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LOAN ROUND-UP

9 December 2014

An update on City's loan exports

A number of Norwich City players are currently away from the club on loan deals, including wing duo Elliott Bennett and Jacob Murphy, who are enjoying temporary spells at Brighton and Blackpool respectively.

Bennett, 25, re-joined his former club at the beginning of November after a handful of City appearances at the start of the season, and has since had his loan extended until the end of December as he continues his rehabilitation from a season-long knee ligament injury last term.

Meanwhile, Murphy has already become an established member of the Seasiders first team, having started all five of their league matches since penning a deal until February at the start of last month.

The 19-year-old made an immediate impact on his debut by scoring against Fulham, before adding his second goal for the club when he netted a spectacular free-kick during the draw with Bolton – eventually earning the Tangerines’ Player of the Month Award for November.

During Murphy’s time at Bloomfield Road, struggling Pool have rallied to pick up six points from his five appearances; with just a solitary defeat to Leeds seeing them double their points tally for the entire season.

Another City player currently playing their trade in the Championship is Sebastien Bassong, who moved to Watford on loan in October.

Since making his Hornets debut in a 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, the Cameroon international has gone on to feature in a further seven of their eight subsequent league games.

The Vicarage Road outfit have collected 11 points from Bassong’s eight appearances in total, with arguably their most impressive result coming last Friday when they romped to a 5-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Further afield, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has scored five goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for St-Etienne after joining the French side on a season-long loan in August.

Those strikes include an impressive run of four goals in St-Etienne’s last six matches, with the 25-year-old having established himself enough to help Les Verts move up to fourth place domestically while also leaving them well-placed to qualify for the next stage of the Europa League.

City manager Neil Adams displayed a shrewd eye for talented prospects when he snapped up Swindon Town midfielder Louis Thompson for an undisclosed fee on the final day of the summer transfer window.

The 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to the club whose academy system he graduated from for the duration of the 2014/2015 season, where he has since featured regularly; amassing 23 appearances and scoring twice across four separate competitions.

Thompson is joined at Swindon Town by City academy defender Harry Toffolo, with the Robins having kept three clean sheets in the four league matches the 19-year-old has started to date.

The 2013 FA Youth Cup winner initially moved to the County Ground on a one-month deal in October, but has since had his stay extended until the end of the season after suitably impressing manager Mark Cooper.

Two further members of Adams’ cup-winning side currently away from the club on short-term deals are goalkeeper Remi Matthews and striker Carlton Morris, who recently joined Burton Albion and York City respectively. 

Prior to linking up with York, Morris netted a single goal during a brief stint at Oxford United as they shocked high-flying Bristol City in the League Cup.

The young striker made his Minstermen debut off the bench during the 1-1 draw away to Plymouth at the end of November, while Matthews is yet to feature for the Brewers.

Finally, striker Luciano Becchio is back at Carrow Road receiving treatment on a broken heel he suffered while playing for Rotherham United in a non-competitive match against Wigan Athletic in October.

The Argentine forward joined the Millers on a four-month loan at the start of September, and had scored two goals in three starts prior to picking up the injury.

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