The Loan Ranger Roundup: M–Z
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, and the Loan Ranger’s pick of the bunch can be found at the end of this article.
The clubs from A to L were covered last week, so here’s part two …
Patrick Roberts (MIDDLESBROUGH) – Just the 3 starts and 4 more run-outs off the bench. Nothing to write home about.
Ryotara Meshino (RIO AVE) – Netted on his debut – 7 appearances overall (6 of those from the bench though, totalling only 34 mins).
Daniel Grimshaw (LOMMEL SK) – Bench duty only so far.
Pablo Moreno (GIRONA) – Managed to get off the mark in a substitute appearance earlier in the month. 11 cameos and 4 starts to his name so far.
Arijanet Muric (GIRONA) – Between the sticks for the opening 2 fixtures but either injured or benched since.
Erik Palmer-Brown (AUSTRIA VIENNA) – Stealthily impressive return from this lad: unused sub in the first game but played the full 90 in all of the next 11 games (makes it 38 games for the club in total now across 2 spells).
Pedro Porro (SPORTING LISBON) – Shown the ability that saw Man City pick him up remains after a generally flat season with Real Valladolid last time out. Cemented a place in a dominant side – scoring twice from a right midfield berth. Should be more to come.
Daniel Arzani (UTRECHT) – 4 substitute appearances in the first 4 games (1 assist) before initially dropping to the bench and then falling from the squad altogether.
Lukas Nmecha (ANDERLECHT) – The elder of the Nmecha brothers looks to have announced himself as a genuine hitman, bagging 10 in 16 for the Belgian side. Admittedly bulked up by penalties, but great figures, nevertheless. Further progress could see him making sub appearances for City next season – equally a decent European club could stump up the cash and take a punt on him. Scored the opener for Germany U21s last month against Wales.
Luka Ilic (FC TWENTE) – Didn’t make the squad for the first 2 games but featured in all 8 since, snaring 2 goals and assisting once – decent progress so far.
Ante Paleversa (GETAFE) – 7 mins from 2 sub appearances. Nothing to see here, nothing to see, move along folks.
Angelino (RB LEIPZIG) – Goes from strength to strength: 8 goals and 6 assists from 20 games is a phenomenal return for a full back, although he is increasingly being utilised in midfield. Hard not to envisage him back at the Etihad next term – unless Pep cashes in on him. Undoubtedly one of the best in Europe (probably the world) now for his position.
James Garner (WATFORD) – 18 appearances with just 1 assist. More important are the accomplished displays he’s given in midfield for the Hornets – an old head on young shoulders without a doubt. Proven himself ready for first-team football from now on.
Dylan Levitt (CHARLTON) – Pretty disappointing loan if truth be told. Failed to back up the progress he’d made in the autumn when winning 5 caps for Wales. 3 appearances so far.
Di’Shon Bernard (SALFORD) – Either not in the squad or warming the bench for 4 of the first 5 games but made the centre back position his own ever since – playing the full 90 each game. Great development overall with a goal and 2 assists the icing on the cake.
Joel Pereira (HUDDERSFIELD) – Benched most of the season – started just once and let in 4 goals. Not in the matchday squad for 6 of the last 8.
Matej Kovar (SWINDON) – 18 appearances, sitting only 2 games out on the bench midway through his spell. Conceded a whopping 35 goals so far with Swindon sitting second bottom – not ideal for the club, but Kovar will have found it invaluable experience.
Diogo Dalot (AC MILAN) – Always part of the squad but managing only 1 start and 3 sub appearances in Serie A – which in fairness is more a consequence of Milan’s table-topping start and a largely untouchable first XI if anything. Given the full 90 in all 6 group stage games in the Europa League – looking a little more like the kid that broke through a few years back with a goal and 2 assists.
Max Taylor (KIDDERMINSTER) – 10 appearances (1 goal), steady progress.
Tahith Chong (WERDER BREMEN) – Set off like a bat out of hell, scoring 3 in 3 during Bremen’s pre-season, and then following that up by scoring and assisting in 2 early rounds of the cup. A solitary assist in the league (3 starts, 8 sub appearances) has dampened enthusiasm but it remains an intriguing loan – confirms there’s a good player in there waiting to be channelled somehow.
Kell Watts (PLYMOUTH) – 20 appearances – ever-present for the Pilgrims, just the one goal but a firm fans’ favourite now for his no-nonsense displays at the back.
Tom Allan (ACCRINGTON STANLEY) – Not made the grade it seems: 1 start and 3 substitute appearances early doors all he has to show for his time there. No longer making the matchday squad.
