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.
Here is an update from Manchester City’s raft of loanees, with the continuing form of Jack Harrison proving hard to ignore once again. Elsewhere, a pair of on-loan City youngsters are making plenty of progress in top-flight spells abroad.
Jack Harrison just cannot stop producing for Leeds United at the moment, with the 23-year-old coming up with another match-winner in the Whites’ 1-0 victory over Reading, which sent them to the top of the Championship table.
It further enhances the winger’s input to Leeds’ cause this season, with his 87th-minute header his third goal in four games.
After a fruitless afternoon on the right flank for Marcelo Bielsa’s side last weekend, Harrison was back on the left doing what he does best as his purple patch continues.
City Under-23 forward Lukas Nmecha has been fighting for minutes at German Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, with the youngster receiving a run of top-flight action before the international break.
While he was left out of the side’s weekend win over Frankfurt, Nmecha had appeared in the four league matches prior to that – earning his first start in their defeat to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.
He has also been a substitute in each of their first four Europa League games, though he is yet to score for the club.
Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera has been making quite the impression on loan at La Liga surprise package Granada, with the 21-year-old a regular feature of the side that briefly topped the league standings earlier this season.
Herrera, signed from Atletico Venezuela in 2017, has started nine of Granada’s 14 matches so far, while he has picked up a knack for collecting yellow cards – already serving a suspension (and getting booked since his return).
However, he was not involved as his side held Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the weekend – but the youngster has certainly made his presence felt in the Spanish top flight.
Jack Harrison’s form is doing no harm to his future prospects after the winger bagged once again for Leeds, while although striker Lukas Nmecha is yet to find the net for Wolfsburg, he is surely better off in Germany earning top-flight experience he may not have got at City.
Meanwhile, Yangel Herrera’s performances for Granada may give Pep Guardiola something to think about with Fernandinho not getting any younger, with his early showings in Spain suggesting a midfield brutality that could yet benefit a stretched City squad in the future.
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