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.
Czech Republic youth international Jakub Sokolik again played the full 90 minutes for his loan side Southend as they picked up a point in their 1-1 draw away to Fleetwood to guarantee qualification for the League Two play-offs. The 7th placed side next end their season at home to 5th placed Burton Albion and can move above their opponents with a victory.
Liverpool Under 21 skipper Conor Coady played 78 minutes for loan side Sheffield United in their 2-1 win at Port Vale. The central midfielder had two shots on goal before being replaced by Ben Davies. He and his team-mates were back in action on Tuesday when they faced a tough trip to Oldham. The game ended 1-1 and Coady played 68 minutes in the draw. The Liverpool man did have a shot on goal and also put the ball into the net before it was ruled out for offside.
Sheffield United end their season at Bramall Lane when they play 17th placed Coventry, who themselves will be wanting to end their season on a high after clinching safety last week. The Blades can finish as high as 7th with a win, and finish just one place off a play-off spot, unthinkable only a few months ago.
Michael Ngoo started on the bench in Walsall’s 3-2 defeat to already relegated Stevenage. The tall forward came on as an 85th minute substitute but made minimal impact. Ngoo should play more part in Walsall’s final game on the season at home to relegation threatened Colchester.
18 year winger Jordon Ibe wasn’t in the squad for Birmingham’s 3-1 home defeat to Leeds, but returned to the squad for their game against Wigan at St Andrews. Ibe came on as a 60th minute substitute replacing Scott Allen. The winger will be looking to build on his success in Birmingham’s final game of the season away to Birmingham and nothing but a win would spell the end to Birmingham City’s stay in the Championship, but will so much at stake, it is unlikely that Birmingham will opt to play their loan players.
Derby right-back Andre Wisdom played another 90 minutes for his loan side Derby County as they beat Watford 4-2. Wisdom did set up a chance for Patrick Bamford after having a chance of his own which was blocked by the Watford defence. Wisdom and his Derby team-mates will be looking to end the season on a high when they travel to Elland Road to face Leeds.
Northern Irish full back Ryan McLaughlin played 81 minutes for loan side Barnsley in their 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough. The right back had two shots on goal and set up a chance for Liam Lawrence but he couldn’t convert as Barnsley were officially relegated to League One. They end the season against QPR, who have nothing to play for as well after securing 4th place spot in the Championship.
Italian forward Fabio Borini experienced another superb week for loan side Sunderland as they beat Cardiff 4-0 to move out the relegation zone for the first time this year. Borini was involved in two of the goals, scoring an injury time penalty to put the Black Cats 2-0 up before setting up Emanuele Giaccherini to complete the rout. The bad news however was that Borini was booked for a foul on Cardiff’s Mats Daehli. Overall, the forward created 5 chances whilst setting up 5 chances in a very influential display for Sunderland. He is next man in action on Saturday when Sunderland travel to Southampton, in another crucial game for Borini’s side.
Spain Under 21 starlet Suso had a very good weekend for loan side Almeria, despite playing only 35 minutes. After coming on in place for Ramon Azeez in the 55th minute, the playmaker scored Almeria’s winner with a curling free-kick as loan side Almeria pick up a vital 3 points that moves them to 18th in La Liga. Their next game is crucial as they play bottom side Real Betis at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos on Sunday 4th May.
Young defender Tiago Ilori again played a full 90 minutes for his loan side Granada but it wasn’t to be as they lost 3-0 at home to 9th placed Rayo Vallecano. 14th placed Granada are next back in action on Monday 5th May when they travel to 6th placed Real Sociedad in a tough game for Ilori’s side.
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