There has been mixed feelings about various loanees and their performances/progression this weekend. Some had their progress halted by not playing, others had superb outings …
There has been mixed feelings about various loanees and their performances/progression this weekend. Some had their progress halted by not playing, others had superb outings, and all in all I think the club will be happy with the players they have real optimism for – and other than 1 or 2, the club won’t have been pleasantly surprised by many loanees who they have low ratings or ambitions for. Each loanee is closely monitored by the club and during this report I hope to give you a better insight into how well each of our loaned players have been progressing.
Firstly, I will begin with Darren O’Dea – Darren again found himself on the bench prior to Ipswich Town’s game vs Cardiff after making just 1 substitute appearance for the Tractor Boys in their last 7 matches. But in the 29th minute O’Dea came on for the injured Mark Kennedy. He looked bright to begin with, making a few vital clearances and mopping up any danger. Immediately after the break Ipswich were on the back foot and had to defend a flurry of corners. This meant Darren was fully tested, bearing in mind he was up against 3 of the Championship’s most classy attackers in Michael Chopra, Jay Boothroyd and Craig Bellamy. A clean sheet was kept, and Darren came through the game with flying colours bearing in mind the small amount of playing time he has had of late. He produced a solid all round performance, kept the ball tremendously and showed signs that he may possibly become a great Celtic player once again.
|“The ball was looped into the area and Richie was there under no pressure but in what can only be described as a rush of blood moment he swung a right foot volley and deviated the ball past his helpless keeper”|
Next, I will focus on young Richie Towell. Richie played the full game away at St.Johnstone and he played in his usual right back role. During the first half Hibs were under lots of pressure and St.Johnstone shelled lots of long balls towards both Hibs full backs early on, but Richie went into the half time break feeling that he’d played well having dealt with everything comfortably. Instantly after the interval, disaster struck as Richie put the ball into his own net in bizarre fashion. The ball was looped into the area and Richie was there under no pressure but in what can only be described as a rush of blood moment he swung a right foot volley and deviated the ball past his helpless keeper. He seemed to drop his head afterwards but he soon regained full confidence, driving a powerful strike into the hands of the St.Johnstone stopper. In a nutshell Richie had an average game, excluding his moment to forget, the real test of character will be next week when we see how he reacts to his 2nd fatal mistake.
Third to comment upon is Josh Thompson, who had his progress halted as he didn’t feature today. So there is nothing I can update you on this weekend.
Next in the line of fire is Ben Hutchinson. Benjamin came on as a 74th minute substitute in Lincoln’s League 2 clash with Accrington Stanley. He was put on the left hand side of midfield and had no telling involvement other than a snapshot from 18 yards, which was wide of the mark.
In need of an update next is Morten Rasmussen. Morten was handed a start and debut for Aab Fodbold’s Danish league game v Silkeborg IF. He played the entire game and provided an assist for fellow strike partner J.Curth in the 21 minute. After this Morten failed to attract attention, striking a few half hearted efforts at goal and received a booking on the 87 minute mark.
Under my observation next was Jason Marr. This was the 1st time in 4 matches that Ross County had failed to keep a clean sheet – but by no means was Jason at fault for the opposition’s goal. That opposition was in fact Falkirk, Jason’s temporary home for 6 months. Jason played the full 90 minutes. He tracked his man well, lead the line brilliantly and responded to anything required of him. The final score was Ross County 2-1 Falkirk, so a great win for Marr and an equally good performance.
Penultimately, my update is on Paul McGowan. Paul heated up the build up to the game, quoting that he was desperate to win the game against Rangers for both St.Mirren and his parent club Celtic. However it wasn’t to be in a narrow 1-0 loss. Paul played the whole match and it was a performance of average status. He was in a slightly foreign position (right midfield). The best chance of the game fell to him 5 minutes after the restart, when a cross from the left hand side found its way to Paul at the far post, he had time for a touch but elected for the first time effort and from 5 yards he put it high over the bar.
Jos Hooiveld is whom my final update is on. Jos came on with the score at 1-0 in the 77th minute for FC Copenhagen, in a rare 2-0 defeat for Copenhagen to FC Midtjylland. Jos came in – in a holding midfield role and had a very small effect, it was scrappy from the point of his introduction onwards and he was bypassed for much of his short affair. Hooiveld only had to make a few clearances or make the odd simple pass; before in the 81st minute Copenhagen fell 2 behind. So in conclusion Hooiveld had little effect on a poor day for FC Copenhagen.
Written by afcbliamk
* More expanded details of each players progress and their season’s statistics can be found under the thread with their name on in Liam’s Loan Reports section.
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