Everton Academy product Callum Connolly leaves Goodison on loan


Everton defender Callum Connolly has been on loan to join Fleetwood Town for the remainder of the season.

The national deadline or popularly known as Deadline 2.0 has been less frantic than the European transfer deadline, with Everton focusing on player exits rather than last minute signings. One would have expected the Toffees not to go out of their way to sign someone on the national deadline day.

The Toffees had already added reinforcements in the areas they needed and signing a striker was never seriously considered despite all of Joshua King’s connections and reports. The deadline focused on the exits of the players, with Yannick Bolasie being linked with Middlesbrough, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers all having an interest in the Congolese.

News has now emerged that another Everton player has left Merseyside. Everton academy product Callum Connolly left Everton on loan, joining Fleetwood Town for the remainder of the season, according to Echo of Liverpool. The 23-year-old spent the second half of the 2019-20 season at Highbury Stadium, making 15 appearances in total.

Connolly spent 9 years in Everton’s youth squad before being promoted to the U-21 squad in 2015. Since 2016 Connolly has spent ample time on loan, playing for Wigan, Bolton, Barnsley, Ipswich, Fleetwood and Lincoln City.

The defender is able to play in different positions from the baseline, as a central defender and even as a full back. The 23-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021 and the Englishman is expected to leave the Toffees next year as a free agent.

Other players the Royal Blues were trying to send on loan were Beni Baningime, Matthew Pennington and Nathan Broadhead.

This officially ends the transfer window season. The most surprising thing is that all the rumors, transfer talks, investigations will start again soon with the January transfer window just 76 days old.

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