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 while they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
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While Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton with 10 men on Saturday to move within a point of the top four places, Spurs’ loan contingent were in action around the country to mixed results.
One saw his name included in a matchday squad for the first time since early August, another featured heavily in a narrow defeat, and one was involved in an action-packed six-goal thriller.
Having helped loan side Stoke City keep Brentford to a 0-0 draw at Griffin Park the week before, Cameron Carter-Vickers retained his starting spot in Nathan Jones’ starting line-up as the Potters welcomed Nottingham Forest to the bet365 Stadium on Friday looking to pick up their first win of the season.
However, Stoke’s winless run continued against Forest, as the Potters slipped to their seventh defeat of the Championship campaign to remain rooted to the bottom of the table after a narrow defeat at home.
Carter-Vickers was busy throughout the game as Forest emerged 3-2 victors on Friday night, with the 21-year-old American recording 73 touches, attempting (67) and completing (60) more passes than any of his teammates, while also attempting (two) and winning possession (two) with more tackles than centre-back partner Bruno Martins Indi, per WhoScored data.
Stoke next go in search of their first win of the term against fellow bottom three side Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night, with the Terriers the only other second tier outfit yet to secure three points.
George Marsh’s run in the Leyton Orient starting line-up continued at the weekend as Ross Embleton’s side hosted Port Vale at Brisbane Road and played out a six-goal thriller in League Two.
Orient had opened the scoring in the fourth minute, only to fall behind after two goals in five minutes saw John Askey’s visitors move into a lead they would hold until the 59th minute. Conor Wilkinson’s third of the season would keep the O’s level until the 85th minute when Jake Taylor restored Vale’s lead, but the scoring did not stop there as Josh Wright struck in the 92nd minute to secure his brace and ensure a share of the spoils.
While Marsh did not score or assist, the 20-year-old spent the second-most time in possession of any outfield Orient player on Saturday, with 36 accurate passes from 51 attempts. The young midfielder also won possession with each of his three attempted tackles, recorded one interception and won three of four aerial duels, as per WhoScored data.
For the fourth game running, though, Marsh saw his efforts catch the referee’s attention, as Scott Oldham saw fit to issue the Spurs product a yellow card in the 84th minute, meaning the Pembury-born youngster is now one booking away from suspension.
Jack Clarke’s return to childhood side Leeds United on loan has not been beneficial for the 18-year-old, as he saw his name omitted from Marcelo Bielsa’s teamsheets for six of the Whites’ opening Championship fixtures. However, a new matchday brought a change in the squad to face Charlton Athletic with Pablo Hernandez out injured, and the Spurs man was back in the fold to face the Addicks.
Helder Costa started in place of Hernandez, with Clarke named among the subs for the first time in the second-tier since August 10, but he once again failed to earn his first minutes of the term as Leeds lost 1-0 at the Valley.
Spurs’ £10m youngster (BBC) is expected to retain his place in the 18-man squad to face West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night despite an underwhelming performance for Leeds’ under-23s on Monday (Football Insider), though, as Hernandez is once again ruled out through injury.
Clarke featured exclusively in the first-half for United’s under-23s on Monday against Crewe Alexandra, but Leeds Live noted that nothing he attempted in the final third was successful.
Clarke moving back closer to the first team fold at Leeds will be of relief to Tottenham chiefs, as they will be keen to see their investment not spend six months without any senior game time.
Failing to impress in youth football will not boost the youngster’s case for minutes in Leeds’ senior fold, though, and he will likely once again be left watching on purely as cover for further injuries.
As for Carter-Vickers and Marsh, both players enjoying busy games show how well they are settling in to their new surroundings, and will both be looking to have a positive impact next time out, having failed to take three points the last time either stepped onto the field.
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