Everton youngster Brendan Galloway has returned to the Merseyside club after the defender’s loan was cut short by West Brom. Since joining the Baggies on loan at the start of the season, the England under-21 international could just make five appearances and only once since September - the 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Derby in January.

The Zimbabwe-born left-back, who started his career at MK Dons, made his debut at Northampton in the EFL Cup and played consecutive games against Middlesbrough and Bournemouth. After playing well against Middlesbrough in September, Brendan Galloway made a minor, but costly mistake at Bournemouth. Tony Pulis pulled Galloway off during the win over West Ham the following week after committing another error, discovering just how ruthless Tony Pulis can be. However, Pulis never had any personal issues with Galloway, he left him out purely for footballing reasons.

Tony Pulis had earlier raised his concerns for the defender, saying:

"In Brendan's case he did have a bad injury and was out for about six weeks. [Allan] Nyom, [Craig] Dawson and [Chris] Brunt have played full back and have played exceptionally well. So it's been difficult to change that position."

There were rumours that Everton had struck a deal with Championship side Derby County in January, to send the Galloway on loan to Pride Park for the rest of the campaign. However, with Premier League loan deals unable to be terminated outside of the two transfer windows, Galloway eventually remained with West Brom. 

Galloway’s exit means Albion’s defence has now grown thinner with only Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom and Marc Wilson as the senior backs at the club. Galloway, meanwhile, played for David Unsworth’s Everton U23s last night and set up a goal, as they swept aside Tottenham 4-1 - they now need two points from their remaining two games to clinch the Premier League 2 title.