Confirmed Loans - Jack Byrne & Angelino
By Steven McInerney, Thu 09 July 2015 20:10
Steve McInerney takes a look at the two latest EDS players to go out on loan
After previously discussing which EDS players could leave the club on loan this summer, I thought I'd take a closer look at the two transfers already finalised for this coming season. Irish u21 international Jack Byrne was the first to make a move. He signed up for twelve months with Eredivise outfit Cambuur, quickly followed by his EDS team mate, the eighteen year old Spanish left-back, Angelino, who confirmed a spell with City’s sister club New York City until the end of the MLS season. More are expected to follow, and this was always likely to be the case if last season was anything to go by. There was a vast exodus of academy hopefuls to various corners of the world this time last year as they left in the search of experience and first team football, as the club made space for players to step up from the u18s. EDS regulars Denayer, Facey, Lopes, Cole, Hiwula, Leigh, Bytiqi and Rusnak all left, while the likes of Evans, Rekik and Plummer sought further spells out on loan following time spent away the year before.
That trend won't subside any time soon either – the club is all too aware of the need for testing its potential future stars in more challenging environments away from the relative comforts of the City Football Academy. It’s a necessary step, and after excelling in the u21s both Angelino and Byrne were both pretty high on the list of potential loanees this summer. Highly thought of at City, they’re both possibly already above the level of youth football based on their performances last season. They exerted themselves well at all levels last season, often individually proving match-winners with typically committed performances. These moves have seemingly come at the right time. Byrne’s in particular, given that he’s no longer eligible for the Uefa Youth League or the FA Youth Cup, leaving game time potentially a little on the sparse side. Angelino's move makes sense too - his stars continuously rising, and his performances last year almost demanded he'd be given first-team football in some form this year. He's young, but you can't keep a good thing down.
For those unfamiliar with either I thought I’d go into a little more detail about them individually and what we can expect this season from them…
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