Loan Watch: Guidetti aiming to shine at Stoke
- 15 January 2014 13:50
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
John Guidetti could make his debut for Stoke on Saturday afternoon against Crystal Palace, after finalising his loan deal with the Potters.
The 21-year-old will remain at the Britannia Stadium until 30 June 2014 and will be hoping to make his mark on the Premier League after enduring a 2012/13 campaign hampered by injuries.
Guidetti caught the eye during a previous loan spell with Eredivisie side Feyenoord in the 2011/12 season, when he scored 20 goals in 23 appearances and is now aiming to seize his chance to impress in the Premier League.
In an interview with his new side, he said: "I am so grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to show everybody I am capable of playing at this level.
"It's been a frustrating and difficult time for me, but I am firmly back on the road again now, and this is a great chance for me to hopefully play some games, score some goals and enjoy myself."
"It's a dream for me to be honest, because I have always wanted to play in the Premier League, which is in my opinion, the toughest and most demanding league in the world."
"It's going to be a real challenge for me, but I have trained with the first-team players at Manchester City for a long time now, so I feel I am ready for this opportunity.”
Very happy 2 have Joined Stoke City :) looking forward 2 the challange and 2 play in the best leuage… http://t.co/6SMjoRwyw5— John Guidetti (@superguidetti) January 14, 2014
The Swede could also be handed an opportunity to test himself against Chelsea, when the Potters visit Stamford Bridge in the fourth round of the FA Cup later this month.
He links up with former City boss Mark Hughes, who is clearly looking forward to working with the young striker.
Hughes told the Stoke website: “We wanted to try and add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that.
“He’s someone who if you get him in the right areas will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he’s a natural goal-scorer."
...Hughes on Guidetti...
“There were several clubs who were interested in taking him on loan and we’re delighted that he has chosen to join us.”
We’ll be keeping you updated on his progress right here on mcfc.co.uk!
Elsewhere, Gareth Barry netted his 50th Premier League goal in some style last weekend with a cracking strike from 20 yards out to give Everton the lead against Norwich. The Toffees went on to win 2-0 and the midfielder put in another excellent display in front of watching England boss, Roy Hodgson.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez said of his loan star: "I have said many times that Gareth is quite unique in the British game. The position he plays, and the experience and the understanding he brings into any team, is a real strength.
"Obviously, if the manager of England needs a player in that position, I am sure he has been impressed with Gareth so far this season.
"He is such a great professional that if he gets a call from England he will be more than delighted to be available for whatever is needed. He is enjoying his football like a young man and he is contagious around the place.”
The midfielder has been seeing action for the under-21 side though, and he faced former EDS teammate Harry Bunn when Crewe travelled to Huddersfield Town. Unfortunately, Evans was sent off for a crunching tackle in the centre of the park.
Scott Sinclair has experienced a managerial shake up while on loan with West Brom. Pepe Mel has now taken over at the Hawthorns and the England international will be seeking to impress the new boss after struggling to force his way into the starting XI in recent weeks.
He was not involved in the Baggies’ 1-0 victory over Newcastle on New Year’s Day, but played the last 21 minutes in the subsequent 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace. He was an unused sub in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
Ellis Plummer has returned to City after the conclusion of his loan to Oldham Athletic. The EDS defender made four appearances for the Latics in his first taste of league football. The experience will no doubt stand him in good stead as he seeks his next steps up the footballing pyramid.
Defender Reece Wabara is also back at City after a successful loan spell with Doncaster. Wabara made 15 appearances for Paul Dickov’s men before suffering an injury in December.
On the continent, Karim Rekik is still enjoying the winter break while on loan at PSV Eindhoven. The young defender will hope to return to action when the Eredivisie programme resumes at the weekend, when PSV will attempt to negotiate a tricky away clash with league leaders Ajax.