Everton's use of the loan market in the January transfer window is something that could prove crucially important in the future.

The club have a number of talented young players among their ranks, but opted to send a particular trio of those stars out to get senior football on a temporary but more regular basis.

Having been in an around the Blues first team throughout the course of the campaign - Ellis Simms, Jarrad Branthwaite and Anthony Gordon all left in January to try their hand in lower leagues.

The experiences on the pitch that all three are having might be a little different, but some key points are consistent throughout, and that's what will make Everton happy.

All are getting game-time and, despite a range of differing performances, all seem to have the backing of their respective managers.

Meanwhile Everton's under-23s don't seem too adversely affected by the departures, winning three of their last four matches including an impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester United last week.

And coach Francis Jeffers knows how vital it is for the club's young stars to find their feet in senior football as soon as they possibly can.

He told the ECHO: "It's brilliant to see. That's our jobs, we help them. Under-23 football is great, but actually first team football is what it's about.

"if they can't get into first team right now, the people at the club who make these decisions think it's best that they go on loan which is brilliant.

"It is great to see Anthony, Jarrad, people like that - Ellis Simms getting goals - Jarrad playing well in the Championship and Anthony the same.

"It's great to see."

Simms might not have found the back of the net since his League One debut, in which he bagged a brace against Wigan, but his performances have been catching the eye.

Particularly after his side's victory over Charlton Athletic on Saturday, the Blackpool manager sung the praises of the Everton loanee who seems to be adapting well to the physicality of his new surroundings.

Neil Critchley told the Blackpool Gazette: “We thought we could get some success against their two centre-backs and we were searching for balls down the sides of them and in behind them.

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“I thought he was a real handful all game, a real physical presence for us and he caused them a lot of problems."

For Gordon there have already been a number of promising displays for Preston, but he's still waiting for his first goal for his new side.

The winger was on the cusp of the Everton first team and did have some minutes under his belt, along with impressive performances.

But moving out on loan already seems to be working wonders for the youngster as he is regularly showing off his talents, with his manager confident that the end product will not be far away.

Alex Neil recently told Lancashire Live: "Anthony is an excellent talent and he's going to put his game together in terms of understanding how to damage teams because he's certainly got the quality to do that.

"When he does, you won't need to worry about goals coming from him because he will supply those.

"He's only a young lad, we need to give him time - tonight we gave him a lot of the ball, he caused problems and just didn't have the icing on the cake which was a goal for his performance."

However, in terms of performances at least, Branthwaite has found things a little more difficult at Blackburn after what was a confident start for the Everton defender.

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He's now partnered with Taylor Harwood-Bellis, a fellow loanee, at centre-back for the Championship side - but what's interesting to note is his manager's understanding attitude.

Tony Mowbray remarked to the Lancashire Telegraph after his side's defeat to Watford: “It wasn’t a great night for defenders to have to defend with the incessant rain and the pitch not bouncing, it was a difficult night for defenders and I felt a little bit of uncertainty and nervousness.

“It’s the second game in a row they’ve played together, is it understandable? I think so.

“They were never brought here to be our central defensive partnership, Lenihan, Ayala, Wharton, Williams, they would be all in the equation, but here they are thrown into this equation because we need to do that."

The common theme is not just Everton's players getting valuable game time and learning valuable lessons, but also that they have the trust of their respective managers.

That's why Jeffers knows it is brilliant to see youngsters getting out on loan and testing themselves at a senior level.

The Blues have seemingly picked the right temporary moves for each of these three players on this occasion, and how they continue their respective campaigns will be very interesting to watch.