Everton talent Fraser Hornby's loan spell is starting to wobble
Everton allowed Fraser Hornby to leave the club in the summer, which was not a surprise. A first-team run seemed unlikely and at 20-years-old it was time the Scotland youth star gained some regular first-team football.
What was surprising was the location and manner of the deal.
The striker headed to Belgian football, joining KV Kortrijk in the Belgian top-flight.
The Belgian club also announced that the deal contained an option to buy clause, which was surprising considering how highly-rated he appeared to be at Everton.
Unfortunately, at the moment, it seems unlikely that Kortrjk would be keen on triggering any permanent deal.
Hornby had a promising start to life with the club, scoring twice in his first three games. However, the goals soon dried up and, as a consequence, as have the minutes.
Hornby’s last goal was in November and he has gone from being a starter to playing most of his football from the bench. He is yet to start a league game in 2020 and was not even in the squad for the club’s last three games.
It appears he is fit, as the bullish frontman has just been included in the Scotland under-21 team for upcoming games against Croatia and Greece.
Hornby has looked a real talent at times for the Everton under-23s and, in particular, the Scotland youth teams, so there’s clearly something to work with.
However, his spell in Belgian football looks increasingly like ending on a sour note.
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