Loan Watch: Huws and Rusnak shine at Birmingham
- 19 February 2014 16:39
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Emyr Huws and Albert Rusnak have turned in such strong performances for Birmingham that the Championship club jumped at the chance to extend their deals until the end of the season.
Clark said: "It's brilliant news because the two of them have made a big impact.
"Both on and off the pitch, Albert and Emyr are really popular with the lads and I'm delighted that both Manchester City and the lads have agreed to stay until the end of the season."
"Even on Saturday (against Huddersfield Town) it was probably Emyr's quietest game of the lot but he was still very influential for us in terms of the good things that we did do well.
"Albert has been a bright player for us. We like him, we like his personality and we think he can do good things for us for the remainder of the season."
George Evans, who is due to remain at Gresty Road until the end of this season, completed another 90 minutes for Crewe in their 3-1 defeat to Brentford. The EDS midfielder has earned a regular starting place for himself in the centre of the park, and is gaining valuable experience as the Alex battle against relegation from League One.
In the Premier League, John Guidetti was given another opportunity to impress in the Stoke City attack, when he came on as a 68th minute sub against Swansea, and it was the first time that the Swede has been able to play in front of the Potters’ home support.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t influence the result, which finished as a 1-1 draw, but the striker relished the experience to perform in front of the Stoke faithful.
He told the club’s official website: “I enjoyed it a lot, it was a moment that I have been waiting for to come on and play in front of those incredible supporters for the first time.
“I've been working hard in training since I came here and if I continue to work hard and play well when I am given the opportunity to do, so then hopefully I can play more minutes.
“I have absolutely 100 percent trust in the manager and in the team, and I know that whatever the manager’s decision is, it is always going to be in the best interests of the Club."
“If he puts me in to play from the start then I will give 100 percent, if he puts me on to play just the final five minutes then I'll also give 100 percent in that time too."
He added: “I'm desperate to do well here and to help the Club win as many matches as possible. I'm blessed to be here, I'm very happy, what can I say!”
Elsewhere in the division, Gareth Barry continues to win plaudits at Everton. The league clash with Crystal Palace in midweek was postponed, but Barry played another full game in the 3-1 FA Cup victory over Swansea at the weekend.
He continues to be one of the first names on Roberto Martinez's teamsheet and his performances haven't gone unnoticed by the fans.
Gareth Barry sir. 10/10. Immense today— Jamie (@Sizey9) February 16, 2014
On the continent, Karim Rekik returned from suspension to help PSV record a 2-1 win over Heracles. The Dutch side have now moved up to fifth in the Eredivisie, and Karim has formed an impressive partnership in central defence with Jeffrey Bruma.
Scott Sinclair was not involved in West Brom's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.