As we begin to cover and report upon our youngsters out on loan, a feature that’ll be present on a gamely basis now on HammyEnd.com.
Cauley Woodrow: Cauley continues his role as very much a rotational/bit-part forward within the Bristol City set up, coming on for the final ten minutes as the Robins threw away a two goal lead at Leeds United.
Woodrow has started five games in total this season, three of which coming in the league with the remainder of his sixteen appearances as an introduction from the substitutes bench. He’s scored twice so far this season, possibly not the best loan for him with his Fulham future now looking bleak after a decent spell at Burton Albion last season.
Mattias Kait: Fulham’s Estonian is seldom spoken about amongst the terraces but a good talent will learn from a tough spell out at Ross County playing Scottish Premiership football under the watchful eye of Owen Coyle.
Mattias played the full ninety on his debut on February 3rd as Ross County won their first match in thirteen with a 4-1 at Dundee. This past weekend, our Estonian international put in another sixty minutes of action with the ‘Staggies’ picking up a 1-1 draw at home to Hearts as they put together a two match unbeaten run.
George Williams: In many ways, the forgotten man at the football club. Rated highly as he came through alongside Moussa Dembele, Patrick Roberts and Emerson Hyndman but a serious knee injury during a much needed loan move at MK Dons has stumped his development. After having another spell at Dons, before that, a loan at Gillingham, Williams is now in a position where getting a run of games should take precedent. Joining St Johnstone in January, Scottish football has been good to all three of his former team mates mentioned above and you hope that this will have the same effect for the Welsh forward.
A knock prior to joining delayed his debut but it eventually came this past Sunday as he played 65 minutes in a 0-0 at Celtic (where Moussa Dembele did come off of the bench). He was utilised as the second striker in a 352 system which’ll be interesting to continue see develop; having come through initially as a inverted winger, cutting in from the left hand side.
Marek Rodak: If you ask me, a Fulham number one in the waiting. The Slovakian took a much needed step into League One and has begun to blossom as Rotherham’s starting goalkeeper. Paul Warne’s side have gotten better as the season has progressed with Marek Rodak starting 23 matches, lower as he leaves to play for Slovakia’s under 21s during international breaks. In Marek’s 23, he’s lost just the five and kept six clean sheets: the most recent of which being at Shrewsbury in a 1-0 win pulling them five points away from the League One leaders.
Kept busy in most matches, Rodak rises to the occasion with some impeccable displays in between the sticks. Was rewarded with a new contract this month keeping him contracted to the club until 2020 which would take him to seven years at the football club.
Stevie Humphrys: A mercurial talent, Humphrys got sent to League One to assist them in an upwards battle against relegation. Yet to score, Humphrys came off of the bench to play the final four minutes for his debut in an away win at Northampton. He started the following game in a 3-2 loss at Bristol Rovers. His home debut came in the biggest match of his career and one of the biggest of Rochdale’s recent history; a glamorous tie against Tottenham Hotspur. A news worthy match saw Rochdale steal a replay despite going a goal down in the 88th minute and despite his lack of goals thus far, Humphrys must be impressing on the training pitch to be awarded a start against the experienced (and excellent) Toby Alderweireld and the highly rated Argentine Juan Foyth; he was removed after a hard working 75 minutes. Always had a goal scoring touch and high level technical ability with question marks more hovering over the professional and preparation aspect of being a footballer. This spell at Rochdale may bring him down to earth and do him the world of good.
Elijah Adebayo: The last of our loanees is plying his trade in League Two with Cheltenham Town, coached by Gary Johnson, a Fulham supporter who took Dan Burn and Stephen Arthurworrey whilst he was in charge at Yeovil Town.
Elijah had been excellent at under 23 level prior to his deserved loan move and it is his first venture into the Football League after some non-league spells last season. Yet to nail down a starting berth, Adebayo has been in and out for Johnson’s side so far with Mohamed Eisa one of the first names on the team sheet in the other striking berth. So far this season, he’s scored twice and has an assist to his name despite only playing 267 minutes and 67% of his shots have been on target.
He’s worked hard to improve his game as a striker after a season with him being trialled as a centre back at under 18 level. The 20 year old signed a new deal prior to his move keeping him tied down until 2019. A big few months for him and his career with this loan spell.