Everton plan to keep hold of young forward Shani Tarashaj rather than send him on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 22-year-old has been part of the Merseyside club since January 2016 when he joined from Swiss club Grasshoppers.
The forward has struggled to break into the first team at Goodison Park, which resulted in a loan deal with Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season.
Tarashaj, though, was forced to return to Everton early due to a knee injury.
The youngster has since returned to fitness, but according to the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees will not loan him out again for the remainder of the campaign.
From the club’s point of view, it is always helpful to have a full squad to choose from, particularly in Everton’s situation given that they are on a seven-game winless run.
However, Tarashaj does not have the experience to be thrown into the fold and it seems unlikely that he would get many minutes anyway.
The Swiss player is going to struggle to compete with new signings Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott.
For all parties, it would have been beneficial for the young attacker to be loaned out in order to gain more first-team experience.