Everton fans have often been wondering why Cuco Martina is playing at left-back this season, when the club have a talented player in that option out on loan. Brendan Galloway is currently at Championship side Sunderland but was not recalled in January despite the injury to Leighton Baines.
In fact, he might have been recalled simply because he is not playing at the Stadium of Light.
The Zimbawe-born defender has failed to have a telling impact on Wearside this season. He has not played for the Black Cats, who are bottom of the Championship, since the 9th December.
Instead Galloway has been playing with the under-23s. Sunderland boss Chris Coleman simply did not fancy him but now, it seems, he may get a chance. If he does, it will be due to an injury to fellow Everton loanee Tyias Browning.
Browning has suffered a groin strain, putting him out for the rest of the season. With Sunderland already short on central defenders, Galloway is in contention for a recall. Coleman explained as much to the Sunderland Echo:
“Brendan’s had a few U23 games and he asked to play in those so fair play to him.
“He’s trained hard, he might get a call depending on what happens with Sheasy on Friday, he could be in the squad. It is hard for him, it hasn’t worked out but I said to him 6 weeks ago, if you don’t move, stay fit because you never know. He has done that and so he may get a chance. “
This could present Galloway with the perfect chance to finally get his career back on track. When he first broke through at Everton it seemed as though Galloway was destined for the first-team.
But he has simply not developed since. A loan spell at West Brom last season proved to be a disaster and his spell at Sunderland has been, arguably, even worse. Being dropped from a team performing as badly as the Black Cats hardly acts as a measure of confidence.
Galloway could, however, have the chance to prove himself to Coleman and get back into first-team action. It will be at centre-back, not his favoured position, but right now the Everton loanee will take what he can get.
The England under-21 international is still contracted to Everton until 2020 so will be hoping he has what it takes to make it at Goodison Park.
This weekend might be his last big break at Sunderland to show what he is capable of.