Lee Johnson has spoken about potential challenges for the club in January, and also shares his thoughts on Nathan Broadhead's injury...
"We're going to need to add to the squad in January. The problem you've got at the moment is a lot of clubs are holding onto a lot of players with the Covid situation. Nobody wants to let go a young loan that is decent."
HIGHER LEVEL CLUBS
"They are the ones we will be going for. The ones that are on the verge of the first team and, therefore, higher level clubs will want to hold onto them. It's a drop in the ocean financially [for Premier League clubs]. I reckon quite a few of those will be late shouts but we're certainly in contact."
"You can only play five loans anyway so we'll have to decide what to do with our current loans. Obviously you’ve got the option to convert a loan into a permanent or send people back which creates space."
"Also, we don’t just want to be living off loans all the time. We want to be able to hold onto these players and try and develop them as much as possible."
"He's going to be referred to a surgeon. It's a grade 3A [tear], which is bad, and the physios are half-and-half, so it will be up to the surgeon [whether he needs an operation]. I don't think he will [need an operation] need one, actually, and if he doesn't then it will be three months, but if he does then it could be anywhere up to five months."
RETURN TO EVERTON?
"A lot goes into that - the contract, the money, what Everton's preference is. They have an option to recall him anyway so they might do that on the back of [the injury]."