LFC Loan Report
Goals, Assists, Clean Sheets, yellow cards, and match winning performances. It all happened this week for the Red Loanees.
For the third week in a row, only half the on-loan Reds featured as the others missed out for various reasons.
This week Danny Ings, Sheyi Ojo, Connor Randall and Allan all missed out through injury, while Ben Woodburn and Shamal George were joined on the unused substitute list by Adam Bogdan.
There’s only one place to start as I’m sure you’re all curious as to how this season’s star loanee got on at the weekend. In case you didn’t guess already, I’m referring to Harry Wilson.
Wilson started on the right of a three-man attack as Derby faced Wigan on Saturday afternoon. Despite putting in plenty of endeavour, Wilson struggled to get into the game and was subbed in the 70th minute as Derby lead 1-0.
Derby held on to the victory which saw them move to 4th in the Championship.
It didn’t take him long to shake off the ring rust after injury, and now he really is back with a bang as Marko Grujic produced a Man of the Match display in Hertha Berlin’s victory over Eintracht at the weekend.
Producing the most shots on target (three) and making the most tackles (four) while also scoring the only goal of the game with a bullet header just before half-time – it really was an all-action performance by the young Serb. It was so good in fact that it prompted his manager, Pal Dardai, to describe him as “the best midfielder Hertha have had in 20 years”.
High praise for the young man. Let’s hope his form continues.
No goals this week for the high flying Herbie Kane he just had to make do with an assist instead.
Deployed on the right of midfield as Doncaster faced Bristol Rovers in League 1, the young loanee ran his opponents ragged on the flank as he contributed with a dominant performance as Doncaster won 4-0.
Kane’s best moment came in the second half as he collected the ball on the right and twisted his marker inside out before producing a pinpoint cross that was nodded home.
It was his 6th assist of the season and with 5 goals to his name the young Red is having a great season in league 1.
Karius produced a Man of the Match performance as Besiktas drew 0-0 with Alanyaspor at the weekend. His second clean sheet in succession.
Besiktas earned a point largely due to the heroics of the young German who produced several saves throughout the 90 minutes and two incredible stops at the end of each half, the second coming right at the death and would’ve surely been the match winner for Alanyaspor.
The Rangers Lads
Back from injury and back in the starting XI, Ryan Kent returned this weekend for Rangers as they faced Dundee in the SPL.
A win would’ve seen Rangers go level with Celtic at the top of the SPL, but it was a frustrating afternoon for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Pegged back early, Rangers found themselves back in the game in the 21st minute as Dundee were also reduced to 10 men. Rangers however couldn’t capitalise on their numerical advantage as the game stayed 1-1.
Kent was understandably rusty and only played the first 45 minutes in a frustrating display. The Reds other loanee at Ibrox, Ovie Ejaria, entered the game with 20 minutes to go but like Kent struggled to make an impact.
Corey Whelan made his 15th start of the season for League 2 Crewe as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Oldham. The young Red completed the full 90 at right-back.
It was another frustrating afternoon for Taiwo Awoniyi as the young Nigerian was only used to run the clock down appearing for the final moments as Gent beat Eupen 2-0.
Speaking of Gent, Arroyo completed another full 90 for Gent U21s as they as they beat KV Oostende 5-0.