Elias Sorensen (ALMERE CITY) – 3 goals and an assist in 7 games (2 from the bench). Slight reservations about him fleeting in and out of matchday squads, but on paper he’s making a good impression.
Jack Young (TRANMERE) – 4 starts and a sub’s appearance out of a possible 16. Both him and Steve Bruce will be hoping for more from the second half of the season.
Lewis Cass (HARTLEPOOL) – Good spell, played the full 90 in 15 straight games but missed the last 3 with a hamstring injury; should chalk up plenty more appearances.
Florian Lejeune (ALAVES) – 12 appearances (4 clean sheets), coping well with the demands of La Liga – good spell on balance.
Yoshinori Muto (EIBAR) – 8 starts and 4 substitute appearances is none too shabby, but a solitary goal against Real Betis numbs the enthusiasm – probably heading down in level next.
Freddie Woodman (SWANSEA) – Between the sticks for all bar one game (22 appearances) and with 12 clean sheets he’s been instrumental in the Swans march to third in the Championship just before the halfway stage. They’ve conceded the least amount of goals, 12. Surely stepping up to the Premier League one way or another pretty soon.
Rhys Norrington-Davies (LUTON) – 2 assists from 18 appearances. Great amount of game time for a side ticking along nicely in mid-table – loan arguably exceeding expectations.
Regan Slater (HULL) – 3 starts, 5 appearances off the bench, 7 more as an unused sub. Decent enough loan so far and bagged a goal into the bargain.
Luke Freeman (NOTT’M FOREST) – Steady if unspectacular 9 appearances in the club’s first 12 games (unused sub the other 3), contributing 1 goal. Out since mid-November with a groin injury.
Angus Gunn (STOKE) – Filled Jack Butland’s boots when he departed for Crystal Palace. Played 4 games, kept 2 clean sheets and actually claimed an assist before sustaining ankle ligament damage in November that will keep him out well into the new year.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (CELTIC) – “Anyone can do it in Scotland” we often hear, but Mo’s a Norwegian international (28 caps, 6 goals) and he’s shown flashes of class in the Premier League previously. The hunch is he’s maturing and at 26 he could be hitting his prime years – can see him getting a chance back at St Mary’s in 2021/2022. 12 goals and 5 assists this season from 26 games is pretty darn good.
Josh Sims (DONCASTER) – Impressive spell up north for the winger. Made the League One team of the week on a number of occasions, providing 7 assists in 12 appearances and chipping in with 1 goal. Looked nailed on for a permanent move elsewhere with several Premier League clubs sniffing around – his Saints deal being up at the end of the season – a hamstring injury has put that in doubt now. Loan due to end 16th Jan 2021.
Wesley Hoedt (LAZIO) – 5 starts and 5 substitute appearances, missing out altogether in only one fixture.
Jake Hesketh (CRAWLEY) – 5 starts and 1 sub appearance, pretty much out of favour since the beginning of November.
Jack Roles (BURTON) – Subbed on twice in the first 3 games but hard to see him going any further with the struggling Brewers having not been involved since. Loan due to end 1st Jan 2021.
Timothy Eyoma (LINCOLN) – Firm favourite now at Sincil Bank, following up a decent stint last season with 18 appearances out of a possible 19 for the Imps this time round – contributing with 10 assists en route to the top of the table. Excellent move.
Kazaiah Sterling (SOUTHEND) – 5 starts and 5 appearances from the bench – pretty much out of the picture since mid-November though. Southend have picked up a little since then so hard to see a route back in for the moment. Loan due to end 4th Jan 2021.
Juan Foyth (VILLARREAL) – A late sub in the second game of the season and out of favour until starting the last 3 games out of the blue – hooked off early in all 3 however. Hard to gauge.
Ryan Sessegnon (HOFFENHEIM) – Another young English success in the Bundesliga. Played 10 games, the first 2 from the bench, but fully cemented his place in the line-up since, making waves with 2 assists and 2 goals. Full marks.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (BOURNEMOUTH) – Still to make his debut after a succession of injuries.
Troy Parrott (MILLWALL) – Injured until late November but has featured in 8 out of a possible 9 fixtures since (5 starts). No goals/assists as yet.
Oliver Skipp (NORWICH) – MotM on debut and crucially ever present whilst the Canaries have navigated a busy treatment room on their way to the top of the Championship. Top-drawer loan move so far – no goals/assists in his 22 appearances, but has marshalled the midfield to great effect.
