Loan Watch: Evans shining for Crewe
- 31 December 2013 10:33
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
EDS midfielder George Evans continues to shine in a Crewe shirt, and has clocked up plenty of minutes during the festive period.
The Cheadle-born youngster started all three League One fixtures for the Railwaymen to wrap up 2013, completing all 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury, playing 74 minutes against Wolves on Boxing Day and 59 minutes in a 2-1 win over Colchester on Saturday.
Great character from the lads to go from 1 down to win 2-1 vital win! Time to focus on the next game now! #crewealex— George Evans (@GeorgeEvans70) December 29, 2013
His manager, Steve Davis, has been impressed with the skill and attitude of his temporary recruit, who has been receiving his football education at City for over a decade.
Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel earlier this month, Davis said: "George has done fine. He's still learning the game of course. He's still only 18, a young boy really, but he's a very mature lad and he's great to work with.
“He wants to do well, he's very determined and he doesn't like missing training or football. He's got a great attitude and all the credentials."
...Steve Davis on George Evans...
"There are a few things he needs to work at, but I think he's progressing. He's improving each game.
"He scored a fantastic goal against Vale. He needs to build on that and get more goals, but his general play is good. He's becoming more competitive and we're enjoying having him here."
Sticking with League One, Ellis Plummer has been seeing mixed fortunes with Oldham Athletic as he seeks to enhance his footballing CV. The defender won a place in the starting XI immediately on arrival at Boundary Park, and started the 2-0 loss to Colchester before Christmas.
Unfortunately, Plummer scored an own goal against the U’s, and was an unused sub in subsequent draws with Sheffield United and Coventry City. Experience of league football will no doubt be vital to the EDS man as he continues his development at the conclusion of his loan on 4 January.
Unlike Evans and Plummer, Karim Rekik has been enjoying a more relaxed Christmas as the Dutch Eredivisie took its winter break. In the last match before the temporary halt to proceedings, Rekik put in an assured performance in the centre of defence in a 2-0 win over ADO Den Haag on 22 December.
Play resumes on 19 January.
Gareth Barry continues to play a key role with high-flying Everton, who occupy one of the Champions League spots as 2013 comes to a close.
Although he missed the 2-1 win over Southampton due to suspension, the England international completed all 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Swansea and a 1-0 loss to Sunderland over the Christmas period.
Gareth Barry is the fundamental cog that makes Martinez Everton play. Possession = control and he is the player that makes it happen...#EFC— John Merro (@johnmerro1) December 29, 2013
Scott Sinclair will be seeking to impress a new manager at West Brom after the departure of Steve Clarke. The winger played the first half in a 1-1 draw with Hull on 21 December, but was an unused sub in the draws with Spurs and West Ham.
After getting his loan spell at Huddersfield Town off to a dream start with two goals in two games for the under-21 side, Harry Bunn will be looking forward to getting back on the pitch when the league campaign resumes in the New Year.
His temporary spell with the Terriers is due to end on 6 January.
On loan to Paul Dickov’s Doncaster, Reece Wabara has been forced to spend the last month out due to a foot problem, but there is good news on the injury front as he hopes to be back playing in the near future.
Glad to get back running today :) should be back playing very soon :)— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) December 30, 2013
George Swan remains on the sidelines.