to develop the player. He is clear in his statement that this a loan and that Galloway is seen as a future Blue.
I share the opinion of many who think this a win-win situation. Dark arts from Pullis and the polish from RK.
Keep the faith.
100 Posted 23/08/2016 at 14:32:20
Just on the topic of strange loans, anyone remember Rodrigo? One of Moyes's first signings, think he got injured early on. Traore was a strange one as well.
101 Posted 24/08/2016 at 02:55:06
Ledley King. Played his full career at Spurs, not at Everton at anytime as far as I know.
Ledley, was a great defender for Spurs and England and had to retire through injury.
I think he's still at Spurs in some capacity, but not sure what that is.
102 Posted 24/08/2016 at 08:36:27
103 Posted 24/08/2016 at 19:37:37
104 Posted 25/08/2016 at 12:45:11
105 Posted 28/08/2016 at 13:25:42
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