In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
This week, we focus on three players across a variety of positions, from Loris Karius in goal through to Allan in midfield and Sheyi Ojo in the wide attacking areas.
The German goalkeeper is into the latter half of a two-year loan spell at Besiktas and has not had the easiest start to the new campaign.
The Istanbul-based side have lost their first two Europa League group games, with Karius conceding five goals in the process, and he was also beaten nine times in four Super Lig matches prior to last weekend in which Besiktas drew twice and lost twice. [via TransferMarkt]
However, both he and his team had an overdue good weekend as the 26-year-old kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Alanyaspor, a first for both player and club in six weeks, as Karius made three saves to thwart the opposition, who had twice as many shots as Besiktas.
Ojo wasn’t among the goals in a victory that sent the ‘Gers to the Premiership summit but, during his 74 minutes on the field, he had a first-half shot which narrowly missed the target, as per Sky Sports.
That has helped him and his team to get back on track after last week’s Europa League loss to Young Boys, in which Ojo managed only one successful dribble, was dispossessed once and had five incomplete passes out of 20 attempted. [via WhoScored]
The Brazilian midfielder has been on Liverpool’s books since 2015 but has never made a first-team appearance for the Reds, with his current spell at Fluminense in his homeland the sixth time he has been loaned out by his parent club.
The 22-year-old has been playing regularly for the Rio de Janeiro-based club, starting 18 league games and being ever-present for the last five. [via TransferMarkt]
In Sunday’s 1-0 win over Botafogo, his passing success rate of 93% was the highest of anyone who started the game, while he also had two shots and two successful dribbles, but he also picked up his seventh booking of the Serie A season having already been suspended twice.
It is pleasing to see all three loan players being involved in victories at the weekend, especially in the cases of Karius and Ojo in bouncing back immediately from midweek Europa League defeats.
Although the goalkeeper has had an indifferent start to the season, Ojo and Allan seem to be prospering during their respective loan spells, even if the latter’s disciplinary record is concerning.
All three would likely have a massive job on their hands trying to break into the Liverpool first-team frame upon their returns, but for now, they appear to be giving a good account of themselves while out on loan.
Liverpool fans, are you encouraged by the performances of Karius, Ojo and Allan out on loan? Do they have a future at Anfield? Comment below with your thoughts!
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