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.
21 year old midfielder Conor Coady again played another 90 minutes for his loan side Sheffield United as their run of 10 consecutive victories ended when they were held to a 0-0 draw against 4th of the table Preston North End. Coady is back in action for the Blades in another big game when they host top of the table Wolves.
Liverpool forward Michael Ngoo has found his first few weeks at loan side Walsall tough so far and that continued as he came on as an 88th minute substitute for Walsall in their 1-1 draw away to Rotherham. 8th placed Walsall’s next game is against 3rd placed Leyton Orient
Czech Republic youth defender Jakub Sokolik played the full 90 minutes in his debut for League Two side Southend United. The 8th placed side face 18th placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday and if Sokolik can help his side keep another clean sheet, then he may have the possibility of achieving his goal of playing in League One next season.
After returning from his suspension after his red card last month, Jack Robinson returned to the Blackpool starting line-up when Blackpool travelled to league leaders Leicester City. Unfortunately the 20 year old left back couldn’t prevent the Seasiders from losing, but did set up a chance for Andrew Halliday in the 55th minute but the midfielder couldn’t convert his chance. Worringly for Robinson, he was again cautioned and he will be hoping for a much cleaner performance when Blackpool host 16th placed Huddersfield at Bloomfield Road.
England Under 21 captain Andre Wisdom again played the full 90 minutes for Derby as they drew 0-0 away to Reading at the Madjeski Stadium. Wisdom did create a chance for team-mate John Eustace made unfortunately he couldn’t convert. Wisdom then made a double chance of his own as two of this shots were blocked in quick succession as Derby couldn’t find a much needed winner. The Rams’ next game is crucial as they host Nottingham Forest, who are in 6th place as they will both be looking to pick up the 3 points to consolidate their place in the play-offs.
Liverpool Under 21 and Under 18 winger Jordon Ibe was again an unused substitute for loan side Birmingham City as they lost 4-1 away to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. The Blues’ next game is also tough and is against 7th placed Reading, so Ibe will be looking to play some part against quality opposition, but after back to back games without playing, it is unlikely he will start.
Hungarian attacking midfielder Krisztian Adorjan was an unused substitute for loan side Groningen as they lost 2-1 to Den Haag last weekend. He will hopefully get a chance in Groningen’s next fixture which is at home to 3rd placed Vitesse in another tough game for 10th placed Groningen.
Liverpool Under 21 playmaker Suso came on as a 61st minute substitute for loan side Almeria but couldn’t prevent his side losing to relegation threatened Rayo Vallecano. Almeria lie in 19th placed in La Liga and it doesn’t get any easier as they next play Real Sociedad with free-scoring Antoine Griezmann.
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