With Christmas and the New Year celebrations now out of the way, it can only mean one thing – the January transfer window has slammed open and we look forward to an endless month of invention, hype, nonsense and BS as the media search for clicks. For Aston Villa fans, it’ll be no different for us as following Steven Gerrard’s arrival we can expect an uptick in Rangers and Liverpool speculation, along with rumours linking us to anyone Gerrard may have once seen play or heard of.
A new month also means a loan recap – so here it is.
So far in January, we can add Keinan Davis to the list as he’s headed out to Nottingham Forest for what we all hope will be a cracking spell to get him properly up and running after all his injuries, and finally find out if he can improve his goal return.
31-year-old goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic again returned to Hajduk Split for the season. He has 17 starting appearances to his name so far, with six clean sheets.
Fellow goalkeeper, and highly rated youngster, Akos Onodi headed out to Bromsgrove Sporting who ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division Central. The loan is described as ‘long’ – whatever that might mean. The 20-year-old stopper has made 18 starting appearances so far across all competitions.
Midfielder Finn Azaz was actually a summer capture from West Bromwich Albion, and he immediately headed out to League Two side Newport County for the year. The 21-year-old has made 13 starting appearances so far, with another eight showings from the bench. He opened his goalscoring account in September’s clash with Barrow, added a second in October’s 5-0 victory over Stevenage and picked up his third in a 2-1 defeat of Port Vale.
Versatile defender Seb Revan headed out for his first taste of life on loan and joined Grimsby Town for the remainder of the campaign. The 18-year-old made his starting debut for them at the end of August in a scoreless draw with Stockport County and he now boasts three starting appearances and four substitute showings to his name.
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Promising right back Kaine Kessler Hayden headed out to Swindon Town for a spell in League Two. The 19-year-old talent has had a lively time of it so far. 18 starting appearances, two substitute showings, three yellow cards, a red card, he won a penalty on his debut and opened his goalscoring account in December’s victory over Walsall.
Very highly rated youngster Louie Barry headed to League One side Ipswich Town for the campaign, and the 18-year-old has made four starts so far, with two substitute showings. He was recalled in January.
18-year-old striker Brad Young made the switch to League Two side Carlisle United and he boasts ten starts, and nine substitute appearances so far. He opened his goalscoring account for them in the EFL Trophy with a brace against Everton’s Under 21 side, and he’s since added a third to his tally. He was recalled in January.
Next out was Tyreik Wright, with the 20-year-old heading to League Two Salford City as he looks to build on his experience last season with Walsall. The versatile attacker has so far made seven starting appearances, with nine showings off the bench. He opened his goalscoring account in their game with Newport County at the end of August.
Midfielder Arjan Raikhy headed to National League outfit Stockport County, and the 19-year-old now has five starting appearances, with two substitute showings to his name. He was very impressive in their FA Cup clash with Bolton which Aunty Beeb screened back on November. He was recalled in January.
Wesley will continue his rehabilitation from Ben Mee’s horrific assault back at Club Brugge. He’s with them until the end of the 2021/22 campaign and he now has one start and three substitute appearances to his name.
Conor Hourihane also left on loan again, this time for Bramall Lane and Sheffield United. He’s with them until the end of the campaign wherein his contract will come to a natural end. He’s made five starts and seven substitute appearances so far.
Deadline day saw another three departures.
Versatile 20-year-old defender Mungo Bridge headed out to French Championnat National side FC Annercy, and he’s now made two substitute appearances for them.
Freddy Guilbert headed back to French side Strasbourg for another season long loan and he’s made 13 starts with one substitute showing so far.
Finally, 21-year-old Dominic Revan made the switch out to League Two side Northampton Town as he looked to build on his experience last season with Weymouth and he’s only with them until January at this point. So far, he’s made four starts, with two substitute appearances. He was recalled in January.
And that’s your lot for now – but we can expect some further movement this month.