October 25, 2009
Oscar Jansson – Exeter City (until 31st October 2009)
Sam Cox – Cheltenham Town (until 1st November 2009)
Jon Obika – Yeovil Town (until 11th November 2009)
Ryan Mason – Yeovil Town (until 14th November 2009)
Steven Caulker – Yeovil Town (until 14th November 2009)
Lee Butcher – Leyton Orient (until 14th November 2009)
Troy Archibald-Henville – Exeter City (until December 2009)
Andros Townsend – Leyton Orient (until 31st December 2009)
Danny Rose – Peterborough (until January 2010)
David Button – Crewe Alexandra (until January 2010)
Jake Livermore – Derby County (until January 2010)
Jamie O’Hara – Portsmouth (until January 2010)
Tomas Pekhart – Slavia Prague (until 2nd Feb 2010)
Adel Taarabt – QPR (until May 2010)
Kyle Walker – Sheffield United (until May 2010)
Now returned from loan:
Adam Smith – Wycombe Wanderers
Ben Alnwick – Norwich City
Lee Butcher – Grays Athletic
Dean Parrett – Aldershot Town
I’ll start with Dean Parrett and Sam Cox. Parrett has had his first taste of league football over the last month with League Two Aldershot Town. By all accounts they were quite taken with him down there, and he bagged himself a Man of the Match award and a couple of assists in his four games. Rumour has it that he will be moving to a League One side in the next week, now that his one-month loan has finished.
Sam Cox just got the one game for Cheltenham, and he was so unfortunate. Starting in his favoured position of central midfield, he was forced to drop back to centre-back to cover for injury. It’s worth remembering at this point that this was Sam’s league debut and that, at 5’5, he’s hardly prime size for a centre-half. I do feel for Sam, who had this to say after the game:
“I went home after the game and spent time with my family and friends, but I was thinking about the game a lot and it was not such a good birthday,” Cox said.
“I was over the moon to make my debut and I thank God and my parents for the opportunity, but things didn’t go well.
“I have never played centre-back in my life as you can tell by my height, but I gave it 100 per cent and put my body on the line.
“I might not have been up to it physically, but I gave it my best and that was all I could do.”
Sam played for Spurs U18s on Friday (against Watford), so it looks like his loan spell may have come to a premature end. I hope his next loan goes better as, whilst he’s not the most gifted player, he has a terrific attitude and work ethic.
Oscar Jansson and Troy Archibald-Henville have both found themselves on the Exeter City bench of late, having initially both been regulars. Jansson has made some impressive saves, but has also made a few errors which have resulted in goals – of course, not knowing the defenders could be a contributing factor. Exeter have actually dropped off since Troy was dropped, and several posters on the Exeter forums seem keen for him to come back into the side.
The three players at Yeovil – Caulker, Mason, and Obika have all contributed over the last month. Jon Obika has had mixed fortunes since returning from England U20 duty. Last weekend he was left out of Yeovil’s squad entirely, as they have too many loan players. However, this week he was on the bench, and came on with 30 minutes to go. Two minutes in, and he scored with a glancing header to pull Yeovil level, and they went on to win the game. Mason scored two last week, playing as the trequartista for the first time. I’ve long said that he needs to play there, but Terry Skiverton has been keen to play him in central midfield, or even out on the left. His two goals (which you can watch here) made sure that he was in the League One team of the week last week. 17-year old centre back, Steven, has made a big impression, and the Yeovil fans are so keen to hang on to him for the rest of the season. Some nice comments from Taff’s Gloversblog on last week’s game:
5. Steven Caulker: 8/10 – You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, as the song goes and Steven’s return from international duty showed how much we missed him last week. Never looks flustered or hurried, dominant in the air and as much passing ability as any midfielder. More than played his part in not giving either Scott Dobie or Vincent Pericard a sniff of a chance.
13. Ryan Mason: 9/10 – What can you say? Took his two most obvious chances clinically and could easily have scored a hat-trick with a tad more luck. Ran the game in the first half from his more advanced position in the hole and all I can say to that is: Told you so. So much more to come from him too, as long as he can stay fit. Can we keep him all season? That’s my only concern. In the meantime, enjoy him while he is here.
Andros Townsend‘s having a mixed time at Leyton Orient. He seems to play really well one week, and do nothing the next; I guess that’s the nature of the role he’s playing. This week he played 90 minutes as Orient lost 4-0, but last week it was his cross which ended in the winning goal (an own goal) – check out his wing play on the right towards the end of the highlights – not bad for a left-sided player. Townsend was interviewed in the Metro last week, and said that he’d like to follow O’Hara’s footsteps and push for appearances once he returns from his loan.
21-year old goalkeeper Lee Butcher has also headed down to Orient, but has so far been an unused sub.
Danny Rose was only a sub for Peterborough this weekend, but he did play in midweek. Darren Ferguson was full of praise after Danny’s debut 3 weeks ago:
Danny has been on the radar for quite a while, he has done extremely well in the Tottenham Hotspur reserve team and he performed admirably in a loan spell at Watford at this level earlier in the year.
‘He is a very good footballer, he will fit into the way we want to play, he can get around the pitch and we are pleased to have him on board.
‘We know a fair bit about him, he can play anywhere across the midfield, he can play in behind the front two and will suit the way we play, particularly the formation that we want to play,’ Ferguson said.
Jake Livermore has been deputising for Paul Green in the middle of Derby’s midfield, and no doubt picking up some tips from Robbie Savage…! Nigel Clough was critical of him after a poor game 3 weeks ago, saying “And I have to say the same about Jake Livermore in midfield. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone give the ball away as much as he did. He’s 19-years-old and still learning.” However, he has stuck by him since then, and he’s started two and come on as a sub in one.
Jamie O’Hara‘s getting a good run of games at Portsmouth, and has played a number of different roles. This week he started at the base of a diamond, before moving further forward in the second half. He’s also played from the left, and has also been responsible for taking all of their set pieces.
NB: he’s a cheap option in Fantasy Football, and took the 3 bonus points this week!
David Button has had a steady time at Crewe since returning from injury, and has now made 10 starts. Got to be good for his development, although I’ve no idea whether he’s still as highly rated at the club as he once was.
Adel Taarabt has had a sudden upturn in fortunes for QPR. A matter of weeks ago, he was getting some criticism from manager Jim Magilton:
“He’s a wonderful footballer and at times he will infuriate everyone like he infuriates me.
“But he’s very much a prized asset of ours. If he’s reacted, he’s been a little bit silly – but that’s what you get with talented footballers.
“They can be a bit headstrong at times.
“Will I put an arm around him? No, I’ll probably throttle him for not passing!”
In the following two games, he was on the bench. He then went away and scored for Morocco, and since he’s come back, he’s netted a wonder goal, and a cheeky free kick.
Taarabt’s goal, and his trick that wins a penalty from a fortnight ago.
This week’s goal.
Magilton’s changed his tune!
Magilton paid tribute to the performance of all his players, but when asked about Taarabt’s opening goal, added: “Adel is a genius.
“He’s a dying breed in today’s game. He can beat men with ease. He just darts past them.
“Very few players can go by players like he can, but he has outstanding ability.
“His finish was simply out of this world.”
Kyle Walker has been playing week in, week out for Sheffield United and, whilst he’s not attracted much attention, it can only be good for his development.
Tomas Pekhart isn’t getting any games at Slavia Prague, and I do wonder why he’s still there. I just hope they are paying his wages…
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