TTU Awards 2010/2011: Loan of the Season

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in TTU Awards | 5 Comments

Like Achilles’ ankles or Steffi Graf’s backhand, Swansea City’s weakness over the past few seasons of approximate excellence has been all too obvious. Jason Scotland was the key fulcrum for a time, but the goals for column has rarely been a totalizer at the Liberty. That all ended this Spring when Brendan Rodgers – he of the Big League contacts – took a drive down Fulham Broadway and came back with a pearl of an Italian in Fabio Borini – a darting, dynamite presence who announced his arrival with a double in a 3-2 win over future play off rivals Nottingham Forest. After 6 in 9 matches, his departure to Parma will hurt.

Additional mentions to Cody McDonald: even though his goals weren’t enough to take the Gills up, they will certainly be enough to relaunch his League career, Red Devils Nicky Ajose and James Chester, who shone at Bury and Carlisle respectively, Benik Afobe at Huddersfield, Deane Smalley at Chesterfield and Mikele Leigertwood, a colossal presence as Reading nearly made it back to the Premier League.

Lastly, John Obika dragged Yeovil out of the mire after being woeful at Swindon while on the curiosities front, Reece Brown, 12 years the junior of his brother Wes turned out in the claret and amber of Bradford City – to little distinction, it must be said.

Last year’s winner: DJ Campbell

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  1. Ian
    June 14, 2011

    The fact that Legsofwood is so highly thought of amazes any Blades fan, although he was signed in our PL season and it was a step too far for him.

    Amazed that Smalley didn't join Chesterfield. Either Oxford can pay more, which I find hard to believe, or Sheridan believes he can get better for his money.

    Borini is a great shout, just the impact you want from a loan signing.

    Looking for worst loan, take a look at the many SUFC brought in. Marcus Bent & Nyron Notworthy would be potential winners!

  2. The Exiled Robin
    June 14, 2011

    As mentioned on Twitter earlier, I feel obliged to bore people once more by raving about Stephen Caulker. Bristol City were bottom of the table & conceding 2.5gls per game when he arrived from Spurs – a comfy mid-table finish and 17(?) clean sheets later he was the principal reason we avoided relegation.

  3. Stanley
    June 15, 2011

    Good call on Caulker. Sadly for followers of the Football League, he is already a cut above and we won't get to see him again next season.

    If Borini won the award for impact, might I suggest Jason Puncheon? From Southampton reserves to the Premier League, thanks to a scintillating loan spell at Millwall. Five goals in seven, including a hat-trick against Palace in his final game.

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