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Loan window could provide opportunities for Liverpool youngsters
We take a look at five Liverpool players who could benefit from a loan move and potential suitors for them in the Championship.
The transfer window may have only just closed, but for the Football League the excitement starts up again on February 8th when the loan window opens.
This window can allow some of the bigger clubs to release players who would not otherwise get much playing time the opportunity to show and develop their skills. Granted, the Championship and lower leagues may not have the glamour or prestige of the Premier league but to ignore this chance is a waste. A good example is Jay Spearing who is currently earning invaluable experience at Bolton.
We take a look at 5 Liverpool players who are not currently out on loan who could greatly benefit from this and provide a suggestion of the club I feel would benefit them the most.
At the start of season the Spaniard broke into the first-team, more out of necessity perhaps though after the limited options available. Brendan Rodgers showed right from the start that reputation stood for nothing and he was happy to give youth a chance; however Suso has foundd his time greatly limited especially in light of the resurgence of Stewart Downing on the right of the front 3. In terms of attacking options we currently have the likes of Sturridge, Suarez, Downing, Coutinho, Sterling, Borini. Options were not something Rodgers was afforded at the start of the season and I believe Suso would find himself at the bottom of that list.
A potential suitor would be Blackpool. They play good attacking football and a style similar to Liverpool’s. Shelvey hugely benefited from a time at the Seasiders last season.
The player was linked with a loan move to Wigan, and commented on the suggestion on his twitter, but a short spell at a Championship side would make sense for all parties.
A player who was given a good run in the team under Kenny Dalglish but since the return to fitness of Enrique and the emergence of Andre Wisdom, Robinson has found time on the pitch limited largely to domestic cup competitions. As we are no longer in either competition this will only add to his lack of first-team action. When he first found a run in the team he seemed a composed, well rounded defender who was as happy charging forward as he was at tracking back. However since finding himself dropped from the team for long spells his form as suffered massively as was quite well shown up against Oldham.
One club where he can knuckle down and have a good opportunity for games would be Hull. A promotion chasing team with high aspirations this would be a perfect place for Jack . They have a good manager in Steve Bruce who would fit perfectly in nurturing Jack and showing him the role of a defender.
Another player that did little to enhance his credentials against Oldham. His arrival at Liverpool from Nacional was hailed as a piece of brilliance. But he has so far failed to cement a place in the first-team, especially in the last couple of months – falling behind Carragher in the pecking order. He has shown pieces of sound defending against the likes of Tottenham and Stoke last season but again due to a lack of playing time he has definitely received a drop in form (only 4 appearances since the end of October).
The club I would see as being most beneficial for him would somewhere like Brighton. I have long been an admirer or Gus Poyet and the way he is making Brighton play. Again this is a style of football which is easy on the eye and very enjoyable. He would gain experience of being under pressure of a team with a large expectation with them chasing promotion and also large crowds in the impressive Amex stadium.
A player who falls in the same category as Suso in terms of being a long way down the pecking order of attacking players for the first team.
Yesil’s two League Cup appearances were definitely out of necessity rather than choice and Rodgers has understandably calmed expectations by signalling that he is one for the future, not now.
Somewhere he would be offered a real chance to impress and with someone whom I have a great deal of respect is at Crystal Palace under the leadership of Ian Holloway. Holloway is a man who revolutionised Blackpool and despite it ultimately being in vain, took the league by storm with his team playing free flowing football and refusing to be intimidated by the bigger boys. This would only help Samed progress as a player and hopefully allow him to realise his full potential.
Another defender who benefitted from a good run of games under Dalglish and has shown a great potential but is in need of more experience before he is ready for rigours of the Premier League (he has only played 2 games this season) He is currently well down the list of options for full-back and youngster Ryan McLaughlin appears to have overtaken him of late too.
I would like to see Jon at a club like Ipswich. Like many of the others I have mentioned they are chasing promotion but have a sound defensive minded boss in Mick McCarthy. He may not be the most glamorous of managers but instils a strong mentality and discipline in his team. His record at Wolves in hindsight was very good and the work he is putting in at Ipswich is slowly starting to take effect (last time out was a highly impressive 4-0 victory against high flying Middlesborough) which can only be of a benefit to young Jon.
At no point am I saying that any of these players are not good enough to play for Liverpool but at the same time there is little point in keeping players in reserves when they have little chance at present of playing and where better to take advantage of the need for experience than to loan these players to the rapidly growing and highly competitive Championship. Anything which would benefit the players can only work to the greater good of the club.