Loan Watch: Will Keane scores first senior goal; Ben Pearson extends loan spell

Will Keane

Manchester United’s loan stars were in action for their respective clubs this weekend. Will Keane was the only loan player to find the back of the net this weekend after scoring a penalty for his side, which was his first senior goal of his career. Hopefully that will be the start of it for the England U21 striker. Another promising player, Jesse Lingard made the move to Derby County on deadline day, but did not get off the bench in his sides 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Ben Pearson, another talented player on loan did extend his deal with Barnsley for a further month after scoring his first senior goal last weekend.

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

Tom Cleverley – Aston Villa

Tom Cleverley played 74 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League. It was the first goal Villa had scored in the league since Christian Benteke scored against Manchester United after 18 minutes back on the 29th December 2014. After the Villains 5-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal the previous weekend, it was assumed Chelsea would slaughter the side. Jones Okore equalised Eden Hazard’s goal, with Branislav Ivanović scoring the winner for the league leaders. Cleverley did not have the greatest of matches, making one shot which was blocked, 86% pass success, two crosses into the box, which did not reach their man, which just makes it look like the midfielder is a waste of talent, which he did once have.

Next Match: Hull City  – Barclays Premier League – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Joe Rothwell – Blackpool

Joe Rothwell played 45 minutes in the 4-0 defeat to Norwich City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, which was his debut appearance for the strugglers, who currently lie at the bottom of the league some nine points from safety. Rothwell replaced Mark Waddington at the start of the second half. The Manchester United midfielder had a shot saved in the 67th minute from close-range. He did not get himself on the scoresheet this weekend, which was unfortunate, he was booked for a bad foul three minutes into added time.

Next Match: Middlesbrough – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Ben Amos – Bolton Wanderers

Ben Amos was an unused substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Next Match: Fulham – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Saidy Janko – Bolton Wanderers

Saidy Janko was not involved in the 4-1 defeat to Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Next Match: Fulham – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Jesse Lingard – Derby County

Jesse Lingard was an unused substitute in the 4-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

Next Match: AFC Bournemouth  – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Will Keane – Sheffield Wednesday

Will Keane played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship. Keane scored his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday and his first senior goal of his career after converting the penalty awarded in the 75th minute of the match. The Manchester United striker played well up front got his goal and also looked a real threat and caused of a lot of problems.

Next Match: Ipswich Town – Sky Bet Championship – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19;45


Ben Pearson – Barnsley

Ben Pearson played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Swindon Town in the Sky Bet League One this weekend. The Manchester United midfielder has extended his loan spell with the South Yorkshire club until the 8th March today, which will be good for his development, especially after scoring his first senior goal against Port Vale last weekend. Pearson is a hot prospect in English football and his highly rated by his manager Danny Wilson. The fact he’s going to get another month, at least, of first team football will be good for his future.

Next Match: Fleetwood Town – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Sam Johnstone – Preston North End

Sam Johnstone played 90 minutes in the 1-0 victory over Coventry City at Deepdale this weekend. The Manchester United goalkeeper really did not have much to do during the match and with Coventry City only making two shots on target, with eight off target, a few saves were made. Johnstone just did not seem pressured by the Coventry attack, which was good for him as he kept a clean sheet, which was his first for Preston North End and his fifth of the season (previous four on loan with Doncaster Rovers).

Next Match: Chesterfield – Sky Bet League One – Tuesday 10th February 2015; KO 19:45

Javier Hernandez – Real Madrid

Javier Hernandez was a name substitute in the 4-0 defeat to Atlético Madrid this weekend. The Mexican striker replaced Karim Benzema in the 73rd minute with the visitors 3-0 down at the time. Chicharito really did not offer his side much in terms of clawing back their rivals lead. A fourth goal was scored in the last-minute of normal time, which was unfortunate for the away side, but it has opened up the league again, which is good to see. It does show that having many of the best players in the league does not make you the best team, which seems to be something Real Madrid do need to learn, in my opinion anyway.

Next Match: Deportivo la Coruña  – La Liga – Saturday 14th February 2015; KO 17:00

Guillermo Varela – Real Madrid II

Guillermo Varela played 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Athletic Club II this weekend. the Uruguayan right-back was yellow carded for the challenge in the 66th minute of the match. It was two own goals in between the two scored by Athletic Club that ensured Real Madrid the draw, which would suggest they were not deserving of them, but they would have been on the attack. Real Unión have leapfrogged Real Madrid II this weekend and hold their position by a single point.

Next Match: Amorebieta – Segunda B – Saturday 14th February 2015; KO 15:00

Nani – Sporting Lisbon

Nani played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Benfica this weekend, but was substituted in added time. The Manchester United winger, who may need to find another club in the summer after falling out of favour with the Old Trafford club. Sporting took the lead in the last three minutes of the match, but Benfica scored their equaliser inside injury time, which spoiled the home sides chances of earning all three points. Nani has been in good form at times for his former club, but recently that does not seem to be the case. Louis van Gaal has already cleared out some players that he does not feel offer him anything, and we could see many more leave the club in the summer, including Nani, despite the fact the player himself states he is still wanted at the club. We shall see.

Next Match: Belenenses – Primeira Liga – Saturday 14th February 2015; KO 20:15

Angelo Henriquez – Dinamo Zagreb

Angelo Henriquez played 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory over Locomotive Zagreb in the 1.HNL this weekend. The Manchester United striker was reportedly making his move permanent, which was expected to be confirmed during the January transfer window, but seems more like it will wait until the summer. Dynamo Zagreb had a clause in his loan deal to make it permanent for a fee of €1 million, which is what the manager has said was happening. The Chilean striker scored his sides second goal in the 66th minute in their local derby. Dynamo were denied a clean sheet after Jan Doležal scored a consolation goal in injury time.

Next Match: Istra 1961 – HR Nogometni Cup – Wednesday 11th February 2015; KO 16:00

Vanja Milinković-Savić – FK Vojvodina

Vanja Milinković-Savić was not in action this weekend due to his league currently having their winter break.

Next Match: OFK Beograd – Super Liga – Saturday 21st February 2015, KO 12:30

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