By Dominic Toner
Everton youngster Russell Griffiths has joined Scottish club Motherwell, it was announced on Friday morning.
The Toffees confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 20-year-old had joined Motherwell on loan until the end of the season.
The English goalkeeper spent the first six months of the campaign on loan with League Two side Cheltenham and will now to continue experiencing regular first-team football in Scotland.
— Everton (@Everton) January 27, 2017
Griffiths spent the first half of the season with Cheltenham, who are currently battling relegation in League Two.
The shot stopper made 29 appearances across all competitions and kept four clean sheets.
He is yet to make his senior debut for the Toffees, but has featured regularly for their Under-23s side in the past.
The youngster will hope to continue his development now in Scotland and fight for a starting position at Motherwell, who are ninth-placed in the top-flight.
Football Insider verdict:
Griffiths’ move to Scotland is a good step in his development as it should be a considerable step up from the League Two football he has been experiencing. The 20-year-old certainly has time on his side and as a goalkeeper still has his best years way in front of him. The Toffees currently have Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg as their goalkeeping options, but neither are regarded as serious long-term options as number one. Everton will certainly be looking for a new goalkeeper in January and Griffiths could be a long shot chance if he impresses at Motherwell. Ronald Koeman has shown he is willing to give youngsters the chance to impress, with the likes of Tom Davies and Mason Holgate the latest products to emerge from the club’s academy.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have made a decision on a defender after fielding a Premier League approach.