Football League emergency loan movers: 10 of the best
The Football League’s emergency loan transfer window recently slammed shut after an eventful deadline day across clubs from the Championship, League One and League Two.
This season’s final transfer window saw plenty of teams secure temporary loan deals for the remainder of this current campaign, as a final push for promotion, play-off positions and relegation survival are targeted.
Here is a comprehensive list of 10 of the most eye-catching loan moves to have been finalised.
Kenwyne Jones – Cardiff City to Bournemouth
Championship leaders Bournemouth, 5/4 with Coral to finish top, boosted their attacking outlets with the loan capturing of Cardiff centre forward Jones, with the Trinidad and Tobago international set to bring a wealth of experience to Eddie Howe’s squad.
Watch Jones capitalise on a mistake by the Leeds United defence to slot home for Cardiff.
Nathan Ake – Chelsea to Reading
Chelsea starlet Ake joined the Championship outfit for an initial one-month loan, but will be unable to feature in the Royals’ FA Cup semi-final clash with Arsenal, having already played in the competition this season for his parent club.
The Dutchman has captained his country at Under-21 level and will be a strong addition, as he is able to function in a defensive or midfield role. Ake signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge last term, proving that Jose Mourinho sees potential in his young prospect.
Diego Fabbrini – Watford to Birmingham City
City boss Gary Rowett has produced a brilliant piece of business to secure the loan capturing of Fabbrini, with the 24-year-old having had his previous temporary deal with Millwall cut short after a change of management at the New Den.
The astute attacker has earned one international cap for Italy, and joined Watford in 2013 from Serie A side Udinese who, like the Hornets, are owned by the Pozzo family.
Johnny Williams and Zeki Fryers – Crystal Palace to Ipswich Town
Wales international Williams returns to Portman Road for his third spell but will only be available until the play-off semi-finals. Meanwhile, Fryers joined for the rest of the season, after featuring 10 times on loan for Rotherham United earlier this term.
Reece James – Manchester United to Huddersfield Town
The 21-year-old made eight starts for fellow Championship side Rotherham this season, and made his Red Devils debut in the League Cup last year.
Watch James tuck away a goal for United in a pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy last summer.
Francisco Junior – Everton to Port Vale
Everton academy graduate Junior has spent time in Norway and Holland, and now heads to the League One club who lie in mid-table obscurity.
Lewis Kinsella – Aston Villa to Luton Town
Villans left back Kinsella has yet to feature for his parent club, but has been named in the squad in each of their previous three Premier League fixtures under Tim Sherwood. The talented defender joins the League Two outfit as they currently sit in a promising play-off position.
Jordan Williams – Liverpool to Notts County
The 19-year-old made his Liverpool debut in the Capital One Cup encounter with Middlesbrough earlier this season, after coming on as a substitute.
Williams will be hoping to help the League One strugglers avoid the drop, as they sit dangerously above the danger zone on goal difference, and are 2/1 to go down this season.
Danny Guthrie – Reading to Fulham
Former Liverpool midfielder Guthrie joined the Royals from Newcastle United in 2012, and has now arrived at the Cottagers who are just two places above the relegation zone and are 14/1 to face the drop.
Watch highlights of Guthrie in action for Reading during the current season before his loan switch.