The Loan Ranger Roundup – A–L
Some say he’s the Stig’s twin brother …
The lesser-spotted Footstock Loan Ranger (@TheLoanRanger6 on Twitter) remains an enigma, but he’s ventured out of his cave to provide a report on the progress of all the players currently on loan from Premier League clubs.
As swaps come to an end and new loans are struck it’s the ideal time to catch up with the duds and diamonds from the first half of 2020/2021.
All information was correct as of 31 December 2020.
It’s a pretty in-depth review, so we’ve split it into two parts, with a “best of the bunch” starting 11 to come in part two …
Jordi Osei-Tutu (CARDIFF) – Injured since the end of October having made a solid start – started 6 out of the first 7 games earning decent reviews.
Daniel Ballard (BLACKPOOL) – MotM in both of his first two games before a sending off soured things. Yet to regain his place – 5 appearances so far. Loan due to end 31st Jan 2021.
Tyreece John-Jules (DONCASTER) – 3 goals and 2 assists in 10 appearances, always a threat and signs that his all round game is benefiting.
Zech Medley (GILLINGHAM) – Some commanding displays on the way to making 12 appearances but dropped out of favour, making the bench only once in the last 5 games.
Tolaji Bola (ROCHDALE) – 11 games started out of a possible 14. Loan due to end 31st Jan 2021.
Dejan Iliev (SHREWSBURY) – Far from an ideal loan spell: started the first 2 games but made only 1 more appearance thus far. Now third in the pecking order it seems. Loan due to end 31st Jan 2021.
Matt Smith (SWINDON) – Ever-present, played the whole 90 minutes in all 19 games. Speaks volumes – 2 goals and 3 assists.
James Olayinka (SOUTHEND) – Started all bar 2 matches in a struggling side. Will have been a character-building experience so far and he’s growing in to the role – scored 2 in his last 3. Loan due to end 27th Jan 2021.
Lucas Torreira (ATLETICO MADRID) – Involved in each of the first 4 games but only made a brief substitute appearance since a coronavirus-related absence – scored 1 goal.
Matteo Guendouzi (HERTHA BERLIN) – Bit of a delayed start (coronavirus again) but played all 8 games since – pulling strings to good effect – 1 assist and 1 goal.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (STUTTGART) – Injured until late November but played 4 on the bounce since – decent endorsement considering they’ve been the Bundesliga’s surprise package.
Mbwana Al Samatta (FENERBAHCE) – 2 goals in 7 appearances but out since late November with a knee injury.
Indiana Vassilev (BURTON) – Hard to judge the young American’s spell at rock-bottom Burton. Out of favour after no goals/assists, he figured in 11 of the first 12 games but now needs to force his way back in – on paper it hasn’t worked, in reality he’ll have learned plenty.
Cameron Archer (SOLIHULL MOORS) – Bagged a brace in a 5-0 rout of Kings Lynn, but drawn a blank in his other 7 games. Loan due to end 3rd Jan 2021.
Leo Ostigard (COVENTRY) – 18 solid, imposing performances – chipping in with a goal and an assist.
Matt Clarke (DERBY) – Interesting 19-game loan spell so far, some stand-out performances from the back in a struggling side (making the Championship team of the week twice in succession recently).
Warren O’Hora (MK DONS) – Benched or left out for 5 games in October but involved ever since, racking up 14 appearances (1 assist).
Ryan Longman (AFC WIMBLEDON) – Featured in every game bar the grudge match with MK (on the bench). Very productive loan – now has 5 goals and an assist from 18 appearances.
Haydon Roberts (ROCHDALE) – 12 straight appearances, quietly impressive from the 18-year-old.
Taylor Richards (DONCASTER) – Playing his part in a very attacking Doncaster side. Contributed 2 goals and an assist from 14 games (missed a run of 4 games in late October).
Viktor Gyokeres (SWANSEA) – A mostly fringe role, 10 appearances (8 as sub) – nothing in the way of goals/assists.
Tudor Baluta (DYNAMO KIEV) – Managed a solitary minute from the bench – enough said.
