In our Manchester City Loan Watch feature, the Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from the club are doing whilst they are away from their home and provide a brief update regarding their progress.
Patrick Roberts signed on loan for Norwich from Manchester City at the end of May, his third loan spell away from his parent club, but had to wait until last weekend to finally make a Premier League appearance for the Canaries.
Even that was nothing more than a token gesture, with the 22-year-old winger only coming on for Todd Cantwell in stoppage time as Norwich fell to a 2-0 defeat at Burnley. [via Sky Sports]
Goalkeeper Aro Muric was loaned out to Nottingham Forest for the season in July but has been starved of game-time over the last month.
Having started the first four Championship games of 2019/20 under Sabri Lamouchi, he has now gone four league games in a row without featuring after sitting out Saturday’s win over Barnsley. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
With Brice Samba taking his place in the team and keeping a second successive clean sheet as Forest made it three wins from four with him in goal, Muric doesn’t look like getting back in the side any time soon.
Dutch centre-back Philippe Sandler joined Anderlecht on loan from Manchester City in July, teaming up with Etihad Stadium legend Vincent Kompany at the Belgian club.
He played the full 90 minutes in his team’s 2-1 loss at Club Brugge this weekend, being booked for the second game in succession as Anderlecht fell to a second-straight loss, leaving them fourth bottom of the Jupiler Pro League.
The 22-year-old has at least been playing regularly in Brussels, having now started seven matches in a row, but Anderlecht have shipped nine goals in their last five matches with Sandler in the team. [via TransferMarkt.co.uk]
Roberts probably deserves more of a chance at Norwich – he impressed some observers in his only start for the club, while the Canaries had just 10 crosses from wide areas compared to Burnley’s 36 at the weekend, so it might be worth Farke’s while throwing him in to prove his worth.
Muric conceded four goals in his four league games at Nottingham Forest, who have let in only two goals since Samba took his place in the team, so the on-loan Manchester City man looks set to remain on the bench.
Sandler might have had a look-in at the first team at the Etihad if he had stayed, given the sparsity of centre-back options after injuries to John Stones and Aymeric Laporte, but for now he just needs to try and help Anderlecht tighten up at the back and use that as a springboard for getting into Pep Guardiola’s plans next term.
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