So April is finally here and with three back to back defeats for head coach Steven Gerrard for the first time since his arrival, it’s going to be a tight end to the season and having already admitted that if players don’t help to fix the issues we have, he’ll find players over the summer who will – that could mean a more prominent place or three for some of our impressive loanees.
So, time for an update.
31-year-old goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic had again returned to Hajduk Split for the season. He has 23 starting appearances to his name so far, with 12 clean sheets.
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 31 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, picked up his third in a 2-1 defeat of Port Vale and added his fourth against Tranmere at the weekend. As we hit April he’s now on six goals for the season.
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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 made three starting appearances, with a further four starts from the substitutes bench. Having been recalled in January, he headed back out to Hereford, making his debut in their defeat to Gateshead and he’s made 16 appearances in total so far.
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Promising right back Kaine Kesler Hayden headed out to Swindon Town for a spell in League Two. The 19-year-old talent had a lively time. 19 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, as well as putting in a fantastic showing against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Having been recalled after the City game, he headed back out to MK Dons and he made his debut for them against Fleetwood Town, scored his first goal in the victory over Charlton and now has seven starts and two substitute showings to his name.
Very highly rated youngster Louie Barry headed to League One side Ipswich Town for the campaign, and the 18-year-old made four starts, with two substitute showings. He was recalled in January and headed back out to Swindon Town, where he’s already made five starts and two substitute showings. He opened his account in their victory over Carlisle, and then added a brace against Walsall.
20-year-old Tyreik Wright headed to League Two Salford City as he looked to build on his experience last season with Walsall. The versatile attacker made eight starting appearances, with ten showings off the bench. He opened his goalscoring account in their game with Newport County at the end of August, but he was also recalled in January and headed back out to Colchester United where he’s already made four starts, with five substitute showings and he opened his club account in their draw with Carlisle.
Midfielder Arjan Raikhy headed to National League outfit Stockport County, and the 19-year-old made five starting appearances, with three 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 and headed back out to Grimsby Town. To date, he’s made five starting appearances with a further showing from the bench.
Wesley did continue his rehabilitation from Ben Mee’s horrific assault back at Club Brugge. He joined them until the end of the campaign, but only made one start and four substitute showings. Having been recalled, he headed back out to Internacional and he’s already made five starts with an additional four showings from the bench, and opened his club account for them.
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 15 starts and ten substitute appearances so far.
Freddy Guilbert headed back to French side Strasbourg for another season long loan and he’s made 23 starts with three substitute showings so far.
So, to the newbies who headed out and in no particular order.
20-year-old Jaden Philogene-Bidace headed to Stoke City and he’s already racked up five starts, four substitute showings and opened his club account in their victory over Swansea City.
Anwar El Ghazi headed to Goodison Park and Everton and so far he’s made two substitute appearances for them.
Cameron Archer penned a new deal and headed for Deepdale and Preston North End. The 20-year-old has made eleven starting appearances, with two showings from the bench, scoring five times.
Keinan Davis headed across the Midlands for a spell with Nottingham Forest. The 24-year-old has made 14 starts with two substitute showings, scoring twice and putting in a great performance against Leicester City in the FA Cup. He has now returned four goals in total.
The lesser known Chukwuemeka, 20-year-old Caleb, headed to Scottish Premiership side Livingston and so far he’s made one start, with six substitute showings.
Aaron Ramsey headed out for a spell with Cheltenham Town and so far he’s made eight starts, with three further showings from the bench.
Matt Targett made a swift exit to Newcastle United and he made his starting debut in their clash with Everton and now has eight appearances under his belt.
Goalkeeper Jed Steer also made a late switch out and his destination was Luton Town. He made his starting debut for them in their FA Cup victory over Cambridge – where he kept a clean sheet and he now has five appearances, keeping three clean sheets.
Fellow stopper Filip Marschall headed out to Gateshead, the youngster has already made 12 appearances for them.
As he looks to get himself back to full fitness, Trezeguet headed to Turkish side Basaksehir. He grabbed an assist on his debut, and now has five starts, with four goals to his name.
I believe that’s everyone.