Glenn Murray (WATFORD) – 4 sub appearances and 1 start by the end of October (no goals/assists), but nowhere near the squad lately.
Percy Tau (ANDERLECHT) – 4 goals and 1 assist in 14 games. Missed 4 games through injury but the South African’s one of the first names on their team sheet otherwise – formed a great partnership with Man City’s Lukas Nmecha.
Alexander Cochrane (UNION SG) – Took a few games to break into the side but has played 6 on the bounce now – assisting in his last appearance and playing the full 90 for the fourth consecutive game.
Jan Mlakar (NK MARIBOR) – 15 appearances (4 goals and an assist), looks promising.
Jurgen Locadia (FC CINCINATTI) – Just the 1 goal in 17 appearances, his time at the club is surely up.
Shane Duffy (CELTIC) – Played the full 90 for the first 7 games and has clocked up 10 appearances in total. Lost the starting berth recently but can point to 3 goals and an assist as reasons he probably won’t be left out for long.
Ben Gibson (NORWICH) – Made 14 appearances (1 assist) but seems to have slipped down the pecking order since mid-December.
Adam Phillips (MORECAMBE) – Real powerhouse figures from the former Liverpool youth – 6 goals and 4 assists in 20 appearances. Makes Morecambe tick and there’s every reason to think he’d be able to do it at a much higher level.
Ryan Cooney (MORECAMBE) – Perhaps overshadowed by Phillips, but having a very steady loan spell himself – 13 appearances and counting.
Jake Clarke-Salter (BIRMINGHAM) – 4 appearances but also 4 spots on the bench since missing the first 8 games through injury. Jury’s out for now.
George McEachran (MAASTRICHT) – 1 assist in 3 games before his loan spell was terminated under a cloud in mid-December.
Marc Guehi (SWANSEA) – Very settled at Swansea following on from a successful loan spell there last season: picked up where he left off – 18 appearances so far.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (NAPOLI) – Missed 1 game through suspension but firmly settled in midfield apart from that – 10 appearances so far.
Matt Miazga (ANDERLECHT) – Featured in 10 of the club’s 12 games so far, contributing to 4 clean sheets.
Marco Van Ginkel (PSV) – Has apparently just resumed full training in search of his first appearance since 2017/2018, very intrigued to see how (if) he performs.
Armando Broja (VITESSE) – Just back from a coronavirus absence which hopefully doesn’t stop his momentum, stellar loan spell so far – with 5 goals in 12 appearances for the Dutch side. Hard not to see him making matchday squads back at the Bridge next year if he continues at this rate – big future.
Lewis Baker (TRABZONSPOR) – Played the full 90 on 13 occasions and benched once. 3 assists and a goal so far, so game time and reasonable output in the Turkish top flight – just remains to be seen whether the departure of Eddie Newton as manager affects his remaining time there.
Nathan Baxter (ACCRINGTON STANLEY) – Just broken in to their first team after warming the bench until mid-December – 2 clean sheets in his 2 starts so far, couldn’t ask for much better than that.
Ian Maatsen (CHARLTON) – Clocked up 11 straight full 90s after an impressive substitute debut. Has 2 assists from left back and contributed towards 6 clean sheets, helping the Addicks to a play-off berth by Christmas. Somehow managed to get himself booked 5 games on the trot.
Lucas Piazon (RIO AVE) – 2 goals (both in a MotM performance against Moreirense) in 7 games is not bad on the face of it; hasn’t made the matchday squad for the last 3 fixtures though.
Danilo Pantic (FK CUKARICKI) – 3 assists in 13 games back home in the Serbian Premier League – involved in every game he’s been available (missed a string of 3 through injury). Steady loan spell.
Kenedy (GETAFE) – 11 appearances (2 assists) – not involved on 4 occasions. A little underwhelming, just like his time on Chelsea’s books overall – simply running down the clock on his Chelsea career now.
Jamie Cumming (STEVENAGE) – 19 appearances, keeping a respectable 6 clean sheets for a team second bottom of League Two – will have been invaluable experience.
