Loan watch: Rekik impresses at PSV
- 03 September 2013 14:56
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
With a number of loan deals now confirmed for City players, it’s time for the return of Loan Watch to keep up-to-date with all the action across the leagues.
We begin with Karim Rekik, who has had no problem impressing fans and critics in his first month with Eredivisie side PSV.
The 18-year-old missed their last league match with an ankle problem, but has started all four domestic fixtures for the Dutch side in previous weeks. Rekik played the full 90 minutes in three of the games, while he was withdrawn after 86 minutes in the 5-0 romp over NEC.
Clearly enjoying his first experience of European club competition, Karim started both Champions League fixtures against Zulte Waregem and then played 180 minutes in the club’s tough qualifier against AC Milan, where he was reunited with Nigel de Jong and Mario Balotelli.
Although PSV lost the tie over the two legs, the youngster’s bright start has not gone unnoticed – he has been called up to the Netherlands senior squad for the first time.
Goal.com reports: “His desire to play football at the highest level led him to Eindhoven this summer and has already impressed with his aerial prowess, forceful defending and confidence on the ball.”
Meanwhile, Reece Wabara has been enjoying life in the Championship with Paul Dickov’s Doncaster, and his loan deal has now been extended to 5 January 2014.
This weekend, the defender played 78 minutes for Rovers as they went down 1-0 to Bournemouth, but Reece has played the full 90 minutes for the club in a 2-2 draw with Wigan and in a 2-0 win over Blackburn.
Frustratingly for Doncaster, who currently lie 18th in the Championship table after being crowned Champions of League One last season, they were 3-1 up over Charlton when the match was abandoned due to a waterlogged pitch.
Delighted to extend my loan until January! Very exciting project at #drfc and as with all things will take time. Happy to be part of it :)— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) August 31, 2013
Scott Sinclair has had a mixed start to life at West Brom - he had to be content with a place on the bench for the Baggies' stalemate with Everton, but the winger impressed in 90 minutes against Newport in the Capital One Cup. He also completed 75 minutes in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to former club Swansea.
EDS winger Albert Rusnak joined Oldham Athletic last Friday, but still managed some minutes in their game on Saturday afternoon against Tranmere. After coming off the bench in the 63rd minute, Rusnak went close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but a late penalty condemned his new side to a narrow defeat.
Elsewhere, Harry Bunn has joined Sheffield United on loan until 2 October. The EDS striker suffered a knee ligament injury in September 2012 which ended a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra prematurely, but is now looking forward to the new challenge.
Thanks for the messages! Looking forward to the month ahead! #SUFC— Harry Bunn (@Harry_Bunn) September 2, 2013
Further afield, 21-year old Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Abu has joined Danish outfit AGF Aarhus until 31 December, while Ivory Coast international, Abdul Razak has agreed a loan switch with Anzhi Makhachkala until the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Gareth Barry has also agreed a season-long loan move to Everton, announced on deadline day. You can view an image gallery of some of his best moments in a City shirt here.
We’ll be letting you know how they all get on right here on mcfc.co.uk!