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 look at three players on loan from Liverpool, each playing in the top flight in a different country, with one man in fine form domestically and two others hoping to rediscover their scoring touch.
Sheyi Ojo had to settle for a place on the bench in both of Rangers’ matches in the last week, being brought on in the Europa League visit to Porto and the Premiership win over Motherwell.
The 22-year-old winger featured for just six minutes at the Estadio Dragao on Thursday but had 25 minutes off the bench against The Well, in which the Evening Times’ Christopher Jack noted that he “tried his best to get involved and had a couple of bursts forward”.
It was a mixed week for Loris Karius at Besiktas, who suffered another Europa League defeat in midweek but enjoyed an Istanbul derby triumph yesterday.
The 26-year-old played in both games, making four saves but being beaten twice in the 1-2 defeat at home to Braga on Thursday before keeping a clean sheet in Sunday’s 1-0 win over city rivals Galatasaray, a match in which he recorded three saves.
That was Karius’ 11th appearance in a row for the Turkish club and his third consecutive clean sheet in the league. [via TransferMarkt]
After scoring in both of his first two Premier League games for Bournemouth, Harry Wilson has managed just one in his subsequent seven appearances. [via TransferMarkt]
The 22-year-old wasn’t in the Cherries’ starting line-up for their 0-0 draw at Watford on Saturday, the third consecutive match in which they have failed to score.
Wilson had 29 minutes as a substitute at Vicarage Road and was unlucky not to break his and his team’s scoreless streak, hitting the woodwork with a free kick in the closing stages. [via BBC]
For both Ojo and Wilson, their initial impact in their respective loan spells at Rangers and Bournemouth was encouraging, but the goals have dried up for both wingers of late and they now appear to be battling for their places in the starting line-up.
At least Karius is a fixture in the Besiktas team and a third consecutive clean sheet, coming in an Istanbul derby, should offer plenty of encouragement to the much-maligned goalkeeper.
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