Jaroslaw Jach (FORTUNA SITTARD) – Distinctly beige loan spell, in and out of the side (3 appearances, an own goal and a booking).
Moise Kean (PSG) – Staggering improvement in Ligue 1. He’s chalked up 9 goals and an assist in 16 appearances. Doubt anyone expected this and it offers up a fascinating conundrum going forward – is this a purple patch in the much maligned “farmers’ league” or can he gain retribution in the Premier League? Either way it seems he’s given himself a fresh start.
Lewis Gibson (READING) – Perhaps collateral damage from Reading’s better than expected start, he’s only managed 2 starts and 2 sub appearances – mostly on the bench and dropping out of the squad the last 3 matches.
Callum Connolly (FLEETWOOD) – Impressive loan so far: played the full 90 in 14 straight games since matchday 2 – chipping in with a goal and an assist. Of more note is the fact that Joey Barton has entrusted him with the captaincy in 5 of his recent appearances.
Dennis Adeniran (WYCOMBE) – 10 starts and a substitute appearance but mostly out of the squad since the beginning of December. No goals/assists but perhaps that’s tempered by his team being rock bottom of the Championship.
Alfie Mawson (BRISTOL CITY) – Captained the side in his first 5 games but then suffered a knee injury in mid-October which has sidelined him ever since.
Steven Sessegnon (BRISTOL CITY) – 1 start and a very brief sub appearance from the first 7 games and then suffered a knee injury. That kept him out until late November and he’s not made the squad in 9 games since then.
Marcus Bettinelli (NOTT’M FOREST) – 9 clean sheets in 21 appearances, which in the context of Forest’s troubles isn’t that bad – they’d probably be bottom without him. Ever present and dependable.
Cyrus Christie (NOTT’M FOREST) – Not selected for the opener but played 90 mins in every one of the next 20 games. Chipped in with 3 assists.
Anthony Knockaert (NOTT’M FOREST) – Not in the mix for the first 2 games of the season and missed one other game through suspension. Struggling team aside, it’s hard not to think his star’s on the wane. Has contributed a goal and an assist in his 15 games. Loan due to end 7th Jan 2021.
Jerome Opoku (PLYMOUTH) – Missed out completely 4 times (including the last 3 games) and only made the bench on 2 occasions. Chalked up 12 appearances in between and notched a goal against Portsmouth. Solid stint. Loan due to end 31st Jan 2021.
Jordan Stevens (SWINDON) – Great start, on the scoresheet in the opener and grabbing an assist in the next. Tailed off considerably since then as Swindon have plummeted down the table. Involved 13 times in total but spending more time on the bench or out of the squad completely.
Barry Douglas (BLACKBURN) – In and out of the side but amassed 13 appearances, notching an assist along the way. Shown enough to suggest he’ll do a decent job for most sides when his time’s up at Leeds.
Laurens De Bock (ZULTE WAREGEM) – Benched once, suspended once, but played the other 17. Consistent performer ‘back home’ and without meaning to sound disrespectful that’s probably the best place for him as he wouldn’t get a look in at Elland Road at the moment.
Robbie Gotts (LINCOLN) – Highly thought of but seemingly one of the less successful of Michael Appleton’s loan army. 4 starts and 10 bench spots so far with an assist just before Christmas against Northampton his only stat – 7 showings altogether.
Bryce Hosannah (BRADFORD) – 8 appearances with nothing to show for it, mostly on the fringe of the squad now.
Mateusz Bogusz (UD LOGRONES) – Forced his way into the side – looks to have that work ethic. Managed a goal and an assist so far playing in all manner of positions but more importantly good reviews. The young Pole should make it.
Alfie McCalmont (OLDHAM) – Decent start, providing an assist in his first 4 games and then battled his way back from missing 5 games (international duty/benched/left out). Produced the goods in 4 of his 11 games – 2 assists and 2 goals to his name – looks the part.
Rafa Mujica (REAL OVIEDO) – Just 50 mins gametime across 4 substitute appearances for the young Spaniard (un-used sub 15 times), getting left behind a little.
