Following the appointment of Roberto Martinez as manager, Shane Duffy would have been hoping for a change of fortune at Everton. Under David Moyes he never got opportunity to establish himself as a first team player and even after he produced a string of solid performances, when given an opportunity because of injury, he dropped out of the picture as soon as more established members of the squad returned to full fitness.
Unfortunately for Shane Duffy, he seems further away from the first team than ever before. Under Moyes he was fourth choice centre back, with Jagielka, Distin and Heitinga ahead of the Irishman in the managers thoughts. Since the appointment of Martinez, he has dropped two further places in the pecking order, with young English defender John Stones the next in line and Paraguayan international Antolin Alcaraz ahead of Duffy in the managers thoughts even if he is yet to feature because of injury problems.
It is hard not to fear for Duffy’s Everton future, with the defender now in the last chance saloon. The only logical step for Duffy was a loan move to a Championship club in the hope of proving himself in a competitive setting. Should his loan move to Yeovil fail to be successful, he is sure to be shown the exit door by the Toffees.
Duffy does not need to look far to see that a loan move could be the perfect opportunity to propel him into the thoughts of the manager. Ross Barkley and Leon Osman both used a period of time away from the club to refine their skills and both returned to Everton better players and have in the case of Leon Osman made over 350 appearances for the Blues.
He should also be aware of those who promised much but are now fulfilling their career in the Football League. Huddersfield duo, Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard, two other Everton academy graduates that found the leap from reserve football to the Everton first team too much, despite their impressive youth team careers.
It promises to be a big few months for Shane Duffy and one I am sure a number of Evertonians will follow very closely.