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Loan Report – a Week of Woe

It’s not been the best of weeks for Blues loanees – in the six games that Adam Rooney, Graham Hutchison and Jake Jervis played between them only one ended in victory and even that was tinged with bad news for the loanee concerned.

For Jake Jervis, it’s been a week to forget. First up was the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against former club Preston North End. However, Jake clearly had left his finishing boots at home for this one with chances missed throughout the game and then in the drama of the penalty shootout the Wolverhampton-born 20-year-old skied his spot-kick. Worse was to follow in the League One clash against Hartlepool on Saturday, when Jervis put the ball into the stand rather than an open goal from just inside the box, denying his side a leveller. He was subbed off seven minutes later and Carlisle went on to win the game 2-1.

It’s not been great for Adam Rooney either. In their tie in the JPT, Swindon went out to a late goal against big rivals Oxford United. Rooney played 90 minutes but wasn’t able to find the net, missing two chances of note. He then came on as a 65th minute sub in the game agaisnt Leyton Orient in midweek but again fluffed his lines when the chance to level the game presented itself. Paolo di Canio wasn’t happy with his team’s performance at all and you’d think the on-loan Irishman will have to sharpen up if he is to avoid the Italian gaffer’s ire.

Lincoln City are struggling in the Blue Square Bet Premier at the mo, having not won a game since the opener against bottom club Kidderminster Harriers. The Imps currently lie 22nd and their games this week ended in defeat to Alfreton Town and a draw with AFC Telford. However, it’s good experience for young Scottish centre-back Graham Hutchison, who played 90 minutes in both games.

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14 Responses to “Loan Report – a Week of Woe”

  • JohnR says:

    If Jervis and Rooney are struggling at League One level then there is little chance of them making a go of it in the Championship.

    • Kaje says:

      You would think that, wouldn’t you – but would you be surprised to learn that Adam Rooney has the best minutes played per goal ratio of any of our strikers in the Championship?

      Adam Rooney averages a goal every 139 minutes played – our next best is Zigic with a goal every 142 minutes played followed by King, who sits over 40 minutes behind, with a goal every 185 minutes played.

      Mad, eh?

  • AL-LAD says:

    All of these guys will be either released or sold for a nominal figure by Blues within the next year.

  • Pete says:

    Jervis has looked good at times and personally, I think it’d be worth keeping him on the books for a while to see how he progresses. We’ve made the mistake of getting rid of youngsters a few times now and I doubt it’s costing us much to keep him.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    Oh b**ger, I thought Rooney was a permanent deal, with Caddis coming in on loan?

    • almajir says:

      Both are loan deals, nothing in place for either to becoome permanent at the end of them either

      • Oldbluenose says:

        With our tempremental friend Canio, in charge, Rooney will have to start scoring quickly, or he will become ” burnt toast “, As for Caddis, if he maintains his opening form, — Pablo will want him back, — unfortunately, !!!.

  • bluenoseneil says:

    Are we not gonna talk about Leroy Lita then? Or are you sticking to the “not until he’s pictured on the Kop holding a scarf” tactic, Almajir? Lol :p

  • andy says:

    Good signing is Lita, he will score goals for Blues.

    • Kaje says:

      And yet, in the Championship, he has a worse ‘goals to minutes played’ ratio than Adam Rooney, Nikola Zigic and Marlon King. Minutes played per goal is the best stat to use, as it takes into account sub appearances to calculate the number of minutes the player has actually played, as opposed to games played.

      Lita – 228 minutes played per goal
      Rooney – 139 minutes played per goal
      Zigic – 142 minutes played per goal
      King – 185 minutes played per goal

      You can see from that, Lita may not be the savior many believe him to be!

      • almajir says:

        I’ll be honest Kaje and say that I think you can’t rely on stats alone to say if a player is good or not – they don’t tell the whole story.

        • Kaje says:

          No, they don’t – Chucho wasn’t exactly a goal scoring machine, but his presence and trickery created a lot of important goals for us that season.

          But at a time where goals are important, the minutes per goal stat is the only real stat to look at. Games per goal isn’t fair as it can include 2 minutes as a substitute, so the best judge of how their scoring boots are is the above.

          I don’t particularly rate Lita – though this season, I don’t rate a number of people so that’s no surprise – and I don’t think he’s going to be our saviour.

          As I’ve said with Lee Clark and Hayden Mullins – I hope I’m wrong about them!


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