In a new weekly series to ‘The Liverpool Word’ called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our Academy players for that week, if you missed the last edition of ‘Loan Watch’, then be sure to look on my blog for it. The aim of this series is to keep Liverpool fans interested in the players who are not at the club at this current time, but still are in the clubs’ records.
Liverpool Under 21 winger Suso was loaned out to newly promoted La Liga side Almeria for the duration of the 2013/14 season. He has made a significant impact thus far, scoring 1 goal and making 3 assists in 7 starts and being involved in many more goals. On Sunday, Suso and his Almeria team-mates travelled to Sevilla. The good news is that Suso played 88 minutes of the game and did provide the assist for Almeria’s only goal, that was scored by Rodri. Unfortunately, Almeria lost the game 2-1 following a last minute winner from the home side, which leaves Suso’s side bottom of the table and still without a win this season. However, Suso is certainly turning out to be Almeria’s most influential player, having now 4 assists and 1 goal in 8 games and becoming Almeria’s leading assister. Due to the international break, Almeria’s next game will be at home to Rayo Vallecano, where Suso is expected to start and try help his side pick up their first win of the season.
Former Under 21 captain Conor Coady was loaned out to League One side Sheffield United until January, and he has found it hard to maintain consistency with the blades, failing to start a game since the 7th of September. It is not only the player who is struggling as David Weir’s side lay 21st in League One, with only 1 win in 10 games, and have not won since the opening day where they beat Notts County at Bramall Lane. Coady was involved in Sheffield United’s 1-1 draw at home to Crawley where he came on as a 38th minute substitute replacing the injured Florent Cuvelier. He almost scored the winner in the 83rd minute but his shot forced a very good low save from Crawley ‘keeper Paul Jones.
Coady also featured in Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 2nd round 1-0 home defeat to Hartlepool and played the full 90 minutes, a rare occasion for the 20 year old. Coady almost opened the scoring in the first minute of the game as his shot could only smash the crossbar. After Cuvelier’s injury on Saturday, Coady will be hoping to play some part in Sheffield United’s next game, where the travel to Coventry on Sunday
Joao Teixiera signed for League One side Brentford on a one-month loan deal and hardly made an impact with the Bees. What surprised many was that he featured for Liverpool Under 21s in their 5-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspurs on Monday night. The next day, it was confirmed that Teixeira’s loan move was cancelled and inevitably returned to Alex Inglethorpe’s side.
Under 21 forward spent the latter half of last season on loan at Scottish Premier League side Hearts and this season is spending the season on loan at newly promoted Championship side Yeovil Town. Like Coady, Ngoo has struggled since his loan move, despite scoring 5 goals in his first 2 appearances for his new club and has not started since his side’s 3-0 defeat to Derby in August. Ngoo was not even in the match day squad for Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Middlesborough.
Having failed to keep Wolves in the Championship last season, Jack Robinson returned to Liverpool but was loaned out to Championship side Blackpool for the 2013/14 season. Robinson has enjoyed success with Paul Ince’s side, starting all but 2 of their games this season, one because of suspension. Also, the England Youth International has 2 assists in 11 starts this season, as it is not only Suso who is doing well on loan. He played all 90 minutes in Blackpool’s 0-0 draw at Charlton and helped his side to yet another clean sheet this season. Robinson was also called up to Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad for upcoming fixtures against San Marino and Lithuania. He will be expected to continue his progress for Blackpool in their next game against Wigan on 19th October.
Liverpool Under 21 midfielder Krisztian Adorjan was loaned out to Eredivisie side Groningen. Adorjan has had mixed success in Holland, scoring 2 goals from 4 starts but was sent off in his first start as Groningen drew 3-3 with the Go Ahead Eagles, a game in which Adorjan scored. Adorjan did start in Groningen’s 2-1 victory at home to AZ, but was substituted in the game and didn’t make much of an impact. It is likely that Adorjan will be involved in Groningen’s next game against PSV on Sunday 20th October.
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