5:00 p.m. November 12, 2020
19:21 November 21, 2020
Loan players come and go – some stay – with varying degrees of success. CHRIS LAKEY looks at some of those who have worked temporarily in Norwich City over the years
It’s fair to say signing loan players is a hit and miss: there’s a Chris Killen for every Darren Huckerby.
Some work, some don’t. For the purposes of this exercise, we will focus on those who have come, stayed for a while, and returned to where they came from.
It’s a tough job for players: they may know they are being “released” because their parent club doesn’t want them. Younger people come to learn – but the boisterous nature of the youth sometimes does not take excursions into central Norfolk well.
Jan Molby: He had his prime when he came to City in December 1995, played five games and scored once. But he was great. Great, as you would expect from a player who has played more than 200 games for Liverpool. When he got to Carrow Road he had some lumber with him, but it was worth gold.
Leroy Lita: Devastating spell, scored seven goals in 16 games during the winter of 2008/09 on loan from Reading. Got a hat trick in a 5-2 win against Wolves. A bundle of strength. Now, 35, he’s playing for Nuneaton Borough this season.
John Kennedy: Stylish center-back brought in by Glenn Roeder from Celtic in 2008. He played 15 games and scored a few goals for Norwich during a period interrupted by numerous serious injuries that ended his career prematurely – a very, very good defender.
Ched Evans: Another new signing for Roeder for the second half of the 2007/08 season came from Manchester City. Powerful striker who scored an absolute striker in the 2-1 win at Cardiff.
Ryan Bertrand: Good quality left-back who was a serious challenge for Adam Drury’s left-back slot. Efficient. Had two loan periods totaling a season and a half, starting in January 2007 with 60 missions.
Fraser Forster: Brought in from Newcastle shortly after being taken over by Paul Lambert in 2009, and played an important role in getting City back to the championship.
David Rocastle: Very popular with Norwich fans. Came here from Chelsea in January 1997 to revitalize his career. Impressed City enough to add another month to the loan, but his salary was a problem and he went back to Stamford Bridge.
Jordan Rhodes: The great striker scored six goals in nine starts and 27 sub-games on loan from Sheffield Wednesday in 2018/19. The fans loved him, and he loved being here.
Patrick Bamford: City was number five out of six on his loan tour from Chelsea. Joined in January 2016, but made no real impression with only two starts and no goals. Quite the same shape as …
Harry Kane: Started a game for City in 2012-13 on loan from Spurs. In a one-on-one with the keeper, a shot shot past the post against West Ham. No goal in 134 minutes in yellow and green. But well done because …
Marcus Edwards: A little trickster from Tottenham who couldn’t get involved in the country in the second half of the 2017 = 18 season. Appeared as a sub.
John Hartson: Striker was playing his last game in professional football when caretaker Jim Duffy brought him to City from West Brom in 2007. He played four times – a big presence, but his legs were gone.
Patrick Boyle: The full-back, who came from Everton in September 2006, played three times but was overwhelmed and his confidence weakened, and went back early with a back injury.
Chris Killen: Four sub-games was the sum of the Scottish striker’s contribution. Came on loan from Celtic in January 2009 but overwhelmed.
Alan Gow: Loaned from Rangers in February 2009. Had a few skills, but scoring goals wasn’t one of them.
Omar Koroma: Glenn Roeder has brought in some good players on loan, and some not so good. ‘OJ’ came from Portsmouth in 2008 but her then boss Harry Redknapp sold his old Hammers buddy a dud.
Ibrahim Amadou: Defensive midfielder looked like it was but barely got any insight. Came on loan from Seville for a season in August 2019: he left after eight starts in January.
Patrick Roberts: Came from Manchester City last July, the winger has never settled, hasn’t started a game and his loan was canceled in January. One that you really thought would work.
Ondrej Duda: One of the scapegoats when everything went wrong last season. Obviously skillful, but rarely brought out his full repertoire. Shame.