How all of Man City’s loan players have fared this season
Like most of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, Manchester City have a vast network of players out on loan. Many have never played for the first team, and are unlikely to do so, while others are hoping to force themselves into Pep Guardiola ’s plans.
Angelino – RB Leipzig
Having triggered a buy-back clause in Angelino’s contract last summer, he was back at the Etihad just a year after leaving for PSV. The Spanish left-back was short of opportunities after Benjamin Mendy’s return to fitness so was sent on loan to RB Leipzig at the end of the January transfer window.
Angelino made five league appearances for the club currently sitting third in the Bundesliga, scoring in a 5-0 win over Schalke. He also played his part in knocking Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League, crossing for Marcel Sabitzer to head home his second goal in the return leg at the Red Bull Arena.
Pedro Porro – Real Valladolid
Four days after joining Man City, Pedro Porro was loaned out to Real Valladolid, who had narrowly survived relegation from La Liga the previous season. They are four points clear of the bottom three as it stands, but the right-back’s impact has been limited, with just seven starts in the league.
Zac Steffen – Fortuna Dusseldorf
The American goalkeeper started the season as Fortuna Dusseldorf’s first choice, making 17 appearances in the Bundesliga before problems with a persistent knee injury flared up. Steffen hasn’t played since the winter break and returned to the Etihad last month for further tests.
Jack Harrison – Leeds United
Leeds United are top of the Championship and have promotion in their sights. Jack Harrison has been one of their standout players this season, with five goals and seven assists to complement his tremendous work rate. As a favourite of Marcelo Bielsa, he has started every single league game in his second season on loan at Elland Road.
Ante Palaversa – KV Oostende
Despite missing several weeks with injury, the Croatian midfielder has still had a productive loan spell in Belgium. A regular starter when fit, even though Oostende have struggled towards the bottom of the table, Palaversa has been exposed to a different football culture. The teenager hadn’t played outside his homeland until this season, having returned to Hajduk Split on loan as soon as he joined Man City.
Philippe Sandler – Anderlecht
The Dutch defender, who signed for City from PEC Zwolle in July 2018, is another loanee who has had to contend with injuries. He was heavily involved in the first few weeks of the season, often partnering Vincent Kompany at the back, but has been out with a knee injury since October. Anderlecht’s form has improved in his absence.
Aleix Garcia – Mouscron
Like Palaversa and Sandler, Aleix Garcia has also been gaining experience of Belgian football. The midfielder has been a key member of the Mouscron team, starting all but one league game since joining them in September, although he has faded somewhat after a spectacular start. Garcia scored four goals in his first three games, but has found the net just once in his last 20 appearances.
Tosin Adarabioyo – Blackburn Rovers
The Manchester-born centre-back, who joined the City academy at the age of five, continues to gain valuable Championship experience at Blackburn. Whereas last year’s loan spell with promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion often saw Adarabioyo fielded out of position at right-back, he has been used exclusively through the middle by Tony Mowbray.
The 22-year-old announced in a recent interview with the Guardian that he hopes to one day captain his boyhood club. Tall, competitive and comfortable on the ball, he made his debut in the FA Cup under Manuel Pellegrini.
Patrick Roberts – Middlesbrough
The tricky winger has been at City for nearly five years, heading on loan to four different clubs in that time. He was a roaring success during his two seasons at Celtic, but stints with Girona, Norwich City and now Middlesbrough have proved frustrating.
Roberts spent the first half of the season at Carrow Road, making just four appearances for the Premier League’s bottom club. That deal was cancelled in January and he joined Middlesbrough instead. A hamstring injury he picked up soon after joining has limited him to three games for Jonathan Woodgate’s side.
Lukas Nmecha – Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough have struggled for goals all season, and so has Lukas Nmecha. The German striker failed to score during six fleeting appearances for Werder Bremen in the first half of the season and is yet to get off the mark in eight outings for his new side.
Arijanet Muric – Nottingham Forest
The Kosovan international’s spell as Forest’s number one goalkeeper was short-lived. After four games he was displaced by Brice Samba, a permanent signing from Caen who has been one of the club’s best players this season. Muric has had to settle for a spot on the bench instead.
Ko Itakura – FC Groningen
Immediately after joining City last January, Ko Itakura was sent on loan to Groningen until the summer of 2020. He didn’t make a single appearance for the club in his first six months but has been a regular ever since. Typically used at centre back, he can play in defensive midfield too.
