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.”
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1 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:09:19
2 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:14:23
I still don't believe that a player can go from being able to hold his own in the first team; then suddenly in a relatively short period of time, be denigrated to outcast.
It also beggars belief; that when we are crying out for a left footed full back; the lad is refused to return to Finch Farm; no we go out and get on loan Mangala, who must be on serious money, from City.
And has been proved to be a very unwise decision, if Saturday's performance is anything to go by; is this another Walsh masterstroke of unearthing talent?
No wonder we are the laughing stock of the Prem, we can pay over the odds for less than mediocre players; and yet have the knack of getting young players with vestiges of future stardom for relatively low outlay; and Boom Shakalaka turn them into scrapheap fodder in a short space of time.
3 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:31:32
No matter how many times you see it, you always hope the kid gets a break and proves himself . . I even feel for young Kopites who are moved on
Stay in there son, You'll always earn a living out of the game and the chance of breaking into the big time isn't over till its over
4 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:39:50
5 Posted 06/02/2018 at 17:54:01
The common thread is Everton, no matter what you think Everton whilst famed for producing young talent or even in this age importing players is doing a piss poor job of nurturing and developing that talent.
Its easy to say that only one if a generation come along, but Everton have to look at several players who are better than your regular graduate and ask if they should have done more?
Galloway is a centre half, we have never played him there, and loaned him to club, WBA, who had no intention of doing so either. The lad has fallen by the wayside and is stuck in limbo.
Garbutt, Walsh, Kenny, Lookman, Vlasic, Lewin, Holgate just a list of players Everton appear ready to discard, without really trying that hard to keep them and mould them.
Trying times at Goodison.
6 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:19:27
7 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:20:54
8 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:38:45
9 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:50:31
(a) they're the laughingstock of the league
(b) they're the worst team in the league, regardless of position in the table
(c) they play the worst brand of football in the league
At the end of the day, we're all just living in our club's particular bubble.
10 Posted 06/02/2018 at 18:50:55
We probably have to go all the way back to Leon Osman to find a player who really came back from a spell in the lower ranks to make himself a first team regular. Even Barkley came up short at Leeds, didn't he ?
Not only with our home reared talent but also teenagers purchased from the lower ranks have suffered from what I named 'the Brentford curse' and their subsequent disappearance down a black hole.
Of course, we are not alone over this issue and even the biggest clubs abuse the system via their insistence on only the finished article at first team level .
11 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:00:35
12 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:03:06
13 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:07:03
14 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:10:16
So, Chris Coleman, let me summarize your positive, empathetic (altruistic even) view on young Galloway.
"Someone, ANYONE, come get this kid off my roster."
15 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:29:13
16 Posted 06/02/2018 at 19:39:07
17 Posted 06/02/2018 at 20:01:41
18 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:00:08
I rate the lad. He's fast (great acceleration), can tackle, good positional sense especially for a relatively inexperienced defender and good work ethic.
From a defensive point of view I think he's our best LB.
However he lacks the skill and crossing / creativity of a modern FB so I understand him not being ahead of Baines on that front.
However he's twice the player Garbutt is who has a nice left leg to swing in crosses but that's about it.
He can and did improve his technique to get forward but at this moment in time I'd be happy for our defenders to go back to basics and Defend!
He's said to be a future CB similar to Holgate but for now learning LB or LWB is or should be good experience.
What or why the managers can't see that I don't understand.
19 Posted 06/02/2018 at 21:06:33
You just don't get to see it because you spend your life thinking all things Everton.
20 Posted 06/02/2018 at 22:11:10
The ones who also have the vision, know how, footballing brains he keeps and plays them. Others he has moved on.
He then plays to their strengths. High intensity, pressing game. Similar to Klopp, Rodgers, Moyes (to a degree).
I'm thinking Wagner in the Premier may be the closest fit?
Our next manager needs to be of a similar mould. No easy task but I know Sam is the polar opposite and needs to depart in the summer.
21 Posted 06/02/2018 at 22:40:44
Its in our blood we are blue blooded and have our values and beliefs in the club and life. Right now in my view the club, has lost sight of reality and as a results based business, the last 30 years, ranks on par with the worst period in the clubs history.
The EPL, of which we were an incumbent start up member and Sir Phil Carter led the drive, for a better game, has seen the club decline like never before. Trying to catch up and be seen, be there and at the top has come at a huge price.
Weve all said giga bytes of feedback and such is our cause and belief. Right now its as if we are fishing for the record fish in the Dead Sea or the dried up stream.. its gone for now and it could come back but highly unlikely.
Every day in life is a good day EFC, dominates, provocates, and drives us, all nuts. But we care. The sinews after last Saturdays latest walkover, suggests the fans are really at the brink .
The Blue Blood runs through, for ever, but we all see is no style, no manner, no guts, no appetite, no passion, no care and sadly no genuine hope.. Reality bites, I hope the board, wake up from their 30 year slumber and show some guts.. What happens this summer assuming we scrape home and stay up is key to the future.
EFC - EiTC, is a great and bench marking, community support charity, the best by any football club in the UK, by a mile.. That is commendable.. On the park, where it counts most, weve become a farce. I feel genuine hurt and sympathy for the fans from the last 30 years..
So hope eternal and we will turn back the clock back, and be, 5-0, up at half time, this Saturday. I wish. That was a good day in also quite moody times at the club and in life. Hope eternal.
