In a weekly series called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our Academy players for that week, if you missed the previous episode of Loan Watch then be sure to read it by clicking here. 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.
Due to the return of Under 21 players Michael Ngoo and Joao Carlos Teixeira from their loan spells at Yeovil and Brentford respectively, Loan Watch will be significantly shorter as the number of loan players have obviously been reduced. However, it was confirmed on Monday 21st October that Liverpool Under 21 defender and England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom will be loaned out to Derby County for the rest of the 2013/14 season, so his progress will be covered on this series.
Liverpool Under 21 winger Suso again put in a very strong performance which again his loan side Almeria couldn’t match as they lost 1-0 to fellow strugglers Rayo Vallecano at home, which leaves Suso’s side without a win all season and rooted to the bottom of the La Liga table, despite being the 10th highest scorers in the division with 11 goals and are now 4 points from safety. Suso did play the full 90 minutes and almost opened the scoring in the first 5 minutes, but his shot was well saved by Rayo Vallenco ‘keeper David Cobeno. He also set up another chance for team mate Corona, but his effort went high and wide of the goal. On the half hour mark, Suso was again provider, but this time for the highly dangerous Rodri, but he could only head the ball straight at Cobeno. Overall, Suso did play well, but will be looking for more luck when his side travel to Real Sociedad on Sunday 27th October.
Due to playing in the 3rd tier of English football, Conor Coady still played through the international break and played the full 90 minutes in his side’s 3-2 defeat away to Coventry City. He did play very well in the second half, assisting Febian Brandy on 55 minutes with the score at 3-0, but Brandy couldn’t beat Coventry ‘keeper Joe Murphy. After his side pulled a goal back, Coady had the chance to make it 3-2, but his header on the edge of the six yard box flew over the bar. He then had an even better chance to score, still when the score was 3-1 but he again couldn’t keep his header down as it went just over Murphy’s goal following a cross from Darryl Westlake. The defeat was the end to David Weir’s career as manager of Sheffield United, but will that mean an end to Coady’s first team chances?
Former Under 21 captain Conor Coady made little impression at Sheffield United in their 2-1 win at home to Port Vale on Saturday, as he came on in the 93rd minute of the match so had no time to impress caretaker manager Chris Morgan, but the good news is that his side did end their horrendous run of not winning since the opening day with all 3 points on Saturday, meaning the Blades move out of the bottom 4 and into 20th position, where they are now flirting with relegation, as they are level on points with both Stevenage and Tranmere, who lie in 21st and 22nd position respectively. He then played his 3rd game in a matter of 10 days as his side went to 2nd placed Peterborough United. Coady started the game and played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw. He also had the chance to take the lead but his shot from outside the box went wide of Peterborough ‘keeper Olejnik’s goal. The midfielder will be looking to build on his recent success when his side play host to mid-table Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 26th October and it will be his first opportunity to impress new manager Nigel Clough.
After the international break, a refreshed Jack Robinson was back in action for his loan side Blackpool as they beat Wigan 1-0 at Bloomfield Road, and with the help of Robinson, Paul Ince’s side kept yet another clean sheet. It was rumoured that Liverpool did send scouts to watch Robinson’s progress at the Championship club, especially as current left-backs Jose Enrique and Aly Cissokho are under criticism for their recent performances for the Reds, so if Robinson keeps playing as well as he is at Blackpool, there is no reason why he cannot get a regular spot at left-back next season for his home side after Aly Cissokho’s loan spell expires. The 20 year old will be looking to put in yet another strong performance on Saturday, as his side play host to 10th placed Blackburn and see if Blackpool can keep their extraordinary run going as they are unbeaten at Bloomfield Road in their last 10 games.
Liverpool Under 21 midfielder Krisztian Adorjan is currently on loan at Eredivisie club Groningen. He has been a regular starter for his loan side this season, but has been sent off on his first start, in a 3-3 draw with the Go Ahead Eagles, a game where he also scored. Adorjan did start in Groningen’s latest game where they beat Dutch giants PSV 1-0 at home. He did play an hour of the game before being replaced by Richairo Zivkovic. Adorjan will be looking to build on this and make yet another start when Groningen travel to Vitesse on Sunday 27th October.
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