Loan Watch: Guidetti makes Premier League debut
- 21 January 2014 11:48
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Mere days after finalising his loan deal to Stoke, John Guidetti emerged from the subs bench to make his Premier League debut.
The young striker had a very successful loan spell at Feyenoord in the 2011/12 season, and after being forced to endure an injury-hit 2012/13 campaign has now been given the chance to shine in English football’s top division.
Guidetti started the match on the bench, but with the Potters 1-0 down to Crystal Palace late in the game Mark Hughes turned to the City youngster to try and salvage some points for his side.
The 21-year-old only had 11 minutes on the pitch and was unable to affect the outcome, but made a promising start to what everyone hopes will be a fruitful spell at the Potteries.
Thanks for all the really Nice comments ♥️ I am so so angry that we lost the game ! Thanks for everyone Who travelled and showed support— John Guidetti (@superguidetti) January 18, 2014
The Swede was positive about achieving his own ambitions, as well as helping his new side climb the table and ending an undesirable run of five Premier League matches without a win.
"I hope I can prove myself," Guidetti told the Sun after making his first appearance in Stoke colours.
"I know Man City believe in me. If I can score as many goals as I can until the end of the season, you never know."
"It is most important we get Stoke up the table and start winning as a team."
On the continent, promising centre back Karim Rekik continues to play a key role in a young PSV side.
The Eredivisie returned from its winter break this week and Rekik completed all 90 minutes of a tough assignment away to league leaders Ajax. Although PSV lost narrowly 1-0 to the home side, they had the better of the opening 45 minutes and Rekik himself was called upon to make a crucial block to keep the scores goalless.
The youngster is said to have caught the eye of Inter Milan – although that is just paper talk!
PSV now sit in 8th place in the Eredivisie and will be aiming to climb the table to secure a Europa League place without having to go through the qualifiers.
In England’s League One, George Evans emerged from the bench on the 86th minute as Crewe Alexandra went down 2-1 at home to Leyton Orient.
The Railwaymen sit in the relegation places and are now two points from safety, and Evans will be hoping he can help the Alex gather a few more points before his loan spell concludes in early February.
As ever, Gareth Barry continues to impress for Everton. The Toffees slipped to a 1-1 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns, but Barry completed all 90 minutes to chalk up his 19th appearance for Roberto Martinez’s men.
The midfielder experienced momentary joy when he provided a chance for Sylvain Distin to divert the ball into the back of the net late on, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
Gareth Barry made 31 passes in the first half. He needs to make 34 in the second half to reach 1000 passes for Everton in the EPL this term.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 20, 2014
Barry is also gaining the fans seal of approval, with plaudits appearing across twitter.
Gareth Barry is superb for Everton. Always in the right place.— Gareth Millard (@gmillard789) January 20, 2014
Gareth Barry was some signing for Everton..pulling the strings again tonight #underrated— Stephen (@Stephenburke6) January 20, 2014
On loan at West Brom, Scott Sinclair was not involved in Monday night’s clash.
CITY v WATFORD: With great family prices for the FA Cup 4th round tie with Watford on 25 January (3pm kick-off), the Blues are expecting another bumper gate for the visit of the Hornets.
Last season, almost 47,000 packed the Etihad Stadium for the FA Cup third round tie with Watford and with kids prices starting at just £1 and adult prices starting at just £15, demand is likely to be high as the Blues look to progress to the last 16 of a competition that has seen City feature in two Wembley finals in the past three seasons.
Don’t miss out – details here