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Loan round-up - Glover's debut, Walkes' play-off agony, assists and more

Posted on 8 November 2017  - 16:16

A debut for Tom Glover, MLS play-off heartache for Anton Walkes and assists for three more young players – it’s been an action-packed spell for our boys out on loan lately.

Tom Glover on duty for Central Coast Mariners against Melbourne VictoryGoalkeeper Tom plays the ball against Perth GloryCameron Carter-Vickers stays strong for Sheffield United against QPRConnor Ogilvie on duty for Gillingham

Goalkeeper Glover, a regular for our Development Squad last season, started Central Coast Mariners’ first four games of the new Australian A-League campaign which began last month, but wasn’t involved at the weekend as his side drew 0-0 at Brisbane Roar. The Mariners have drawn two and lost two of Tom’s four games thus far.

Versatile defender Walkes, meanwhile, is enjoying a well-earned break after a fantastic season with MLS new boys Atlanta United finally came to an end with a play-off defeat to Columbus Crew at the end of October. After breaking into the team on a regular basis in June, Anton was ever-present at right-back for Atlanta during the run-in, aside from a 3-2 home defeat by Minnesota United, as they became the first MLS expansion side since 2009 to reach the play-offs.

Utilised at centre-half during the final game of the regular Eastern Conference season at home to Toronto on October 22, which ended 2-2, he was back on the right and put in an extended shift against Columbus five days later as his side took their first steps in the play-offs before being replaced in extra time. Atlanta lost 3-1 on penalties but will look back with pride on their debut campaign, which saw them regularly play in front of sell-out crowds and move into their plush new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Anton finished the American season with 23 appearances and two goals to his name.

Last Saturday, left-back Connor Ogilvie bagged an assist for Gillingham as they won 2-1 at home to Leyton Orient in the first round of the FA Cup. Connor has continued to feature regularly for the Gills in League One, only missing out on a 3-0 defeat at Rochdale back in September.

Young centre-half Cameron Carter-Vickers – this week called into the senior USA squad for the second time in his career – also provided an assist as Sheffield United won 4-1 at home to Hull City in the Championship on Saturday. After scoring the winning goal on his debut for the Blades at Bolton Wanderers and then returning to the starting line-up for a 4-2 win over Steel City rivals Sheffield Wednesday in September, Cameron has been ever-present for Chris Wilder’s side as they’ve climbed to second in the table.

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Elsewhere in the Championship, midfielder Josh Onomah (pictured, above, in action against Birmingham City) has been back in Aston Villa’s starting line-up of late and provided an assist on his last appearance, a 2-0 win at Preston North End last week, but missed Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday through injury.

Over in Turkey, striker Vincent Janssen has started all but two Super Lig games since linking up with Fenerbahce in September, most recently a 1-1 draw at Osmanlispor on Saturday.