Luka Ilic – NAC Breda
The Serbian attacking midfielder has also been enjoying his time in Dutch football. While Itakura has been playing in the Eredivisie, Luka Ilic is in the second tier with NAC Breda. He scored in each of his first two appearances for the club, against FC Dordrecht and Helmond Sport respectively, and has added a further three goals since then.
Ivan Ilic – NAC Breda
The 19-year-old joined Man City alongside his brother, and they were sent on loan together too. Ivan Ilic, the younger of the two, plays slightly deeper. He has chipped in with three goals during his time at NAC, who are aiming to return to the top flight.
Daniel Arzani – Celtic
Celtic have continued to dominate Scottish football during Daniel Arzani’s two years at the club, but the Australian has struggled desperately with injury. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his debut against Dundee in October 2018 and finally returned to first-team action just a couple of months ago.
It’s been a difficult period for the young Australian, who was recruited from Melbourne City shortly after being involved in the last World Cup, but Celtic manager Neil Lennon is reportedly keen to extend his loan deal for another year.
Ryotaro Meshino – Hearts
At the other end of the SPFL table are Hearts, who have endured a miserable season so far and remain bottom despite a change of manager. Meshino has been fleetingly involved for the Jambos, often from the bench, contributing three goals in 19 appearances. He has ability but often flatters to deceive.
Erik Palmer-Brown – Austria Vienna
At the age of 22, the American international is playing in his fifth different country. Following loan spells in Belgium and the Netherlands, Austria was the next step for the young defender. He overcame the setback of being sent off on his debut to become an important player for his new club.
Marlos Moreno – Portimonense
Another serial loanee, Marlos Moreno has added Portugal to his list of destinations, alongside Spain, Brazil and Mexico. Signed for £4.75million on the back of impressive performances at the Copa America, the Colombian international’s progress has stagnated.
Joel Latibeaudiere – FC Twente
Game time has been hard to come by for Joel Latibeaudiere during his first loan spell. The defender, who was part of the England squad that won Under-17s World Cup three years ago, has made five appearances in the league for Twente, all of them at right-back.
Yangel Herrera – Granada
Newly promoted Granada have been one of La Liga’s surprise packages this season. They sit in the top half of the table and Yangel Herrera has played a major role in their success. The Venezuelan defensive midfielder also helped them to reach the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.
Matt Smith – Charlton Athletic
The uncertainty that surrounded Charlton’s takeover meant that the club were operating on a limited budget during the January transfer window. Matt Smith arrived on deadline day having not played as often as he would have hoped at Queens Park Rangers but has remained a peripheral figure at the Valley.
Claudio Gomes – PSV Eindhoven
The French youth international joined City after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in July 2018. He soon made his debut in the Community Shield success a month later, spending mere seconds on the pitch, but was limited to just one further appearance for the first team. He has been playing regularly for PSV’s second string in the Eerste Divisie.
Ernest Agyiri – Enosis Neon Paralimni
Five years on from his arrival at the Etihad, Ernest Agyiri is no closer to making his breakthrough. The 22-year-old is currently on loan to Enosis Neon Paralimni in Cyprus. He has three goals in 19 games for the relegation-threatened side.
Thomas Agyepong – Waasland-Beveren
The Ghanaian winger was plucked from the Right to Dream Academy in 2015, much like his compatriot Agyiri. Neither has made much headway in the intervening years and Thomas Agyepong has made just five starts for Waasland-Beveren this season.
Luke Bolton – Luton Town
After enjoying consecutive promotions, Luton have found the Championship to be hard going. They are six points from safety with nine games remaining. Luke Bolton has gained valuable experience at right-back, building on his previous loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers.
Paolo Fernandes – Perugia
A promising start couldn’t be sustained by Paolo Fernandes, who has fallen out of favour at Perugia. He hasn’t featured since December as they have dropped into the bottom half of the table. Massimo Oddo was replaced as manager of the club in January.
Felix Correia – AZ Alkmaar
A bright prospect pursued by several of Europe’s biggest clubs last summer, Felix Correia elected to join Man City. Loaned out to AZ, he has been playing for their reserve side in the Dutch second tier. So far the Portuguese winger has registered three goals and five assists in 23 appearances.
Thierry Ambrose – Metz
A record of 18 appearances and no goals tells its own story. Thierry Ambrose has struggled with the step up to Ligue 1 this season, after spending the previous campaign in the division below with RC Lens.