Loan round-up – White makes Pompey debut, Skipp stars again
Thu 21 January 2021, 14:05|Tottenham Hotspur
Harvey White was straight into action after joining Portsmouth on loan earlier this week.
The 19-year-old central midfielder was named on the bench as Pompey hosted AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park on Tuesday night and came on for the last 20 minutes of what turned out to be a 4-0 win for his side, which saw them move to within a point of the League One summit.
The match marked Harvey’s senior league debut, having previously featured for our first team in the Europa League and FA Cup. Portsmouth host Hull City on Saturday.
Fellow central midfielder Oliver Skipp has continued to impress for Norwich City in the Championship, helping his side to a 2-0 home victory over Bristol City on Wednesday evening, which manager Daniel Farke described as the Canaries’ “best performance of the season”.
‘Skippy’ has started every single league game for Norwich so far this season, with his side currently seven points clear at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more than second-placed Swansea. He also featured as a late substitute in the Canaries’ 2-0 home victory over Coventry City in the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month. Farke’s men travel to Barnsley in the fourth round on Saturday.
Clarke features for Potters
Winger Jack Clarke has featured as a substitute in both of Stoke City’s matches since he headed to the bet365 Stadium on loan last week.
He stepped off the bench just after the hour mark as the Potters drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers last weekend, before coming on for the last quarter-of-an-hour of a thrilling 3-3 draw at Rotherham United on Tuesday evening. Stoke are eighth in the Championship table and host Watford on Friday night.
Another player to head out on loan this month was Development Squad defender Jubril Okedina, who is eyeing his first taste of senior football at Cambridge United. He’s remained an unused substitute in each of the League Two leaders’ last three games as they’ve taken seven points from a possible nine – they host Bradford City on Saturday.
Carter-Vickers emerges for Cherries
Having not featured in any matchday squads for AFC Bournemouth during the first half of the campaign, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers made his long-awaited debut for the Cherries from the start in their 4-1 win at Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup earlier this month and has now started three of the Championship club’s last four games in all competitions. Sixth-placed Bournemouth host Crawley Town in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
The one match Cameron was on the bench for last week – a 1-1 home draw with Millwall – saw striker Troy Parrott starting up front for the visitors. The Irish international completed 78 minutes that night and has featured in all but two of Millwall’s last 14 games in the Championship and FA Cup. Currently 16th domestically, Troy’s side host Bristol City in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
Shilow steps out against Saints
The FA Cup gave attacker Shilow Tracey a good chance to test himself against Premier League opposition on Tuesday night as his Shrewsbury Town side went to St Mary’s to take on Southampton.
The 22-year-old came on as a substitute with just under half-an-hour remaining for his 12th appearance in all competitions for the Shrews, but he couldn’t prevent his side from suffering a 2-0 defeat. Shilow has featured off the bench in four of Shrewsbury’s last five games in League One – they visit Sunderland on Saturday, looking to move up from their current position of 17th in the table.
Joint-top of the same division, second only on goal difference to Hull, are Lincoln City, for whom defender TJ Eyoma continues to start regularly. Playing primarily at right-back and occasionally at centre-half, the 20-year-old has started 28 of Lincoln’s 31 games in all competitions so far this term and earlier this month helped them reach the quarter-finals of the Papa John’s (EFL) Trophy with a 4-0 home win over Accrington Stanley. They host Northampton Town in League One on Saturday.
On the continent, it’s been a busy few weeks for Juan Foyth, who is on loan at Spanish side Villarreal. He’s featured in five of his side’s last six La Liga games, including a 2-2 home draw with Granada on Wednesday evening where he played at right-back and completed the full 90 minutes. He also helped his side progress from the third round of the Copa del Rey on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Tenerife. Fourth-placed Villarreal travel to Huesca in the league on Saturday.
Unfortunately, Ryan Sessegnon took a knock for Hoffenheim earlier this month and has missed their last three games in the German Bundesliga. Hoffenheim host 1. FC Köln on Sunday and are currently 11th in the table.
After the recent returns to the club of Jack Roles (Burton Albion), Kazaiah Sterling (Southend United) and Josh Oluwayemi (Maidenhead) following the conclusion of their respective loan spells, we currently have 10 players out on loan.