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.
Liverpool loanee Conor Coady played the full 90 minutes for his loan side Sheffield United as they suffered a defeat at the hands of Swindon on Saturday. The 21 year old did have two chances for the Blades but his header and then his close range shot in different halves weren’t too testing for the Swindon ‘keeper. Coady then continued his impressive run in the side when he played the full 90 minutes for the Blades. His game was fairly quiet but did assist Billy Paynter for Sheffield United’s best chance. Nigel Clough’s men next host 3rd placed Leyton Orient who haven’t won in their last 6 games.
Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo came on as an 89th minute substitute for loan side Walsall as they beat Shrewsbury Town 1-0 on Saturday. The Glovers next travel to 11th placed Port Vale next weekend and Ngoo will want to play more than 1 minute.
Czech Republic youth defender Jakub Sokolik played another 90 minutes for Southend and they kept another clean sheet as they beat Torquay 1-0 at Roots Hall. Sokolik came inches close to scoring his first goal for Southend, but his effort from 6 yards out flew over the crossbar after 20 minutes. The centre-back was booked in the early stages of the second half for a foul on Torquay’s Courtney Cameron. Southend next play 11th placed Cheltenham and Sokolik will be hoping to play yet another 90 minutes for Phil Brown’s side.
Left back Jack Robinson played the full 90 minutes yet again for Blackpool as they picked up a rare point away to play-off challengers QPR at Loftus Road. Robinson and his Blackpool side host relegation threatened Yeovil and the 18th placed side will be looking to build on this performance and try and pick up a win.
Andre Wisdom played another 90 minutes for Derby as they beat 21st placed Charlton at the iPro Stadium. Even though the 20 year old helped this side pick up a clean sheet, he almost added a third but his shot was well saved by the Charlton goalkeeper. Steve McClaren’s side next travel to 13th placed Middlesbrough, but will it be a lucky or unlucky fixture for the Rams?
After returning from injury that ruled him out of Barnsley’s next game, Ryan McLaughlin was an unused substitute for his loan side Barnsley as they pulled off an unlikely 4-1 victory away at struggling Yeovil. Barnsley next face a much tougher test when they host Brighton and it is unclear whether the Northern Irishman will play some part.
Hungarian midfielder Krisztian Adorjan was again an unused substitute for Groningen as they surprisingly beat PSV 3-2 away from home on Saturday. With 4 games left in the season, Groningen next play Zwolle on Friday night and Adorjan will not know if he will be able to return to the starting line-up.
After scoring his first goal for loan side Birmingham last week, Jordon Ibe earned his second start but couldn’t help Birmingham win as they suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. Ibe created two chances for himself while assisting 3 other chances. One of those chances he set up was for Birmingham’s first goal of the day, scored by Federico Macheda. Birmingham next play travel to Doncaster with just two places separating the sides, it will prove to be an entertaining game if Ibe does start.
Under 21 playmaker Suso played a full 90 minutes for his loan side Almeria as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Real Valladolid. The Spaniard had two chances, but both efforts were blocked as Almeria fall to 18th in La Liga. Suso is back in action for his side on Friday night when they face 19th placed Osasuna in a crucial 6 pointer at the bottom of La Liga.
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