A rarely seen Everton midfielder is facing the prospect of a loan departure in January in the hopes of reigniting his ailing career.

The Toffees made a superb start to the campaign, notching four league wins on the bounce as feathers were well and truly ruffled.

Their form has since dipped following their 2-2 draw with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby. Regardless, hopes still remain high of a successful season under Carlo Ancelotti.

A key factor behind their resurgence has been the Italian has being afforded the resources to reshape his squad in his image.

Several of his summer recruits have performed well thus far, including midfield duo Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure,

The pair have added strength and steel to the engine room, while Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and co. provide adequate depth.