Loan Roundup: November 27-30
Posted by nickogs20 on December 1, 2010
While the goals were flying in for the Reds at Old Trafford on Saturday, several of United’s loanees were also finding the net away from M16…
Danny Welbeck‘s red-hot goalscoring form for Sunderland continued as the 20 year-old found the net at Molineux to bag his fourth goal in three games. The goal – a terrific near post header from a Phil Bardsley cross (shown at 1:33 here) – handed the Black Cats a 2-1 lead (Darren Bent’s goal having earlier cancelled out Kevin Foley’s strike for the hosts), but a late fightback from Wolves saw Stephen Hunt equalise and former Red Sylvan Ebanks-Blake snatch a late winner. Nonetheless, Danny’s recent goalscoring exploits and outstanding performances are keeping record signing Asamoah Gyan out of the team and earning rave reviews, perhaps causing some Reds to re-evaluate their view of the young forward after his sporadic and often out-of-position appearances for United thus far.
Another young Red scoring in a losing cause was Tom Cleverley, who was delighted to net his first Premier League goal but rather disappointed with the circumstances. Wigan were already 3-0 down at Upton Park when the on-loan Reds midfielder swept a superb effort past Rob Green into the top corner from the edge of the box (shown at 1:18 here, somewhat dampening any instincts to celebrate another goalscoring milestone. Nonetheless, that strike and a strong run into the box to earn a penalty (which Mauro Boselli would miss) were the highlights of the Latics afternoon, showing how important Tom is now for Roberto Martinez’s struggling side.
The third Reds loanee to hit the net at the weekend was someone slightly less renowned for his goalscoring ability – centre-back James Chester, who popped up with a dramatic late winner for Carlisle. The Cumbrians hosted non-league Tamworth in the second round of the FA Cup and were pushed to the limit by their visitors, having to come from behind twice before Chester rose highest to head home a set-piece in the final minute and spare the League One club’s blushes. There was more cup success for the Brunton Park outfit on Tuesday as well, a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the Johnstones Paint Trophy taking them one step closer to a return to Wembley in that competition – James again completed the full 90 minutes.
Less fortunate in the FA Cup was Nicky Ajose, who has been the most prolific of all United’s loanees thus far this season but was unable to find the target as Bury exited the competition at the hands of Peterborough United. The Shakers more than held their own against higher division opponents and Ajose went close on a number of occasions (particularly in the first half), but goals from Lee Tomlin and Craig Mackail-Smith ensured it would be the Posh whose name went into the hat for the third round draw.
Back in league action, Cameron Stewart made his debut for Hull at a wintry Riverside Stadium, the Championship game against Middlesbrough only just going ahead after heavy snowfall on Teesside. The 19 year-old started on the left wing for Nigel Pearson’s side and acquitted himself well for 69 minutes before being replaced by Jay Simpson, the game ending 2-2. It wasn’t the easiest game for a player like Cameron to make his mark in, but Pearson saw enough to express optimism about his new signing, telling the Tigers’ website: “He showed glimpses of a style of player that we’ve not got. He’s a young man with a good temperament and I’m sure he’ll have an impact for us.“.
Elsewhere in the second tier, struggling Preston could only pick up a point at home against Millwall, although Ritchie de Laet will have taken satisfaction from being part of a defence that kept a rare clean sheet (the Belgian was replaced three minutes from time by former Red David Gray). United’s other two loanees at Deepdale were ruled out due to injury, with both Joshua King and Matty James suffering from ankle knocks – both should be back in contention within weeks rather than months.
The big game in the Championship was at Loftus Road, where Danny Drinkwater‘s second-placed Cardiff City made the trip to face table-topping QPR. Perhaps surprisingly, Drinkwater was deployed in an unfamiliar left-sided role and was replaced by Jason Koumas after an ineffective 57 minutes, a decision that will also have been influenced by the Mancunian midfielder’s lack of match fitness after his recent injury. Danny was forced to watch from the bench as Adel Taarabt’s winner secured all three points for the London side.
Finally, left kicking their heels all weekend were Mame Biram Diouf and Scott Wootton. The Senegalese forward was obviously ineligible for Blackburn’s trip to Old Trafford and was probably grateful to have not been involved as Rovers were on the receiving end of Berbatov-inspired thrashing. Wootton meanwhile was made to wait for his second Tranmere debut, the Prenton Park outfit having no weekend fixture (after a first round FA Cup exit) and then seeing their Johnstones Paint Trophy clash with Huddersfield called off as the ongoing cold snap took hold. Expect similar frustration for a number of our loanees this coming week…
Tom Cleverley (West Ham United 3-1 Wigan Athletic) – 90 minutes, 1 goal.
Mame Biram Diouf (Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers) – Ineligible due to loan rules.
Danny Welbeck (Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Sunderland) – 90 minutes, 1 goal.
Ritchie de Laet (Preston North End 0-0 Millwall) – Started, subbed after 87 mins.
Danny Drinkwater (Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Cardiff City) – Started, subbed after 57 mins.
Matty James (Preston North End 0-0 Millwall) – Not in matchday squad.
Joshua King (Preston North End 0-0 Millwall) – Out injured.
Cameron Stewart (Middlesbrough 2-2 Hull City) – Debut, started, subbed after 69 mins.
James Chester (Carlisle United 3-2 Tamworth) – 90 minutes, 1 goal.
Nicky Ajose (Bury 1-2 Peterborough United) – 90 minutes.
JOHNSTONES PAINT TROPHY
James Chester (Carlisle United 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday) – 90 minutes.