Kenneth Zohore (MILLWALL) – 1 goal in 3 from the big Dane, but out since the end of October with a long-term calf injury. Loan due to end 16th Jan 2021.
Rayhaan Tulloch (DONCASTER) – Assisted in the first league game but did his hamstring in the next. Out since September with that injury – apparently had a couple of setbacks due to pushing too hard in training.
Callum Morton (LINCOLN) – Similar experience to Tulloch: injured in the second of 2 substitute appearances – that shoulder injury has kept him out ever since.
Alex Palmer (LINCOLN) – Played every minute of Lincoln’s title challenge (19 games). Kept 10 clean sheets and earned great reviews along the way. Awesome loan.
Jamie Soule (LINCOLN) – Scored on debut but only made 1 substitute appearance since. Loan due to end 1st Jan 2021.
Saul Shotton (WOKING) – Played the full 90 in all 15 games, helping the mid-table side to 5 clean sheets. Solid. Loan due to end 1st Jan 2021.
Xande Silva (ARIS THESSALONIKI) – 2 starts and 5 sub appearances – involved in every game. Scored 1 and provided 2 assists so a decent return overall.
Dan Kemp (BLACKPOOL) – Just the 1 start and 5 short sub appearances, all fruitless. Much better things expected.
Felipe Anderson (PORTO) – Where did it all go wrong? Such a dynamic player on his day, but disappearing into oblivion it seems at the moment – 2 meagre substitute appearances all he has to show for his time in Portugal. Real head-scratcher.
Winston Reid (SPORTING KANSAS CITY) – 12 appearances and 1 goal – downed tools on 4th December when they were eliminated from the MLS play-offs. Loan due to end 31st Dec 2020.
Ryan Giles (COVENTRY) – Played 15 on the trot at the start of the season but perhaps due to only 1 solitary assist during that time he now finds himself in and out of the side (18 appearances altogether).
Niall Ennis (BURTON) – 9 showings with 1 assist to show for it. Makes the bench when not given a shirt but perhaps tellingly doesn’t get called upon – underwhelming report but again it’s for a struggling side so may deserve the benefit of the doubt.
Patrick Cutrone (FIORENTINA) – 13 sub appearances but no starts. No goals/assists – sidelined at the moment with back trouble. [Update: Now been recalled from loan duty].
Renat Dadashov (GRASSHOPPERS ZURICH) – Did his cruciate ligament during his initial training sessions with the club. Loan ended 8th Oct 2020.
Rafa Mir (SD HUESCA) – Played 15 times. Hit a purple patch towards the end of October – scoring 3 and providing an assist against Real Madrid. Tailed off somewhat since, making only substitute appearances the last 3 games.
Terry Taylor (GRIMSBY) – Made 13 appearances without assisting/scoring (though that’s not really his role) – out of the frame the last 4 games but will be looking to impress a new manager. Steady enough loan.
Leo Bonatini (GRASSHOPPERS ZURICH) – Seems crazy that he’s still only 26: featured in all bar one game (injury) for the Swiss – 13 appearances and 2 goals.
Leonardo Campana (FAMALICAO) – Started the first 2 games but restricted to just 2 further brief run-outs from the bench. No goals or assists and the young Ecuadorian is currently out with muscular injury.
Bruno Jordao (FAMALICAO) – A goal and an assist across 9 appearances, but more importantly earnt some glowing reviews for his creative displays – seems the homesick excuse rolled out at Molineux may have held some weight. Promising.
Ruben Vinagre (OLYMPIACOS) – Seemed an odd move returning on loan to his former club, arguably a sidewise move at best. Regardless, it’s not worked – just 2 starts (subbed off at half time in one of them) and not made the matchday squad any other time. Something’s either gone off with Nuno or the lad’s head’s not in the game. Looked such a good prospect – needs to knuckle down.
Matija Sarkic (SHREWSBURY) – Stop/start so far – played the first 3 games and then missed the next 10 with a knee injury. Regained his place but again absent last time out with another (presumably connected) knee injury. 9 appearances and kept 4 clean sheets.
Austin Samuels (BRADFORD) – 6 starts and 6 appearances from the bench. No goals/assists. Not great.
Dion Sanderson (SUNDERLAND) – 2 starts and 3 very brief substitute appearances – again, hardly constructive for a young lad that was well regarded in a higher division for Cardiff last term.
Morgan Gibbs-White (SWANSEA) – MotM performance on the opening day, scoring the winner. Provided an assist on match day 4 before fracturing his foot – been out injured ever since.