TTU Awards 2011-12: Loan of the season

Posted by on Jun 2, 2012 in TTU Awards | 8 Comments
TTU Awards 2011-12: Loan of the season

In January, Lloyd conducted a thorough overview of the loan system calling for a 5 point plan to lead to fairer competition. In 2010-11, Craig Bellamy’s spell at Cardiff seemed grotesque given the way Manchester City continued to pay his wages and that was just one example of a number of transformative deals carried out in recent times.

But despite our reservations, a cannily chosen temp can make all the difference and Michail Antonio gets our vote for the most important of 2011-12.

In truth, his appearances for Reading since Brendan Rodgers plucked him from Tooting and Mitcham in 2008 have been promising at best but insignificant at worst, even if many have come from the bench. He has so far lacked the guile of first choice wingers Jobi McAnuff and Jimmy Kébé, as well as first choice back up Hal Robson-Kanu, and a disappointing display as the Royals exited the FA Cup at home to Stevenage in January saw him packed off to Sheffield Wednesday a month later.

It was the Ginger Mourinho himself, Gary Megson who brought Antonio to Hillsborough and this provides yet more reason to mention the shabbiness with which he was treated but a week later – a lack of class highlighted by Football Lexicon author John Leigh for us at the time.

But after making his debut in a wholly significant Steel City derby, the Wandsworth man has been stellar – netting 5 times in 14 appearances and scoring a number of stunners – his pace and directness have been too much for League 1 defences at times, just as they were in an earlier temporary spell at Colchester – that he has shone so vibrantly at two clubs is telling but his employers’ ascension to the Premier League will no doubt restrict his opportunities – Wednesday have offered £350,000 but will likely have to trump up a bigger offer.

Honorary mentions to Tyrone Barnett, fearsome in Peterborough blue after a two division jump from Crawley in January as well as Lloyd Sam, whose arrival at Notts County saw them go oh so close to the play-offs.

2010-11 Winner: Fabio Borini
2009-10 Winner: DJ Campbell

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8 Comments

  1. Linhem
    June 2, 2012

    Fair winner. But i think i’d(or will) choose Jack Butland. Terrific spell at Cheltenham, got him into the England squad!. Should be playing higher up the ladder, maybe even at Birmingham already next season.

    With Hart starting out at Shrewsbury and Arsenals Sczezny playing at Brentford(who’s last Brentford-game i attended) just before taking the starting spot at Arsenal the path is set for Butland to play in PL soon.

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  2. Lanterne Rouge
    June 2, 2012

    cheers – I haven’t seen Butland play in the flesh but I know my fellow blogger Lloyd has – I wonder if he’ll go the way of Joe Lewis of Peterborough and Frankie Fielding of Blackburn/Derby? Another young keeper who had a trying season last year was Alex McCarthy – he failed to dislodge Adam Federici from the Reading team and showed patchy form at Ipswich and Leeds. Butland perhaps needs a move to a Premier League club sooner rather than later.

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  3. James (Wednesday fan)
    June 2, 2012

    I can’t really say he’s been the ‘loan of the year’ as I haven’t seen enough of other teams’ loanees. He has been absolutely fantastic though. I’d love to sign him for next season.

    Danny Batth has also been fantastic. He must have been considered for loan of the year too.

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  4. Lloyd
    June 3, 2012

    Butland looked very good as I saw Plymouth lose 2-1 at Cheltenham back in October. Pulled off a wonderful save from Isaac Vassell, Darius’ nephew no less.

    But he wasn’t on loan at Cheltenham at the crunch time and, despite having an excellent season, I think it would’ve been a bit much to give him the award. Probably deserved a nomination though.

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  5. Pigo
    June 3, 2012

    That’s exciting, James. Batth’s form has been really encouraging and given that Wolves’ centre-back situation is far from certain, I’m hoping that he can break through to our first team next season.

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  6. Tom
    June 3, 2012

    Antonio was absolute mustard against Walsall at Hillsborough (hitting the bar twice with two of the most powerful shots I’ve ever seen) so I’m not going to argue with your decision. But I would like to mention Florent Cuvelier whose 3 month loan from Stoke almost certainly kept the Saddlers up. He’ll probably be loaned out in the Championship next year and whoever gets him will almost certainly be a better team as a result.

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  7. Lanterne Rouge
    June 3, 2012

    Good shout Tom – Stoke look like they could do with a bit of a change so maybe Cuvelier will feature them in the Prem next season.

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    June 4, 2013

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