Norwich City Loan Manager Andrew Hughes currently has 16 players to watch and coach, having succeeded Neil Adams in that role earlier this season.
Promotion hopes, relegation worries, injury frustration and Covid-19 worries are all on the table as lenders try to improve their career prospects after being cleared from the Canaries .
Josip Drmic – Rijeka
Frozen after relegation from the Premier League in 2020, Drmic got his career back on track in Croatia with seven goals in 18 games. The 29-year-old Swiss international is back in Rijeka for the final year of his Canary Islands contract and has played a prolific role in a competitive title race with Dinamo Zagreb and Osijek, also helping secure a cup semi-final. . Consideration of a recall in January is unlikely.
Onel Hernandez – Middlesbrough
Seven starts in 15 league games for the Cuban winger and was denied a second Boro goal by an offside flag after playing for the final 16 minutes of a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday. Going to a 3-5-2 since Chris Wilder arrived last month doesn’t seem to be helping the delicate 28-year-old’s prospects. Under contract in Norwich until 2023.
Jordan Hugill – West Brom
Struggled to make an impact for the Baggies, starting seven of his 19 Championship appearances for the Promotion Hunters, with his only goal being a close range shot in a 3-0 home win over Bristol City in October . Valérien Ismael’s straightforward style seemed to suit the 29-year-old well, but received a lot of criticism from supporters. Under contract until 2023, after five goals in 34 appearances for City last season.
Sam McCallum – QPR
He remained on loan at Coventry for 18 months to continue playing regularly and the 21-year-old had started eight of QPR’s last 11 league games before needing hamstring surgery last month. Hopes to return in January and is under contract at City until 2024, having only made one League Cup appearance so far. Has mainly been used as a left-back by his loan clubs.
Danel Sinani – Town of Huddersfield
The Luxembourg international attacking midfielder scored his third league goal of the season for the Terriers on Saturday, returning from a positive Covid-19 test result to help secure a 3-2 victory at Bristol City. Joined with the option of a permanent contract, the 24-year-old under contract until 2023 who suffered relegation from the Belgian Premier League with loan club Waasland Beveren last season.
Dan Adshead – Gillingham
The Rochdale academy product had started 11 of his 15 Ligue 1 appearances and was bringing technical ability to the central midfielder of a struggling Gills side, but broke a bone in his foot at the end of the month last and underwent surgery. The length of the 20-year-old’s contract was not made public when he signed in 2019, spending last season as a regular Dutch Second Division player with Telstar. Previously, he won an England Under-19 cap alongside players including Bukayo Saka.
Gassan Ahadme – Portsmouth
Prolific during a preseason try but the Moroccan-born striker, 21, failed to reproduce the merchandise in competition. Started twice and came off the bench three times in League One, with his goal against Crystal Palace Under-21s in the EFL Trophy. Out of contract this summer.
Akin Famewo – Athletic Charlton
The 23-year-old center-back has been a regular holder as the Addicks climbed to the middle of the Ligue 1 table but missed out on the 1-0 loss at Plymouth on Saturday due to a positive Covid-19 test. Contracted until 2023 but joined for a permanent deal having only made a brief appearance for the Canaries, spending time on loan at St Mirren and Charlton before.
Archie Mair – Lincoln City
The 20-year-old goaltender has been an unused substitute for five games for the Imps since recovering from a wrist injury. Played for King’s Lynn in the National League last season and won two Scottish Under-21 caps this year.
Josh Martin – MK Donations
There were high hopes for the ex-Arsenal trainee after a brilliant spell in City’s first team last season, but the 20-year-old is yet to start a Ligue 1 game for Milton Keynes. The attacking midfielder’s only assist came in a 4-2 loss to Aston Villa’s Under-21s in the EFL Trophy. Under contract until 2023.
Tyrese Omotoye – Leyton Orient
Four senior appearances got the forward a contract until 2024, but the loan to Swindon proved frustrating as the Robins plunged to relegation from League One. A start and three late cameos for Orient as the 19-year-old has spent much of his time on the Ligue 2 bench, starting four EFL Trophy games. The Os were only able to name four substitutes for their 1-0 loss at Tranmere on Saturday due to a Covid-19 outbreak with Omotoye not in the squad.
Sebastian Soto – Porto B
The USA striker scored seven goals in 12 games in the Dutch second tier for Telstar in the first half of last season, but apparently failed to impress after joining City properly in January. The ex-Hanover striker, 21, was allowed to join Portuguese giants Porto on loan, with a view to a permanent deal, but only started two games with his B-team. Contract until 2023.
Daniel Barden – Livingston
The 20-year-old’s four appearances for City last season have earned him two Wales Under-21 caps and a Scottish Premiership loan this season – only for a testicular cancer diagnosis to be a priority in September . A League Cup appearance and 10 as an unused substitute have forced the imposing keeper to be patient, but the focus is entirely on dealing with his ill health before considering whether the loan can be resumed. Under contract until 2024, with the possibility of an additional year.
Reece McAlear – Inverness CT
Eventually became a regular holder in the Scottish Championship central midfielder, having initially played mainly in cup competitions. The 19-year-old former Motherwell trainee scored his first senior goal in a 6-1 victory at Morton earlier this month and has a promotion to pursue, with Caley Thistle currently behind leaders Arbroath at the goal difference. The Scotsman is reportedly without a contract this summer, but the length of his contract has not been publicly announced.
Matthew Dennis – Southend Utd
Only one start for the 19-year-old former Arsenal trainee but came off the bench on Saturday to score a 25-meter curling winner in the third round of the FA Trophy, taking a 2-1 victory over Dorking Wanderers, l southern team of the National League. I had a fight with former boss Phil Brown over an injury issue. The attacking midfielder was a regular at City’s U23s last season but is out of contract this summer.
Aston Oxborough – Barnet
Won the Southern National League title with Wealdstone in 2019-2020 but an Achilles tendon injury ruined last season, recovered in a lawsuit at League 2 club Salford City. He had to be patient at Barnet at first, but the Gorleston-born goalie has started the Bees’ last nine league games, helping to recover form taking them to mid-table. The 23-year academy product contract expires in the summer, unless the one-year option is enabled.
Sam Blair – Bury Town
The young keeper gets his first taste of loan action at step four of the non-league pyramid, with the 18-year-old starting regularly for the Suffolk side, who are in the middle of the Isthmian division table League One North. Blair, from Aylsham, has been an unused substitute and has trained regularly for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s throughout this year. Under contract until 2023.
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