No April Joke For Villa Lenders – It’s Almost Time For Decisions To Be Made – Round Up – Vital Aston Villa
With the March international break firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to focus on football and Aston Villa again. No one should be making any jokes on April 1 about England’s recent performances, but some of our youngsters have undoubtedly made the most of their loan spells during the 2020/21 campaign.
With Villa further strengthening our backroom staff this week with the appointments of Adam Henshall (Head of Emerging Talent and Loans) and Former Academy Coach Mile Jedinak (Loan Player Development Coach) it is clear that NSWE continues to focus heavily on our future generations, so with two months remaining in the current campaign, I can only imagine that there are many questions being asked about who is fortunate enough to be move to a higher level. level up next year and, as is the nature of the beast of youth, to whom do we go with our best wishes.
Fortunately, these are questions I don’t have to answer.
It’s April, here’s how people are doing.
Jack Clarke was the first to come out and he traveled to Yeovil Town for a long season in the National League. The 22-year-old midfielder made his full debut for The Glovers on October 3 as they started their championship campaign and he made two starts with a replacement. Due to lack of playing time, he was recalled in January and he returned to compatriot Chesterfield. He made his debut against Notts County at the end of February and now has four starts and four substitutes to his name.
Indiana Vassilev was next out and he went to the locals of Burton Albion also on a one-season loan. Having kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign for a long time, the young striker has started to build on his six senior substitute games for us, adding eight starts and four substitute appearances to his name. After a change of manager, the 20-year-old American was recalled and headed to Cheltenham Town instead. He made his debut as a substitute at the end of January and now has ten substitute appearances to his name.
Young goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo was next to leave and he went north for a long season with Scottish Championship side Ayr United. Their campaign also started in October and the 19-year-old Finnish made six Scottish League Cup and FA Cup appearances, as well as 21 Scottish league starts.
Technically, Mbwana Samatta was loaned to Turkish club Fenerbahce, but with a mandatory buyout in place, I haven’t closely followed his progress. Considering it’s April, he has 12 starts, 11 substitutes and he has returned four goals so far.
Cameron Archer left locally and he went to Solihull Moors on a deal that expired on January 3. He made his substitute bow in their first game against Woking as he entered as a substitute in the 59th minute and he made his full debut in the next game against Wrexham. During the spell, he made 12 appearances in total, returning five goals in all competitions.
The Moors have now extended that deal until the end of the campaign and he has since added seven more appearances to his total, plus another goal.
Lewis Brunt returned to Gloucester City over a three month period (he was with them in the second half of last season). The 19-year-old agreed to the move as he recovered from an injury, so he didn’t join them until the end of October. I believe he made his debut in late November against Farsley Celtic, and he’s racked up seven starts and one substitute appearance. He opened his goal scoring against Leamington but it has now come back to us with an injury.
Tyreik Wright, 19, joined the roster in January as he headed to Walsall for the remainder of the year. He made his full debut for them in their 3-1 win over Port Vale and now has six starts and two substitutes to his name.
Lovre Kalinic’s loan to former club Hadjuk Split had been known for some time, but he had to wait until mid-January for the start of their season, and he’s now featured eight times for them.
Dominic Revan was the next youngster to head into playing time, and he traveled to another National League team, this time to Weymouth. He now has 14 starting appearances to his name.
Callum Rowe was next out and he too has a chance for Northern National League football with Hereford. I believe he made his full debut in their FA Trophy fourth round match with Stamford and given their limited season he now has two appearances to his name.
Conor Hourihane wanted playing time, and he got it with a temporary stint in Swansea. Having made his debut for them against Nottingham Forest, he has now made 13 starting appearances with two more performances on the bench. He also now has five goals under his belt.
Fred Guilbert was a late change and returned to Ligue 1 to spend the second half of the year with Strasbourg. He has now made six appearances, notched his first assist against Lille and scored his first goal in their victory over Monaco.
And finally, it looks like his comrade Ben Guy left for a spell with Portadown in Northern Ireland in October, but I had missed him. He’s playing for them, but I can’t find any actual playing stats.
And I think that’s the lot.