Loan Watch: Jesse Lingard scores his debut goal for Derby County

Jesse Lingard

Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this week. Jesse Lingard scored his debut goal for Derby County in his fourth appearance for the club, which was his second start. Sam Johnstone kept his fourth consecutive clean sheet on Tuesday evening showing his class against Walsall, a team he spent time on loan with in the last few years. Joe Rothwell was unfortunate to play in another deafen for Blackpool, but he will be gaining experience which will help him during his career, so it is not all a loss for the player.

Here is how I feel the loan players fared this week:

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell played the full 90 minutes in the 4-0 defeat to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. Blackpool are in dire straits at the bottom of the table twelve points from safety, which at this stage of the season is tough for them to come back from, especially with the likes of Derby County, AFC Bournemouth, not to mention the clash with Wigan Athletic this weekend, which could put six points between the two teams, who are in the bottom two of the table, should Blackpool lose again. Rothwell will take something from his loan spell though, he’s playing first team competitive football, which will give him something to take back to United in the summer.

Next Match: Wigan Athletic – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. Initially Amos was loaned to Bolton on a one month deal as Adam Bogdan was ruled out for six weeks through injury. The United goalkeeper made his debut at the weekend after Andy Lonergan was injured conceding the penalty which was given before Amos came on the pitch, then conceding another goal three minutes later. To play again and concede again is unfortunate, but it is not just down to Amos, Bolton’s defence needs to take some blame themselves. It is clear that Amos is not needed at United, especially with the arrival of Vanja Milinković-Savić in the summer, which will see the player leave the club on a free.

Next Match: Brighton & Hove Albion – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko played 83 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The Swiss youth international had a great debut a few weeks ago, scoring and assisting which showed exactly what the player can do, but recently he is not hitting the headlines by doing the same thing, but he is performing just how many would expect. Janice had one shot on goal, which was saved five minutes from half time. Janice also created a chance with a key pass in the 25th minute of the match, but it came to nothing. No doubt Janko need to improve, which is why he has been sent on loan, but he could feel be a first team player in the next season or two, he’s certainly impressing so far.

Next Match: Brighton & Hove Albion – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard played 69 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. Lingard has assisted twice for the Rams, but his first goal for the club came 17 minutes into the match with a through ball by Jeff Hendrick allowing Lingard through to beat the keeper and secure the win for his side, keeping them at the top of the league two points clear of Middlesbrough. Lingard is building his confidence again, he started for United on the opening day of the season, but injured his knee in the first half of the match and sat on the sidelines through injury until he was named on the bench in the FA Cup victory over Yeovil Town. Playing for the U21’s side after that, and being loaned out for the remainder of the season during the winter transfer window. Lingard extended his contract at United, so I expect him to get his chance at some point next season, especially if he keeps on

Next Match: Fulham – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 80 minutes in the 3-1 victory over Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United striker had two shots on goal with one being saved and seconds later he was off target, which was a shame. Keane has proven that he is not goal shy and has six goals to his name playing for the United U21 side this season, he’s also scored a penalty whilst on loan, which was his first senior goal – something that could give him more confidence. Keane’s passing is good, he had 95% pass success against Millwall. I think we will hear more from Keane in the future, but whether he’s a Manchester United player after the summer remains to be seen.

Next Match: Middlesbrough – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Scunthorpe United in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United midfielder played well in the match, helping his side earn all three points, which saw them climb to sixteenth place, rising above their local rivals. Pearson was booked for time-wasting in the 74th minute of the match. His loan spell was extended until the 8th March, which gives him another three matches, and there is a chance he will extent his loan spell once again. Pearson is a hopeful for the future, he certainly is adapting to competitive football in League One, may not be a first team player for United in the next season or so, but if he is loaned to a Championship club next season, and he steps up his game, he could make the first team in a year or two.

Next Match: Gillingham – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Walsall in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United goalkeeper kept his fourth consecutive clean sheet against the Birmingham club, which saw Preston North End rise to fourth in the league, just three points behind second placed MK Dons, but remain eight points behind leaders Bristol City. Johnstone is a decent keeper and I was glad to see him not leave permanently in the January transfer window. With the David De Gea contract renewal still not being secure, Johnstone could be Víctor Valdés’ number two next season, should the Spaniard leave in the summer, which is of course a possibility.

Next Match: Oldham Athletic – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 28th February 2015; KO 15:00

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