Matty James (BARNSLEY) – Key to an unexpected play-off push from the Tykes. Good to see him amass 14 appearances given his injury troubles in recent years. No goals/assists, but the fact he’s been subbed off in every game a nod to good management rather than a reflection on his performances. Loan due to end 1st Jan 2021.
George Hirst (ROTHERHAM) – Consistently entrusted with appearances from the bench despite being in a dogfight (3 starts, subbed on 11 times). No goals/assists but this gametime in the Championship is pure gold for him.
Josh Knight (WYCOMBE) – As with Hirst, hugely important gametime. Played every minute in the 18 games since he arrived – a whopping 1620 mins of football in the second tier, could hardly have gone better. Loan due to end 3rd Jan 2021.
Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (LUTON) – Perhaps not the obvious choice in this long list on paper (1 goal and 3 assists from 13 appearances), but there’s a real buzz about him at Kenilworth Road and he’s been MotM on numerous occasions. This lad just feels like he’s going somewhere – the momentum’s certainly there having bagged a goal and an assist last time out.
Rachid Ghezzal (BESIKTAS) – 10 appearances for the Black Eagles, assisting in 6 separate games. Constant menace for opposition defenders – the Algerian’s been one of the stand-out performers in Super Lig this year. May turn out he’s found a new home – win-win for Leicester as there’d be a decent fee off the back of his season so far.
Darnell Johnson (WIGAN) – Played 10 games either side of a 7-match absence from the squad around November time. Provided an assist in his latest appearance. Loan due to end 7th Jan 2021.
Mitchell Clark (PORT VALE) – Memorable first goal in the win over Oldham on matchday 4 and went on to make 11 straight appearances before dropping out of favour (initially benched but not in the squad the last 3 fixtures). Loan due to end 31st Dec 2020.
Filip Benkovic (CARDIFF) – Bit of a buzz player a year or so ago but things have gone seriously flat. Made his debut recently having spent all season to that point either on the bench or not involved at all. Dire.
Tony Gallacher (TORONTO) – 10 games (1 assist) but not played since they were eliminated from the play-offs in mid-November. Loan due to end 31st Dec 2020.
Adam Lewis (AMIENS) – Featured in 9 of the first 10 games but not made the squad for 7 on the bounce now – suspect there’s a payment if he features 10 times.
Marko Grujic (PORTO) – Played in each of the last 5 games – remains to be seen whether further games will bring about any output. Should imagine it would need to be a spectacular second half of the season for him to get a contract extension at Anfield.
Ben Woodburn (BLACKPOOL) – Surely the end of the road for him, 8 appearances (5 from the bench) but no goal/assist contributions. Loan due to end 17th Jan 2021.
Harry Wilson (CARDIFF) – A return of 3 goals and 5 assists, proving himself to be an excellent performer at Championship level. Only observation, as with his stint at Derby and then again with Bournemouth in the Prem, is that his headline stats tend to come in clumps when he has a MotM performance (all the above came in 4 of his 15 games this term). Most teams would take him, he’s just borderline for being a luxury player rather than one you’d build a team round. At 23 time is still on his side.
Kamil Grabara (AGF AARHUS) – 2 clean sheets in 10 games is hardly newsworthy, but he’s played every game.
Morgan Boyes (FLEETWOOD) – A couple of appearances in the first month but firmly in the wilderness since.
Harvey Elliott (BLACKBURN) – Still just 17, 17!!! Arguably the first name on Tony Mowbray’s team sheet and in contrast to Wilson he’s made 9 contributions consistently across 8 games (4 goals and 5 assists). Enjoy him while you can Rovers fans, it seems pretty clear he’ll be playing UCL and Carabao Cup ties for Liverpool next term and I dare say 20-odd impact appearances from the bench in the Premier League.
Serious potential (regardless of the fact he’s already delivering) and a shoo-in for the national team in the long term – Euro 2021 unlikely but with more games under his belt by World Cup 2022 you’d fancy him as a wildcard. One final point of note is the way he’s reacted to a brush with the authorities demonstrates for me that he’s got an old head on those young shoulders.
Check out part two next week to find out how the loanees from the Manchester clubs, among others, are getting on!