Rumour has it that Manchester United will send Adnan Januzaj out on a season-long loan next season, with Everton considered to be leading the chase.
The prospect of the switch sparked such divergent opinions at the news.bwin.com morning editorial meeting that it was decided that whether or not such a move would benefit the young Belgian would be discussed in two separate stories.
James Middleton outlined the case in favour of a year on Merseyside yesterday – today it’s time to refute his claims.
The fact is that recent youngsters to make the temporary move to Goodison Park have seldom advanced their careers during their stay.
As we speak, Africa Cup of Nations finalist Christian Atsu is doing his nomadic career few favours on the periphery of the Toffees side.
So far the Ghanaian has amassed 200 minutes of domestic football since completing his temporary switch in August 2014.
The season before, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu enjoyed, at first glance, a far better time of it at Goodison.
Like Januzaj, the pair were feted prospects at recent Champions League winners for whom the ultimate objective was to crowbar their way into the first-team picture at their parent clubs.
Lukaku emulated his previous loan spell at West Brom quite closely, for all he was playing in a more successful team, scoring one goal less than he had in his Baggy season from five fewer outings.
However, the Belgian’s endeavours registered barely a ripple back at Stamford Bridge.
Instead his loan spell at Everton earned him only a permanent move to…Everton.
Deulofeu is another who has been linked with a trasnfer back to Goodison Park, having barely arrived back at Barcelona before being loaned out once more to Sevilla for 2014/15.
An unsatisfactory season at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan has seen him complete 90 minutes just once and come in for personal criticism against Rayo Vallecano earlier this month.