LOAN OVERVIEW – News – Barnsley Football Club
With members of our first team and U23s on loan in England and across Europe, we thought we would provide an update on how they are progressing in their respective temporary residencies.
Beginning our roundup in Sky Bet League One, it has proven to be a productive campaign so far for HERBIE KANEwho has over 2,500 minutes of football to his name with Oxford United.
The midfielder was involved at the weekend as the U’s equalized in the 95th minute against Ipswich Town to strengthen their grip on a play-off spot with just eight games to play.
Kane has five assists to his name under Karl Robinson and has played 29 times in the league.
Meanwhile, TOMAS KALINAUSKAS has only been involved twice for AFC Wimbledon, both as a substitute against Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers, respectively.
Go down a division where several of our contingents ply their trade, and we’ll start with JACK AITCHISON at the Forest Green Rovers table.
After scintillating form, the Nailsworth-based outfit have stumbled somewhat of late and are winless in seven – a spell that includes four 1-1 draws and three defeats – which has seen their lead at the top reduced to five points.
Playing time has been plentiful for the Scottish striker, who has 43 appearances to his name across all competitions for FGR where he contributed with seven goals and five assists from an attacking midfield position.
Elsewhere in the fourth level, and George Miller has been a mainstay for Walsall as they have gradually moved out of the relegation zone in recent weeks.
The Saddlers appeared to be fighting for their status in the Football League at one point but turned their season around, with the 23-year-old striker playing a starring role and racking up over 3,000 minutes of first-team action.
Since arriving on loan at the end of August, Miller has netted 11 goals and an assist for Michael Flynn’s side, who are now 14th in the table and 16 points clear of the drop zone.
Still in Ligue 2, LUC THOMAS hasn’t featured for Bristol Rovers since late February as the Gas embarked on an incredible run of form that put them in contention for automatic promotion.
The South West side were mid-table just six weeks ago but now sit fourth and outside the top three on goal difference alone.
Outside the league now, where some of our U23 players gain valuable senior football while continuing their development and education.
CAMERON THOMPSON showed his qualities for Darlington during his brief spell there, scoring a goal in their 3-1 defeat at York and also winning a penalty at the weekend against Hereford.
Unfortunately, that resulting kick was missed – not by our energetic young forward – but the Quakers went on to earn a point in the Vanarama National League North.
Stay in this division, and JASON SRAHA was a regular for Guiseley AFC with seven appearances, and his impressive performances prompted the Lions to extend his loan until the end of the season.
Our 18-year-old defender hopes to help the side avoid relegation from Nethermoor Park at the end of the campaign.
Head to the Northern Premier League, where VA LANCASTER made a brief appearance for Whitby Town in the final eight minutes of their 2-0 win over Witton Albion.
The midfielder was an unused substitute at the weekend as the Blues drew 0-0 at home to Buxton, despite having played 90 minutes for our U23s the day before.
On the continent, now, and JOE ACKROYD scored his first professional goal as MFK Vyškov secured a 2-0 win over FK Varnsdorf.
It was his third appearance for the Czech Republic, and the Barnsley-born midfielder has been involved in two wins and one draw during his loan spell.
Ultimately, PATRICK SCHMIDT hasn’t played for Esbjerg fB since November, and OBBI OULARÉ has yet to play for Belgian side RWD Molenbeek.