Sheffield United Loan Watch: FA Cup win for Heneghan, mixed fortunes for Eastwood & Smith’s goalless streak continues

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

Ben Heneghan continues to be a regular for Blackpool, and played 90 minutes for the Tangerines in their FA Cup first-round victory against Morecambe last weekend (Transfermarkt).

The former Motherwell man has become a key player at Bloomfield Road, and his latest appearance was the 11th time he has started for them this term in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

Whilst he and his team didn’t manage to keep a clean sheet, they did win the game 4-1 thanks to goals from Nathan Delfouneso, Armand Gnanduillet, Matty Virtue and Sulley Kaikai (BBC Sport).

Jake Eastwood

It was a mixed week for Jake Eastwood, who made two appearances for temporary club Scunthorpe United.

Last weekend the 23-year-old goalkeeper played 90 minutes against Crawley Town in an FA Cup first-round tie, but he shipped four goals as the Iron were beaten 4-1 at the People’s Pension Stadium (Transfermarkt).

However, he was also between the sticks as the Lincolnshire outfit faced League One opposition in Sunderland in the EFL Trophy. This was a much better outing for Eastwood, who managed to keep a clean sheet in a 3-0 win for Paul Hurst’s side (Transfermarkt).

Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith managed to play 56 minutes in Bristol Rovers’ 1-1 draw against National League side Bromley in the FA Cup on Saturday (Transfermarkt).

The 20-year-old didn’t manage to score in the game, meaning that he has now failed to register a goal in his last nine appearances in all competitions, a run dating back to September (Transfermarkt).

The Gas also played in midweek, taking on Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy. However, Smith didn’t manage to play any minutes in this fixture and was an unused substitute (bristolrovers.co.uk).

Overall it has been a mixed week for this trio of Sheffield United loanees, but the one positive is that all three have managed to get minutes on the pitch.

Heneghan continues to impress at Blackpool and looks to be really rooting himself as a first-team regular at Bloomfield Road, whilst back-to-back starts for Eastwood this week and a clean sheet will certainly be good for his confidence.

It is becoming a bit of a torrid time in front of goal for Smith, who needs a goal soon to end his long drought. He will hope that it comes in their FA Cup first-round replay against Bromley on Tuesday, as they don’t have a league fixture this weekend.

Sheffield United fans, do you see a future for any of these three players at Bramall Lane? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

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Sheffield United Loan Watch: FA Cup win for Heneghan, mixed fortunes for Eastwood & Smith’s goalless streak continues
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