Young loan forwards creating an impression
In the last week two of our strikers have gone out on loan to clubs in League One, Chris Long to Fleetwood Town and Dan Agyei, just yesterday, to Coventry City, and both of them are beginning to create a good impression with their respective new managers.
Long made the move to Fleetwood last Friday. He didn’t feature in their 2-2 draw at Scunthorpe on the following day but was in the starting line up for their home game against Oxford on Tuesday when the only disappointment was him not getting a goal in the Cod Army’s 2-0 win.
Despite that, he played all but the last 11 minutes and his performance certainly met with the approval of manager Uwe Rösler who said: “The combination play between the front three was very good. Chris Long had not started for a while and he slotted in very well.
“I’d have liked it if he had scored and got off the mark, but for a debut after such a short time with us, I am very impressed.”
He added: “Chris is a top striker, movement fast, always looking for goals. He also works off the ball for the team and he has a very good mentality. You could see the boy had grown up at Everton. I like the Everton boys. They have a good work ethic installed into them and I think Chris will be a massive addition for us.”
Long is now expected to play in tomorrow’s game at Fleetwood, but Dan Agyei might have to wait a little longer to get his first opportunity with Coventry but Tony Mowbray is already predicting that he could have a similar impact at the Ricoh Arena to that of Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong who was there on loan last season.
Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, Mowbray said of Agyei: “He came to my attention earlier in the season when I got a match report from one of the scouts I put most faith in. We followed it up, had a look and liked what we saw, spoke to Sean Dyche and here we go.
“He’s fast and powerful, he can travel with the ball, travel without the ball and he’s got some venom in his left foot. He hasn’t played much football. He was scoring an amazing amount of goals at Wimbledon in the under-18s but got taken out before he broke into their first team.
“The challenge for him, which is why he’s here, is to test himself in a man’s league at a man’s game with points at stake, see if he can make an impact as Jacob Murphy, Ryan Kent, Adam Armstrong have done.
“He needs to work his way in and around the team, shown enough on the training ground that we feel he warrants a place in our team. Can he build a reputation? We’ll give him an opportunity and if he performs well his stock will increase as Adam Armstrong’s did. Daniel is on that journey now and we’ll see how he goes. I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He’s only been here a few days but we’ve not left him in a hotel on his own, he’s in an apartment with another footballer so he’s got company. I’m sure he’ll be watching football and doing what young guys do.
“It’s important he tries to integrate into the area and the football club so we’ve made him feel welcome and hopefully that will help him settle a lot quicker and do what comes naturally to him.
“I’m excited about what he can do but he’ll get no pressure from me. I’ve told him not to be nervous, just go and enjoy his football. He’s come in to help us at the top end of the pitch.”
Coventry, who have failed to score a goal in three league games this season while conceding only one, something that is very un-Mowbray like, travel to Valley Parade (where Agyei is pictured playing for Burnley in pre-season) and we’ll keep an eye on whether he, and indeed Long for Fleetwood, are in action tomorrow.
They are currently two of ten players we have out on loan at other clubs. Josh Ginnelly is also in League One with Walsall while central defender Alex Whitmore has played all of Morecambe’s League Two games so far. Khius Metz is in National League North with Altrincham and goalkeeper Tony Aghayere is back at Holt House playing for Colne where he did so well last season as they won promotion.
In Scotland, Luke Hendrie has now joined George Green at Kilmarnock in the Premiership with Jamie Thomas one division down in the Championship with Ayr United and finally Renny Smith remains on loan with GAIS in Sweden.Follow UpTheClarets:
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