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.
These three Manchester City loanees show both sides of the loan system spectrum, with one continuing their solid form, one quietly making a name for themselves, while another continues to struggle for a look-in.
Jack Harrison is becoming a regular member of this feature, and with his dazzling record continuing at Leeds United, it is easy to see why.
His upturn in form for the promotion-chasing Whites continued last weekend, scoring the eventual winner in their home game against Blackburn Rovers, which saw the Yorkshire side maintain their push for Premier League football.
Coming up against fellow City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo – who had gifted Leeds their opener by giving away a penalty – Harrison notched his second goal in as many weeks as his team kept in touch with the league leaders.
While Harrison is getting plenty out of his loan spell, the same could not be said for Daniel Arzani, who has not appeared for Celtic since entering the second year of his temporary deal with the Scottish champions in the summer.
Arzani has made just one appearance since the start of last year, getting injured during his one and only showing in October 2018, though he is yet to feature for the first team in this campaign having recovered in the off-season.
Although it may be wise to be eased back into action, Arzani may be nevertheless struggling for what would be valuable game time for many reasons.
One man looking to be making the most of his loan away in the Netherlands’ Eredivisie is Japanese defender Ko Itakura, who is at FC Groningen.
Signed by City for just under £1m from Japan’s Kawasaki Frontale in January, Itakura has been a mainstay of the Groningen defence which has been performing well of late, with the 22-year-old playing every minute so far as they stretched their unbeaten run in the league to five games with a win at Vitesse Arnhem.
Itakura has helped Groningen to win four of those matches and claim a place in the top half of the table.
With contrasting fortunes on show, while City can be happy with the progress that Harrison and Itakura are making, the future of Arzani may well be in the balance due to his lack of game time in Scotland.
The circumstances surrounding that may give City a tricky decision to make upon his return in June, though both Harrison and Itakura will almost certainly be vying for a place in the City squad next season if that is their long-term objective, having made an impact away from the Etihad Stadium since embarking on their loan spells.
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