Loan Watch: Saidy Janko continues his progress in the Championship

Saidy Janko

Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this week. There were no goals scored by the loan players in the midweek matches, but there were some decent performances with Will Keane, Jesse Lingard, Saidy Janko and Ben Pearson looking good. Not to mention the goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Ben Amos, both of who could not keep a clean sheet, but did well at times in their matches.

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

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 77 minutes in the 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League on Tuesday evening. It was Villa’s first victory in the league under new manager Tim Sherwood and a local derby victory to boot. The Villains face West Brom against this weekend in the FA Cup, so a double-header of victories will be on the cards for them now. Cleverley had regressed this season after a good start for Villa but has found himself back in the starting eleven under Sherwood. He had one shot on goal in the 19th minute of the match, which was off target, also having a 79% pass success rate, which is not great, but also not bad. Cleverley played on the right of a midfield diamond, but he did not really offer much. He is out of contract with Manchester United in the summer and I doubt he will be able to rejuvenate his career with the Red Devils. Villa or Everton are the reported clubs in for him this summer, but with him being a free agent, many more may look to recruit the midfield, especially clubs being promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

Next Match: West Bromwich Albion  – FA Cup – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 17:30

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell was not involved in the 0-0 defeat/victory over/by Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday evening. Presumably because he played for Manchester United’s U21 side against Bolton Wanderers in the Manchester Senior Cup on Monday evening.

Next Match: Sheffield Wednesday – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Reading in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United goalkeeper had his loan deal extended for another month earlier in the week and he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet with Reading scoring in the last-minute of the match. Amos did make one save in the 22nd minute of the match, and was not really called upon for large spells. I don’t think Amos has a future at United after this season, especially with Vanja Milinković-Savić returning to the club in the summer.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Wednesday 11th March 2015; KO 19:45

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Reading in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. Starting in a right=wing position, Janko has three shots on goal during the match; two were saved (56′ and 59′) and the third in the 75th minute was off target. The fact that Janko has adapted from U21 level football to playing in the second tier of English football suggests that he could be a wild card for a first team position at United next season, or perhaps a season on loan with a Barclays Premier League club could give him that change to gain confidence in the top flight of English football. His debut was great scoring and assisting, but he’s not yet reached that level again, but I am sure he will. Bolton are ten points clear of the relegation zone this season with eleven matched remaining, so another couple of wins should see them to safety, but that is all they can achieve currently twenty points off a play-off place.

Next Match: Blackburn Rovers – Sky Bet Championship – Wednesday 11th March 2015; KO 19:45

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard played 18 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United midfielder has a shot on goal within three minutes of replacing Jamie Ward in what was a disastrous defeat for Derby. Middlesbrough are now the league leaders and with fours points between second and sixth, Derby’s advantage seems to be somewhat cut leaving them with more to do in order to achieve automatic promotion this season. Lingard is doing well on loan, but this weekend’s fixture with Birmingham City is now a must win match.

Next Match: Birmingham City – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 15:00

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday evening. The Manchester United striker had three shots on goal through the match; one was saved, one was blocked and the other was off target. Keane scored a goal at the weekend and I had hoped that it would start something for the striker, who should be full of confidence after scoring twice this season, once from the penalty spot. Keane maintained 84% pass success and created three chances for his team-mates at three stages in the match. Sheffield Wednesday are not likely to force themselves into the play-off places, but they will be safe in the Championship this season.

Next Match: Blackpool – Sky Bet Championship – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 15:00

Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Coventry City in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. The Manchester United midfielder played well in the victory for his side and even had a chance on goal with a left footed shot from outside the box, which was saved by Coventry goalkeeper Lee Burge. Pearson’s current deal ends on the 8th March, which gives him one more match, but I expect his loan deal to be extended, unless he wants to go back to playing U21 football at Manchester United.

Next Match: Walsall – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 15:00

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw against Doncaster Rovers in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday evening. Johnstone faced his former loan club for the first time, having kept a clean sheet for the last five matches that he had played in (missed the FA Cup fifth round with Manchester United). Johnstone did well in the match despite conceding twice and his side were 2-1 down until a last-minute goal scored by Jermaine Beckford settled the draw. Preston remain in second place in League One with Doncaster Rovers currently sixth. Automatic promotion is still possible for Preston, but they will need to beat third placed MK Dons this weekend, who are a point behind them.

Next Match: Milton Keynes Dons – Sky Bet League One – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 15:00

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez was not involved in the 3-0 (4-0 aggregate) victory over Istra 1961 in the HR Nogometni Cup on Tuesday evening.

Next Match: Zagreb – 1.HNL – Saturday 7th March 2015; KO 14:00

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