Scott Taylor takes a look at some of the players currently out on loan from Liverpool, and their performances over the weekend.
He talks through Suso, McLaughlin, Robinson, Wisdom, Coady, Adorjan, Borini and Assaidi.
Since his recent bust-up with loan side Almeria, Spain Under-21 starlet Suso has struggled for games at Almeria and has started the large majority of their recent games on the substitutes bench. This frustrating run continued when he started there – yet again – for Almeria in their 2-0 loss away to Villarreal. Suso did play 45 minutes though, as he replaced Helder Barbosa at the start of the second half. In that 45 minutes, Suso had 4 shots, all of which came to nothing. With that defeat, Almeria fall to 17th in La Liga and will be undoubtedly be looking to get some points after 3 consecutive defeats when they host 12th placed Getafe on Sunday 26th January.
19 year old full-back Ryan McLaughlin recently joined Championship strugglers Barnsley on an initial one-month loan deal. The Northern Irishman didn’t have the chance to get his debut last week as Barnsley’s game with Charlton was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. However, McLaughlin came straight into the starting line-up in their 2-0 win over Blackpool on Saturday, and helped his side to a rare win. McLaughlin did have two moments of worry in the 3rd minute and in the 93rd minute by way of injury scares, but he appears to have been unscathed. McLaughlin will be hoping to help Barnsley pick up another valuable 3 points when they host 8th placed Blackburn on Tuesday 28th January who will be looking to bounce back after a 4-1 defeat away to Nottingham Forest.
As mentioned before, Jack Robinson’s Blackpool suffered yet another defeat when they lost to joint bottom side Barnsley at Oakwell. Robinson was busy on Saturday as he had the unenviable problem of dealing with Ryan McLaughlin throughout the game. In the 2nd minute of injury time at the end of the first half, Robinson picked up his 2nd booking in as many games, as discipline is clearly still an issue for the left-back. He did have a chance to get a goal for his loan side, but his shot went just wide. Robinson’s next game may be under a new manager with current manager Paul Ince’s future in doubt. Robinson will be looking to play another 90 minutes when Blackpool host 22nd placed Doncaster on Saturday 25th January.
Andre Wisdom has been playing at right back in all of Derby’s games this season, and in their 1-0 win at home to Brighton on Saturday, this was no different. Wisdom played 73 minutes in the victory, and for the first time this season he did not complete the full 90 minutes, but this was because of an injury. The good news for Wisdom was that he was voted Man of the Match. Derby’s next game is away to 8th placed Derby on Saturday 25th January, a game where Wisdom will want to feature if he’s fit.
After his 2nd goal for loan side Sheffield United last week, many expected Coady to start for the Blades in their 2-2 draw with Bradford on Saturday. This was not the case however, as Coady came on as an 88th minute substitute. The Liverpudlian will be looking to make more of an impact when Sheffield United host Premier League side Fulham in the 4th round of the FA Cup, where they’ll be hoping for a repeat of what happened against Aston Villa in the previous round.
In his first game back from the winter break in Holland, midfielder Krisztian Adorjan started and played 73 minutes for this loan side Groningen against 15th placed RKC before being replaced by Lorenzo Burnet. In his 73 minutes on the pitch, the Hungarian managed 1 shot on goal, whilst delivering 6 corners for his side. Adorjan will be looking to consolidate his place in the starting line-up when 6th placed Groningen host 3rd placed FC Twente on Sunday 26th January.
22 year old forward Fabio Borini started again for loan side Sunderland in their 2-2 draw with Southampton at the weekend. Borini excelled for Sunderland, scoring his 3rd goal in 4 games in the 31st minute of the match to reduce Sunderland’s deficit after the Saints went 2-0 up. Borini thought he had his and Sunderland’s 2nd soon after, but his goal was ruled out for offside when the score was 2-1. Borini then turned provider for Steven Fletcher and seemed to have linked well with his striker partner, but Fletcher was ruled offside. The Italian was searching for a winner but his 95th minute shot was blocked. Borini will be hoping to continue his fine run of form when Sunderland travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United in the 2nd leg of the Capital One Cup Semi Final on Wednesday.
Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi returned to action for Stoke after missing the 5-3 defeat with Liverpool and played 72 minutes on his return which saw Stoke beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace. Assaidi was at fault for the only goal of the game as his wayward pass found Jason Puncheon, who made amends after last week’s horrific penalty by netting the winner. Assaidi did create a couple of chances for his loan side, both for Jonathon Walters either side of half-time, but the striker couldn’t convert. Assaidi was eventually replaced by Marko Arnautovic. Stoke’s next game will be away to Fabio Borini’s Sunderland, a game that Assaidi will hope to feature in.