22 Posted 06/02/2018 at 23:21:12
Some of the older players could take a leaf out of his book.
23 Posted 07/02/2018 at 00:55:53
I watched him quite often for the U23s and he was a shadow of the player who made the first team.
I don't know whether it was personal issues or lack of confidence but his awareness and concentration went to the dogs.
He appears to have been the same when on loan at West Brom and Sunderland.
I feel for the lad but there is a mental toughness required for the premiership and without it a lot of young lads fall by the wayside regrettably.
24 Posted 07/02/2018 at 06:08:03
25 Posted 07/02/2018 at 07:59:47
26 Posted 07/02/2018 at 08:34:18
27 Posted 07/02/2018 at 09:17:55
Galloway has had a torrid time and back to back failed loan moves must be shredding his confidence. Should have sent him to a decent league one club where he surely would have been first pick and got 20 games or so to remember the joy of playing football.
Why was this not facilitated by the club? Unless no-one wanted him? Or more likely it would mean we'd have to cover more of his wages and they have already written him off?
Either way it seems unlikely that he's seen as one for future at Everton which is a pity as many of us thought he had real potential just a year or two ago.
28 Posted 07/02/2018 at 11:01:25
Galloway is a victim of a club who is not interested in his future, only getting his wages paid by somebody else. Chris Colman is surprised that Everton didn't want him back, so that a loan to MK Dons who want him could be sorted. Hopefully Colman will help him, no-one else will.
As for Everton, the Board deserves all the negativity it gets in the future, for allowing Allardyce to justifying his £6 million wages at the expense of Everton's youth. The Everton Way is disappearing fast under this Manager and the future of promising players with it.
29 Posted 07/02/2018 at 11:18:26
30 Posted 07/02/2018 at 12:44:46
31 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:28:26
Love a bit of fight in a player me.
32 Posted 07/02/2018 at 13:30:11
33 Posted 07/02/2018 at 14:38:24
My worry now is for Kenny, Dowell, and to a lesser extent Tom Davies, because no way can these players go back to under 23's football, because it will,do,them no favors whatsoever?
My thoughts on Galloway, are that I thought he was going to be a great player, but once he's gone away from the positivity of Martinez, the kids found it hard. Maybe the new contract never helped though because once somebody gets set up for life, it won't be uncommon for the hunger to disappear, or maybe they just lose a bit of fight?
34 Posted 07/02/2018 at 15:34:56
35 Posted 07/02/2018 at 15:58:20
As others have said if he can't get a kick in a very poor Sunderland team how could he be ready for the Premier League?
36 Posted 07/02/2018 at 18:11:00
The boy is talented, but obviously Klueless Koeman didn't fancy him and neither does the tactical mastermind that is Sam "Hoof It" Allardyce.
I hope he sticks it out, turns up for next pre-season determined to impress whoever is in charge and kicks on a gear.
Mangala won't be there next season, Mori hasn't exactly ripped up any trees and Williams and Jags will probably go in the summer. That leaves a huge whole in terms of squad depth at CB, with only Holgate, Mori and Michael "still turning, still turning, still turning..." Keane as serious competition.
37 Posted 08/02/2018 at 08:27:45
I'm starting to think does anyone there know what they are doing. The answer would appear to be no.
38 Posted 08/02/2018 at 15:15:43
When the season started, Galloway had about a year of not playing regular football, so the club agreed to loan him out, I assume with some sort of guarantee he would play. I gather he started playing at the beginning of the season at Sunderland but they've changed managers in the meantime and fair play to Coleman for coming out and wanting to end the loan deal.
All I assume is Koeman didn't think he needed Galloway (maybe he thought a new left-back was coming in) so instead of not playing here, he would get game time somewhere else, which ultimately hasn't happened.
I don't think we can always criticize these loan deals seems to be working well for Browning and Pennington and Dowell.
40 Posted 08/02/2018 at 15:27:36
We have a wealth of young quality centre-backs waiting for the opportunity.
Pennington, Browning and Feeney to name but three.
41 Posted 08/02/2018 at 15:35:30
Browning plays every week though and has kept the once highly rated Lamina Kone out of the team.
Other loans that are working (in terms of regular games played) are Connolly at Ipswich, Robinson at Bolton, Williams at Barnsley and of course Dowell at Forest.
42 Posted 08/02/2018 at 15:53:36
I know he hasn't played many games but I thought that was through injury,
43 Posted 08/02/2018 at 16:38:31
Think he started off slow but apparently played a blinder coming off the bench against Millwall (I think) a couple of weeks ago and the manager was on about making it permanent. Now they've changed managers, it may all change. I do think this loan is a make or break deal for Everton though.
44 Posted 08/02/2018 at 18:57:46
I had some hope for Pennington and was hoping hed be playing all year to get mistakes out of his system. Hopefully hell start playing more now until the end of the season.
45 Posted 09/02/2018 at 04:50:18
Plus, Browning has been a regular in the line-up.
46 Posted 11/02/2018 at 21:15:28
47 Posted 11/02/2018 at 21:35:12
48 Posted 11/02/2018 at 21:44:23
49 Posted 15/02/2018 at 19:58:40
That's the problem with managers now in that fans want instant results and the managers with their job on the line in the main won't risk playing relatively inexperienced young players.
I'm surprised in that he appears to be struggling!
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