In a new weekly series called ‘Loan Watch’, I’ll be reviewing the performances of all our players out on loan for that week, if you missed the previous episode of Loan Watch then be sure to keep an eye out on the blog 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. Before you read this, you should know these are how our loanees performed last week and not today, Saturday 11th January.
After a mini winter break in La Liga, Suso returned to action when his Almeria side hosted 13th placed Granada. Suso started on the substitutes bench for the newly promoted La Liga side, and came on in the 87th minute of the match when he replaced Fernando Soriano with the score at 3-0. The win rises Suso’s loan side to 14th in La Liga, a place behind Granada. The Spain Under 21 playmaker was back in action for Almeria 4 days later when they travelled to Racing Santander in the Copa Del Rey fifth round. The 20 year old returned to the starting line-up for the game and featured for 83 minutes in the 1-1 draw before being substituted by Oscar Diaz. The good news for Suso is that he assisted Almeria’s only goal which was scored by Corona. Despite some off-field troubles, Suso will have hoped to cement his place back into the starting line-up when his side travel to 4th placed Athletic Bilbao on Saturday 11th January.
20 year old Conor Coady was dropped to the substitutes bench in place of Jamie Murphy for Sheffield United’s visit to Aston Villa in the FA Cup 3rd round. This was probably due to the game itself as Clough would be more likely to play experienced players but despite his 23 appearances for the Blades this season, Coady is not an experienced player just yet. He did come on in the 80th minute for Jose Baxter as his side recorded a historic win at Villa Park to set them up with another tie against Premier League opposition in the form of Norwich or Fulham. However, the good news for Coady is that his loan has now been extended to 24th February, so he will likely feature in Sheffield United’s next match which is against 23rd placed Notts County.
England Under 21 defender Andre Wisdom again played the full 90 minutes for Derby County when they hosted Chelsea in the FA Cup 3rd round at Pride Park. Wisdom again played well, but wasn’t involved in the game too much, but did set up a chance for Jamie Ward in the 54th minute of the match, but the strikers effort was blocked by the Chelsea defence. It doesn’t get any easier for Wisdom as his side travel to top of the table Leicester on Friday 10th January. The report will be on next week’s loan watch.
England Under 21 left back Jack Robinson played another 90 minutes for loan side Blackpool as they suffered yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup 3rd Round at the Reebok Stadium. The 20 year old did have a chance to equalise and send the tie to a replay in the 85th minute, but his shot was very well saved by Bolton ‘keeper Andy Lonergan. Blackpool are next in action on Saturday 11th January, when they face 15th placed Middlesbrough, a game where Robinson is expected to play the full 90 minutes.
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