Loan Watch: Huws bags Goal of the Season gong
- 07 May 2014 16:07
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Emyr Huws scooped the Goal of the Season gong at Birmingham City’s recent End of Season Awards night.
The Wales international, who made his senior debut for his country after shining on the Championship stage, collected the award for his sensational strike against Middlesbrough earlier this year.
It was a week of celebration for the Blues, who avoided relegation by the narrowest of margins on the final day of the season. A late, late equaliser against Bolton preserved their Championship status at the expense of Doncaster Rovers and sent the away fans at the Reebok Stadium into raptures.
Huws played the first 45 minutes of the match but was forced to withdraw at the break with a back injury. It was the last of 17 appearances for the club, during which he scored two goals and won the hearts of the Blues’ fans with his strong, committed displays.
Albert Rusnak played no part in the match, and returns to City having made four appearances for the St Andrews outfit.
On the continent, Karim Rekik chalked up another 90 minutes in PSV’s last game of the campaign, which the Eredivisie side won 2-0 over NAC Breda.
The young defender has enjoyed a thoroughly productive year on loan as he seeks to take the next steps up the footballing pyramid, having made 31 appearances for the Dutch outfit and scored one goal.
His performances in the centre of defence haven’t gone unnoticed at international level, and Rekik has been called up for a 20 man pre-World Cup squad by Netherlands boss, Louis van Gaal, as he seeks to finalise his squad for Brazil.
Meanwhile, Eirik Holmen Johansen recorded another clean sheet for Sandefjord as they ground out a crucial 1-0 league victory against Baerum. The keeper looks to have made the no.1 shirt his own for the Norwegian side after impressing between the sticks in recent weeks.
George Evans was not involved as Crewe Alexandra secured their League One status on the final day of the Football League season with a dramatic 2-1 win over Preston North End – their first home win since February.
Although he found his appearances limited in the last weeks of his loan deal, the midfielder was a hit at Gresty Road, turning out 23 times for the Railwaymen and seeing his initial loan extended after shining on the field and in training.
His manager, Steve Davis, said: “George (Evans) became one of ours over time. He lost a bit of form towards the end but that is to be expected as he is still very young and this was his first season in competitive football. It would have been a wonderful experience for him.”
Due to the terms of his loan deal, Gareth Barry could play no part at the weekend when City travelled to Goodison Park to meet Everton, running out 3-2 winners as the quest for the Premier League title continues.
The midfielder has been an influential figure in the Toffees’ bid for European football this season, and ahead of the weekend’s clash, the MEN’s Stuart Brennan outlined the problems Barry’s absence would cause for Roberto Martinez’s men.
Brennan wrote: “It is no coincidence that Barry has made 31 starts for the Toffees this season – Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman are the only outfield players to have played more.
“In fact, Barry played himself back into contention for England, even though Roy Hodgson has resisted the temptation to return him to the squad.
“The fact that Barry will be missing from the Everton line-up on Saturday, due to the terms of his season-long loan, is a fillip for City."
“Barry has missed five league games for Everton this season and they only won one of those.”
Make that six missed and one won following Saturday’s result.
In the Championship, Alex Henshall made the bench but was an unused sub as Ipswich concluded their league season with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.
The 20-year-old has not featured much for Town since making the temporary switch in March, but has shown enough in training to impress boss Mick McCarthy, who would like to keep the youngster on a permanent deal.
"I've spoken to him and I've spoken to his agent and I would like to offer him something," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"He's learning still, but he's certainly got something to offer and I've left it with them now."