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.
Ben Heneghan – Blackpool
It was a good week for central defender Ben Heneghan, who scored his first goal for Blackpool in a 1-1 draw away at Wycombe Wanderers in League One (via WhoScored).
The 26-year-old equalised for the Tangerines after the Chairboys had taken the lead, and aside from his goal he also won nine aerial duels, blocked two shots and made one interception in the match which earned him a WhoScored rating of 7.61.
Mark Duffy – Stoke City
It has not been a happy loan spell at Stoke City for Mark Duffy so far. Indeed the attacking-midfielder has struggled for appearances at the bet365 Stadium, and prior to their recent game against Sheffield Wednesday, he had only played 90 minutes of Championship football (via Transfermarkt).
However, he did manage to get some minutes under his belt against the Owls in midweek. He came on in the 21st minute at Hillsborough replacing Peter Etebo, but he couldn’t prevent his team losing the game 1-0 (via BBC Sport).
It has been some fall from grace for Duffy, who was a key player in Sheffield United’s promotion last season with six goals and seven assists in 36 appearances (Transfermarkt).
Rhys Norrington-Davies – Rochdale
Rhys Norrington-Davies had an excellent game for Rochdale as they secured victory against MK Dons in midweek.
The young 20-year-old helped the League One outfit to a clean sheet as they won 2-0, whilst also making six clearances, two key passes, two interceptions and two tackles in the game, earning him a WhoScored rating of 7.72.
It has been a productive spell at Spotland so far for the 20-year-old, who has now started in 12 of Rochdale’s 14 matches in the league (via Transfermarkt).
Overall it was a positive week for these Sheffield United loanees, but particularly for Norrington-Davies. The youngster is probably the only one of the trio who could still have a future at Bramall Lane given his age, and another impressive performance will have the staff at his parent club sitting up and taking note.
Heneghan continues to be a regular for Blackpool and he will be delighted to have his first goal for the club, whilst Duffy will be happy to finally get some significant game time after a tough start to life at Stoke City despite his wider fall from grace.
Sheffield United fans, do you think that any of these players have a future at Bramall Lane? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
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