Out and All A-Loan: A Look at Liverpool's Loanees

Michael Steele

In the 2nd of a bi-weekly article to go along with Transfer Thursday, I look at Liverpool's loaned players' progress and discuss whether they would be a good fit for next season.

As the season concludes, there is an eye given to players that are still tied to the club, but on loan. Especially the likes of Andy Carroll and Daniel Pacheco. However, there are also Micheal Ngoo, Danny Wilson, Jack Robinson, and Jay Spearing plying their trade elsewhere, for the sake of experience and 1st team football.

Daniel Pacheco

Daniel Pacheco is on loan to Spanish 2nd division side SD Huesca (Which is also where ex-Liverpool midfielder Antonio Nunez is, for those who sit and wonder where old players are, like I do). Danny seems to be enjoying his time in his home country, and scored in his last game against U.D. Almeria, a side who seem to yo-yo between the Premiera and Segunda divisions in Spain. He has played 9 times, scoring 2 goals, his first coming on his debut for Huesca, against Real Merucia in a 2-0 win. Huesca are currently in danger of going down to Spain's 3rd division, in 21st. It is unkown if Danny will be able to break into the first team, but he has a cult following of Kopites who are waiting to see him back in a red shirt, and hopefully in the 1st team.

Jay Spearing

Brendan Rodgers has gone on record saying that Jay Spearing has "The soul of the club in his heart" and so the Liverpool-born midfielder's move to Bolton seems more for him to be more for experience than anything else. It seems he's well liked by the higher-ups at Melwood, with Kenny and Brendan both saying he has loads of potential. However, most of his appearances for the club have been to deputize for Lucas during his recent injury problems, which last season led to him making 25 appearances for us in the middle of midfield. However, many people had said during that time that Spearo's touch was lacking, and his height difference was being used against him. This season at Bolton, however, he seems to be doing well at the Reebok stadium notching up 37 overall appearances and scoring 2 goals. He may be up against his fellow Liverpool loanee Jack Robinson in Bolton's next match against Wolves. It is yet to be determined, as with Pacheco, whether he has a future with us or not with there seeming to be a lot of other midfielders in the side; especially with the growing potential of the likes of Hendo, Shelvey, and Allen. However, his potential doesn't go amiss with fans who regret in saying that he may not have a future at Liverpool, but may well have a future at a team such as Fulham, Stoke, or Wigan.

Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson is a player with a lot of potential and with Enrique being our only left back, seems like the ideal back-up for him. He's at Wolves right now, but seemingly only to gain experience as Brendan has said he looks like he has a bright future with us. After recently being in the news for telling acting-captain Luis Suarez to "F off" as he called for a pass, it is apparent that that experience is something he needs going forward. Jack has played in 6 Wolves matches since his January move, all of those coming in the league, having most recently completed 100 minutes in a 3-2 win over Birmingham City. Prior to his move, he appeared 4 times for Liverpool's first team, those being the most he's ever gotten. With Brendan's continued use of young lads, it doesn't seem that long maybe until Robbo can get in the side. My wanted future back 4 are Robinson, Wisdom, Kelly and Flanagan, so I'm hoping that comes to pass.

The Hearts Duo (Wilson and Ngoo)

Danny Wilson has enjoyed his time in his home country of Scotland, notching up 11 Appearances since his January move on a 6 month loan deal, including a Scottish League Cup final appearance, (which Hearts lost 4-1) at both Center Back and Left Back. He's glad to be back home, and one wonders if he has a future on Merseyside. A lot of people hope so, including his manager who has said that he has an excellent work ethic and a great attitude. Maybe if Flanagan doesn't work out or we can't find a real replacement for an out of form and favor Skrtel, and with Carragher retiring, he might get a better chance in a red shirt.

Micheal Ngoo has also enjoyed his time, notching up 12 appearances, and scoring 3 goals. As with Robinson, it looks as if the loan has been more for experience than anything else, as the lad is only young. He's known for ability in the air as well as his first touch and was playing well in LFC's reserves before his loan to Scotland. Many people believe it's because of this that he might have a bright future at the club.

Andy Carroll

As I said in my first article, Carroll's situation has become a bit of an enigma with his injuries, then it seemed like he had a place in the side; now he's at West Ham and one wonders if he'll ever wear a red shirt again. He's played 15 times for the Hammers this season, scoring 5 goals, which is decent, considering he spent a good 3 months hurt. Recently, Sam Allardyce has said he would do anything and everything to keep him. However, Brendan has reportedly offered him a way back to Liverpool as a squad player. I don't see Carroll wanting to be a squad player, to be honest though. But, he has said on a couple of occasions that he does love life in Liverpool. It just seems to me that Andy may not have the easiest time getting in the squad depending on if Suarez and Sturridge continue to be such a good partnership and maybe even on the future of Stewart Downing, as he looks to be a central crosser of the ball. If Carroll doesn't get the service he requires, he won't be as good a player, as we saw in the first part of last season.

Next Week will be Transfer Thursday, we'll be taking a look at paper talk, and discuss some more players who could be on their way out.

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