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Are Loan Signings The Answer?

Saturday 26th November 2011
Are Loan Signings the Answer?
The loan deadline has closed as many of the lower league sides looked to strengthen their squads ahead of the weekends fixtures. As players moved from team to team, I ask myself, is it the way forward?

Being a Crewe supporter I have seen some horrendous loan signings in the past, as well as some fairly decent ones too. Some of the poor loan signings include Stuart Green from Blackpool (now at Workington), Aman Verma from Leicester who is now at Kettering and the worse of the lot may have to be Cedric Baseya who has recently joined Reading, only to be shipped out to Barnet on loan.

Saying that, the Railwaymen have had their fair share of decent loan players too with current Norwich players John Ruddy and Elliott Bennett spending time at Gresty Road, other players have included Wales international Simon Church and Trinidad international Dennis Lawrence and also Marlon Broomes, Gylfi Sigurdsson and not forgetting Danny O'Donnell who made his loan from Liverpool permanent in 2007.

The latest intake of loan players for Crewe consists of full-back Jamie Lowry and central defender Wes Fletcher. From seeing them playing against us I'm impressed with who Steve Davis has managed to bring in and I'm hoping that they will perform during their time in South Cheshire and with the dreaded busy Christmas period coming up the Alex needed some extra back up with the amount of games played in such a small period of time.

Wes Fletcher, who is fresh from a loan spell with Morecambe comes in to compete with David Artell and Adam Dugdale for a space in the team and after scoring 2 goals in 12 games for the Shrimpers' he maybe add a different goal threat for a Crewe team desperate to climb the table. Lowry on the other hand is a strange decision with the likes of Carl Martin and Matt Tootle being consistent in the defence this season, however a bit of cover and competition for a place in the starting eleven is a good position for any club to be in.

Generally speaking League Two is a haven for loan players as teams from the Premier League, Championship and League One all willingly allow fringe players a chance of first team football. However, many loan signings never make a great impact when arriving at a club, especially on one month deals. Six month or full season loan deals are more long sighted, but what is seen as a quick fix in a one month deal never quite works out. What can a player do in one month? Potentially only playing four games before returning to his parent club.

With this in mind it will be interesting to see how the two new boys perform at Gresty Road and to see if any loan signings across League One or Two make an impact for their temporary employers.

Nathaniel Holland
Nathaniel Holland

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