“We all know I’ve used the loan system well in my year-and-a-half in charge with the likes of Liam Walsh, Connor Roberts, Liam Shephard, Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher proving invaluable.” – Darren Way, June 2017.
It was a bold statement from the Yeovil Town manager. Darren often waxes lyrical about himself and last week he was talking-up his loan-dealings in an interview with BBC Somerset.
It’s difficult to argue with the names mentioned above, although Liam Shephard was originally signed on loan by Gary Johnson during the 2014/15 League One season and Paul Sturrock brought Connor Roberts in on loan.
“I have to make sure I do my homework because the loans are so important and I have to make sure they’re the right player.”
How much homework did the Glovers’ Gaffer do on these, then?
Jack Storer – Signed from Birmingham until the end of the season during the January transfer window. He lasted 45 minutes in his first game against Crawley before returning to Birmingham before the end of January due to personal reasons.
Shayon Harrison – Tottenham prospect Harrison signed on in January on loan, too. Having been prolific for the Spurs academy sides, he was presumably brought in to find the back of the net. Harrison scored once in 15 appearances for the Glovers.
Owain Jones – The “sorry we’ve sold one of your players, here’s one just as good” loan. Seemingly came in as a favour for us after Swansea sold Ryan Hedges in the middle of his season-long loan. Jones was touted as a winger/number ten/striker but his true position may never be known since he only made two appearances in Green and White.
Tahvon Campbell – Campbell was one of Darren’s more memorable loans – mainly for a stunning goal in a 2-1 victory against Crawley. He scored two goals in 42 appearances for the Glovers whilst on loan from West Bromwich Albion – not the best return for a striker.
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro – Akpa Akpro was also signed in January 2017 to find the back of the net. A paltry return of 2 goals in 13 appearances was significant during a time when the Glovers picked up just three wins between January and May.
Brandon Goodship – If ever there was a ‘make up the numbers’ signing, Brandon Goodship was it. A bang-average loan spell in 2015/16 was followed up by a six-month deal in January 2016/17. Goodship was released and has signed for Weymouth Town since.
Kabonga Tshimanga – 0 minutes in a Yeovil Town shirt.
Pre-Season started today. YTFC social media posted photos of the beautiful Jurassic Coast. Running up the cliffs by the sea, lovely. Hopefully there will be photos online and a good game of ‘Guess Who’ at the some point.