In a weekly series called ‘Academy 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 Academy Loan Watch then be sure to read it by browsing through the TBT website. 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.
Conor Coady again played the full 90 minutes for Sheffield United and is becoming more and more involved in each game he plays. In this game, he had 2 shots blocked, committed two fouls and picked up a yellow card for a foul on Peterborough’s Jack Baldwin. Coady’s main contribution to the game came when his pass found Chris Porter, who scored the Blades’ 2nd of the game.
Coady was back in action in Sheffield United’s biggest game of the season when they beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 to reach the FA Cup Semi-Finals. Coady played all 90 minutes in the quarter finals and had two goals chalked off because he was offside, so it could have easily been 4-0. Coady earned praise from many Liverpool and Sheffield United fans and his form didn’t end there, as he played another 90 minutes for the Blades as the Sheffield club made it 10 wins in a row as they beat Carlisle United 1-0. The 21 year old picked up his 2nd assist in 3 games when his pass found Jose Baxter, who netted the winner. Coady will look to continue his and Sheffield United’s fine form when they face Preston on Monday 17th March.
Like Conor Coady, Michael Ngoo was also involved in 3 games this week as the season edges to a close. Firstly, the tall striker came on as a 79th minute substitute in Walsall’s 2-1 defeat to Coventry. In the 11 minutes that he played, Ngoo had two great chances to equalise with a header and a close range shot but the youngster couldn’t convert his chances.
The Liverpool loanee was back in action in Walsall’s 3-0 defeat to Wolves. This time, he came on as a 75th minute substitute in the defeat and only had one chance to reduce the deficit, but again he couldn’t convert.
His final game of the week was in Walsall’s 1-1 draw with Crewe on Tuesday. Again he came on as a substitute and got even more game time when he came on in the 68th minute and almost made an impact, but his left-footed shot could only strike the left hand post as he eagerly waits for his first Walsall goal. Ngoo will more than likely make another substitute appearance in Walsall’s next game when the 8th placed side travel to 5th placed Rotherham.
Derby right-back Andre Wisdom and Derby County experienced a tough week in their bid for promotion. Wisdom played all 90 minutes in the Rams shock 1-0 defeat to Millwall on Saturday. Derby then drew 0-0 at home to Bolton on Tuesday, but did put in a strong performance. He did have a chance to score in first half injury time, but his effort went just wide. The England Under 21 man soon turned provider for Simon Dawkins and Johnny Russell, but neither of them could convert their chances as it ended in a very frustrating draw.
Derby next face 6th placed Reading, who have just beaten Leeds 4-2 so will be in high spirits, meaning that Derby will have to be on top form to get back to winning ways.
18 year old starlet Jordon Ibe started and played 67 minutes for Birmingham City in their 2-0 defeat to QPR at the weekend. Ibe created two chances to score and unfortunately couldn’t beat Rob Green in the QPR goal. He soon turned provider when he set up Tom Adeyemi, but like Ibe, he couldn’t make this opportunity count. Ibe then was surprisingly and unused substitute in Birmingham City’s dramatic 3-3 draw with Burnley. The 18 year old will be looking to feature in Birmingham City’s next game against 17th placed Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Young Spain midfielder Suso was back in action for Almeria in their 3-1 defeat to Sevilla on Sunday where he played 64 minutes in the game. During this time, the 20 year old had 2 shots and took 3 set-pieces as he had another good game. Suso will be keen to impress again as rumours of a move to Sevilla intensify when Almeria face fellow relegation threated Rayo Vallecano, who surprisingly beat Real Sociedad at the weekend.
Hungary Under 21 midfielder Krisztian Adorjan came on as a 62nd minute substitute after his reintegration into the Groningen side. However in the 28 minutes that he played, Adorjan only had one shot blocked and will be looking to contribute more in Groningen’s next game against Den Haag on Saturday.
It was confirmed on Tuesday that Under 21 defender Jakub Sokolik has joined League Two outfit Southend United on loan until the end of the season. The 20 year old was drafted straight into the Southend squad for their 2-2 draw with Scunthorpe, but sadly didn’t feature. He will be hoping to make his debut in Southend’s next game which is at home to 19th Bury, as Southend look to consolidate themselves in the play-offs just as Sokolik wants to consolidate his place in the starting XI.
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