Spurs loanee update 29/11/09

Currently we have the following players out on loan:

Oscar Jansson (18) – Exeter City (until 1st December 2009)
Troy Archibald-Henville (21) – Exeter City (until December 2009)
John Bostock (17) – Brentford (until 13th December 2009)
Sam Cox (19) – Histon (until 13th December 2009)
Calum Butcher (18) – Barnet (until 26th December 2009)
Andros Townsend (18) – Leyton Orient (until 31st December 2009)
Adam Smith (18) – Torquay United (until January 2010)
David Button (20) – Shrewsbury Town (until January 2010)
Jake Livermore (20) – Derby County (until January 2010)
Jamie O’Hara (23) – Portsmouth (until January 2010)
Tomas Pekhart (20) – Slavia Prague (until 2nd Feb 2010)
Adel Taarabt – QPR (until the end of the season)
Kyle Walker (19) – Sheffield United (until the end of the season)
Jon Obika (19) – Yeovil Town (until the end of the season)
Ryan Mason (18) – Yeovil Town (until the end of the season)
Steven Caulker (17) – Yeovil Town (until the end of the season)
Mirko Ranieri (17) – Ipswich Town (until the end of the season)

Now returned:

Adam Smith – Wycombe Wanderers
Ben Alnwick – Norwich City
Lee Butcher – Grays Athletic
Dean Parrett – Aldershot Town
David Button – Crewe Alexandra
Sam Cox – Cheltenham Town
Danny Rose – Peterborough
Lee Butcher – Leyton Orient

Not too many of our loanees were in action this weekend, but since I last wrote an update, there have been some notable performances.

Troy Archibald-Henville was a subtitute again for Exeter City, coming on in the 66th minute. He was actually involved in a goal:

Troy’s long ball down the right flank put the on-form frontman clear and Stansfield made no mistake and on 67 minutes City looked to be in that Third Round draw….

Oscar Jansson was an unused sub for Exeter, and has been for some time now.

John Bostock played 89 minutes for Brentford in their cup tie against Walsall, and it was his corner that lead to the winning goal. He was criticised by many after his performance last week, but there are some much more encouraging comments on one of the Brentford forums this week:

“Bostock was brilliant one minute then giving it away the next but he created a lot today.”

“Bostock- 6/10, fine, but too many tricks and end-result was rarely produced“

“Thought Bostock was the creator of our best moves and with him, Legge and Price being our best performers.”

Jake Livermore played most of Derby’s match against Swansea last week, but this time round he was back on the bench again, coming on in the 82mind minute.

It was the opposite for Adel Taarabt, who played 80 minutes for QPR, having been a sub last time out. A few snippets from their official site:

Rangers were first on the attack when Watson played a beautiful, sweeping pass out to Taarabt on the left.

However, though the Tottenham loanee had time and space to shoot when free just inside the area, he could only drag his shot wide of Kieran Westwood’s left-hand post.

This was a fast-paced encounter, typified when play soon reverted to the other end and Taarabt played a delicious pass to Routledge on the right.

After great link-up play between Routledge and Taarabt, the former squared to Watson on the edge of the area, but he blasted just wide.

Taarabt drove at the visitors’ defence before unleashing a low shot on target, but Westwood got down well to claim the effort.

Soon after, Taarabt almost scored what would have been a goal of the season contender.

After a corner was deflected into his path, the Spurs loanee did what no-one expected when he dinked a speculative lob over the keeper – but his shot cannoned off the bar to safety.

This was becoming somewhat of the Taarabt show, and soon after he beat one man before dragging a shot inches wide.

Routledge’s driven effort from the edge of the area after a corner from Taarabt cannoned into the path of Buzsaky.

Jamie O’Hara played another 90 minutes for Portsmouth. He got 7/10 on Pompey Mad, who said that he was “outstanding first half but faded in the second.“

Kyle Walker played another 90 minutes for Sheffield United. He’s having a really good run at the moment; in fact, last week, this was written of him in a fan blog on their official site:

Walker 7/10
For the most part he looked a class above the rest of the players on the pitch but that was also the problem with him too! Some lovely balls played down the line including the one that led to the goal and overall showed his touch, speed and strength. However, Walker has to ensure he does not do too much on occasions. One or two moments of over confidence saw him lose the ball in a similar situation to the Newcastle goal.

Calum Butcher was an unused sub for Barnet, having signed on for a month this week.

Sam Cox‘s Histon play on Wednesday. He’s played twice for them so far, but hasn’t yet made his mark.

Andros Townsend‘s Leyton Orient play on Tuesday. If you’ve not seen much of Townsend, it’s well worth watching these Leyton Orient highlights – he had a good game last week, and created plenty of chances.

Adam Smith‘s Torquay United play on Tuesday. He has been very impressive for them in his first two games, winning Man of the Match on his debut. Some comments after that match from a forum:

He was superb today. Caused them problems coming forward, determined and comfortable with ball at feet, got MoM.

“I thought he was outstanding and gave them alsorts of problems but its just his final ball tends to try and beat the world, but very good.”

“Cracking signing, so far! Their right back didn’t have a clue what to do when Thomson and Smith were both running at him in the 2nd half!”

Incidentally, Smith has played at left-back, but is primarily a right-sided player.

David Button‘s Shrewsbury Town play on Tuesday. He hasn’t played for them so far.

Tomas Pekhart‘s Slavia Prague play today. If anyone knows whether he’s injured, please let me know!

Jon Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker will hope to be involved when Yeovil Town play on Tuesday. A couple of comments after the Charlton game from Taff’s Gloversblog:

5. Steven Caulker: 7/10 – Another first-class display, particularly during that backs-to-the-wall second half.

13. Ryan Mason: 8/10 – As the second least physically-imposing player in the squad Ryan was always likely to struggle in yesterday’s conditions – except class will out. Ran the game in the first half, caused the visitors to go down to ten men and provided the pass for our goal. My only criticism would be that he should have taken the opportunity to shoot on goal more during the first half – Sodje showed after the break what might have been if Ryan had given himself the chance more often rather than trying to find that killer ball all the time. A wonderful player to watch however and one can only guess where he might be in a few years time. Spurs first team? At the very least, I would say.

26. Jonathan Obika: 7/10 – I said a couple of weeks ago that Obika needs to start upping his game and I’m pleased to say that he did that yesterday. Has a good understanding with Mason and took his goal clinically.

Yeovil highlights.

Mirko Ranieri has moved to Ipswich Town to play for their U18 side in the Youth Cup.

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