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.
Saturday was another difficult day for Tottenham Hotspur, as Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell to a 3-0 defeat away to Brighton & Hove Albion days after the 7-2 thumping dealt by Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Things were better for some of Spurs’ loan contingent, though, and here are three reports featuring goals, a busy afternoon and news on a rarely-seen youngster nearing a return from injury.
Jack Roles’ first experience of life away from North London continues to bode well for the 20-year-old, as he put on a Man of the Match-worthy display for Cambridge United on Saturday, when the League Two outfit held Macclesfield Town to a draw at the Abbey Stadium.
London-born, Cyprus youth international Roles had opened the scoring for the U’s in the 13th-minute for his second goal of the campaign, and would end the day with the most time in possession of any player for either side, with 7.9% and a game-high 83 touches, per data collected by WhoScored.
The Tottenham academy product also completed the most dribbles of any player as he beat an opponent with each of his five attempts, as well as playing three key balls among 40 accurate passes, delivered four corners, won each of his three aerial duels and penned two successful tackles.
After featuring in four defeats and a draw for loan side Stoke City, things were finally on the up for Cameron Carter-Vickers and the Potters at the weekend, as Nathan Jones’ bet365 Stadium natives recorded their first win of the league campaign in a 2-1 triumph away to promotion-chasing Swansea City.
The result was not enough to move Stoke off the bottom of the Championship table, as the Staffordshire outfit had only recorded two draws in their opening ten fixtures, but meant the Potters were no longer the only side still chasing their first mark in the win column.
It was a busy afternoon for 8-cap USA international Carter-Vickers as Stoke achieved their first win, as the 21-year-old took 58 touches, completed 38 of 44 passes, and won five of six aerial duels, along with seven clearances and one interception (WhoScored).
Luke Amos’ loan spell with Queens Park Rangers began promisingly with the 22-year-old starting against Stoke, Huddersfield Town, Bristol City and Swansea, but the Spurs youngster has not been seen since facing the Welsh side after sustaining a hamstring injury in the R’s 3-1 defeat.
Amos had missed much of last season with a knee issue, but QPR boss Mark Warburton is confident the midfielder will be back available for selection after the international break (West London Sport).
QPR travel to Hull City on October 19 looking to record consecutive victories after beating Blackburn Rovers 4-2 at the weekend, which was the eighth fixture Amos has been forced to miss across all competitions.
News from Loftus Road on Amos’ injury will be sure to go down well with those back in North London, as Spurs will be keen to see their young midfielder play regular minutes after his issues last season.
Tottenham chiefs will also be buoyed by Carter-Vickers’ busy and successful afternoon against Swansea, as the Welsh outfit had been progressing well for much of the campaign as they look to cause a surprise and challenge for promotion.
Roles’ efforts for Cambridge will have been received even more positively, though, as the 20-year-old was instrumental in his temporary side taking a point against Macclesfield with his Man of the Match-worthy display.
Tottenham fans, with the uncertainty over Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen’s futures, can Carter-Vickers be a part of the next regeneration? Let us know in the comments below…
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