Sonny Blu Lo-Everton‘s loan at Yeovil Town has been extended until the end of the season, manager Darren Sarll has confirmed to the Gloverscast.
The 19-year-old has made 22 appearances since arriving at Huish Park from his parent club, Premier League Watford, in the summer, but his original loan expired last weekend.
Speaking to Ben Barrett at his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s visit by Wrexham, the manager confirmed he is staying until the end of the campaign.
He said: “Sonny is done which is great for us.
“With players like Sonny, you see the best part of their season in that second half once they have adapted to the senior game and to our game.
“If we are in line to see an even better version of Sonny then we have got an absolute gem of our player.”
The manager also confirmed that on-loan goalkeeper Dillon Barnes, who played two games during the suspension of Grant Smith over the Christmas and New Year period, and full-back Jaheim Headley have returned to their parent clubs QPR and Huddersfield Town.
In other news at the club’s weekly press conference, the manager said…..
- Captain Luke Wilkinson was unlikely to feature against Wrexham but said he hoped to have him back for next weekend’s trip to Woking.
He said: “We have to be careful with him, he’s going to train today (Friday) but I doubt we’ll risk him tomorrow.
“But he should be good for next week which when he came off at Southend that scared the life out of me, so for him to only miss a couple of weeks has been the last part of the past two weeks.“
- Winger Charlie Wakefield has not had a full week of training having been out of the squad for last weekend’s exit from the FA Trophy against Needham Market.
The manager said: “He’s had a problem with his back. Charlie has played more games for Yeovil than his other four clubs combined and he’s feeling the effects of it.
“We have been careful with him this week, I do expect him to be available but I am not sure whether he’ll start or come off the bench.”
The manager is not far off with Wakefield having made 24 appearances already this season – he managed one fewer for Wealdstone and Bromley last season, but managed just 13 appearances for Chelsea Under-23s in 2016/17 and Coventry City in 2018/19 and 2019/20.
- Asked about any incomings, Sarll said he was trying to bring players in and suggested these were more likely to come in through the loan market than permanent signings.
He said: “My job is always to ask for more and I do that repeatedly. We are trying to negotiate with players and clubs all the time.
“It needs refreshing now, that’s why there’s a window in January because clubs need that extra to spike it at this point in the season.
“This is the least amount of loans I have used in my time at Yeovil, so we have plenty of room to loan players in which is probably going to be our only source of acquisition.
“There’s some really good players available this window and if we can get them, we will get them.”
Asked if he had contacted former assistant Terry Skiverton, who took over as a first-team coach at Charlton Athletic on Monday, the manager laughed: “I did ask for one but he can’t get me him, so I started swearing and hung up!“