Matty Longstaff is on Aberdeen’s 2022 schedule, but he won’t even be around by the time fans look to May for her action pic.
A former goalscorer for a famous winner against Manchester United, the midfielder arrived at Aberdeen this summer having already made a big impression at Newcastle United.
But he fell out of favor under Steve Bruce and was sent north of the border this summer to get some first-team football under his belt.
Ultimately, however, Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass had the same concerns as Bruce. After initially giving Longstaff a chance, he was recalled by new Magpies boss Eddie Howe earlier this week after losing his place on the squad.
Now he’s going to have the chance to impress Howe alongside his brother Sean – a full-fledged Kilmarnock alumnus – and rebuild his reputation as one of their most promising young talents.
You never know what you get with a signing, but loan deals can be particularly mixed and Longstaff is proof of that.
Players often come to Scotland with high expectations, but for some reason they are struggling to adjust to the pace and intensity of the SPFL.
We’ve seen belts over the years – James Maddison was an instant hero at Aberdeen, while Patrick Roberts tore things up for Celtic and Ryan Kent did enough to win a permanent £ 7million transfer to Rangers.
But for each of these successful deals, there are at least a few that didn’t go as planned.
Sport record have taken a look at some of the most forgettable and, in some cases, disastrous lending transactions over the years.
Jérôme Rothen – Rangers
It looked like a coup for Walter Smith’s Gers when the big man convinced him to come to Ibrox to revive his stuttering career at PSG.
However, it quickly became clear that this was not going to work as he looked like the shadow of the player who had won three top honors in France and even made it to a Champions League final.
He only managed seven starts before Smith lost patience with him and dramatic fallout left for Rangers trying to find a way out of the season-long loan deal earlier.
They did so successfully and just six months after the deal started, the winger returned to PSG before joining Ankaragucu on loan from Turkey.
Paul McCallum – Hearts
Faced with the administration struggling with a points deduction and under a transfer embargo, Hearts didn’t have much to smile about in 2013/14.
They thought they had a silver lining when they managed to loan West Ham forward Paul McCallum out until the end of the season.
But even playing on a squad of teenagers fighting for their lives, he managed to look way below par.
His selfless demeanor meant Hearts fans didn’t appreciate him and he is best known for missing a penalty kick in a shootout against Inverness in the League Cup semi-final.
His loan ended two games earlier and he left Hearts without scoring a goal.
Ross McCormack – Motherwell
A 13-time Scottish cap, Ross McCormack was in the midst of a career resurgence as the 2018/19 season unfolded.
Injuries had derailed his spell with Aston Villa, but he had rebuilt part of his reputation with a prolific loan stint in Australia.
So there was a sense of romance and expectation in the air when Motherwell brought it back to Fir Park in January.
But it wasn’t to be a happy homecoming. Away from the player who scored the goals for Leeds United and Fulham years earlier, McCormack barely had a chance to gain momentum before injury struck again.
A start and three under-appearances was all she wrote and he left the club with a free transfer this summer.
Kevin Mbabu – Rangers
Sometimes it’s just the right player at the wrong time.
There is no denying that Kevin Mbabu is a wonderful talent. He has since proven it by leaving Newcastle to launch a magnificent career in Switzerland and Germany and is currently widely regarded as one of the best full-backs in the Bundesliga.
There was no sign of this player when he joined Rangers on a brief loan in 2015, however. Literally there was no sign of it.
Mbabu hasn’t been on a match squad once in his six months at Ibrox with Mark Warburton unable to spot and bring out the player who would later storm mainland Europe.
Joel Pereira – Hearts
Despite his reputation among Hearts fans as the worst goalie to ever put on a pair of gloves, Joel Pereira managed to rack up 25 appearances for the Jambos.
He conceded nearly two goals per game and one for two shots he faced, racking up the league’s worst save percentage by far.
Daniel Stendel eventually gave him up, but that wasn’t enough to keep Hearts in place as they entered the Championship at the end of the shortened season.
Fans are still wondering how this guy managed to spend more than a decade on the books at Manchester United.
Either there is a player in there somewhere , or it’s a mystery that may never be solved.
Shane Duffy – Celtic
Another case of the right player at the wrong time, Shane Duffy must have been one of Scotland’s best defenders when he arrived on loan from Brighton.
But he was another player learning the hard lesson that Scottish football should not be taken lightly.
It didn’t help that he played for one of Celtic’s worst teams in years, but his form fell short of pace, and his dream move to his childhood club was marred by a number of performances. that raise eyebrows.
However, it should be noted that the great Irish defender was personally going through a difficult time at Parkhead.
And while his form since returning to Brighton is anything to consider, his doom at Glasgow was just a blow to an otherwise enviable career.