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Lundstram joins Blackpool on loan

by | 06/08/2014  Comments (24)  jump
John Lundstram will spend next season on loan in the Championship with Blackpool, it has now been confirmed.

The 20-year-old midfielder spent time at Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient last season but he will now get the chance to spend an entire season with the prospect of regular first-team football as he continues his development.  


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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 06/08/2014 at 00:27:01
Not being funny but we keep talking about our youngsters needing experience. Well right now Blackpool have about eight players so why not loan a whole bunch of the u21 team to them?
Dave Cook
2 Posted 06/08/2014 at 00:44:44
It’s all over the local news here so it sounds like it’s on.

@Kieran, this is the same Blackpool who had no strikers and still wouldn’t play Vellios

Ant Dwyer
3 Posted 06/08/2014 at 01:18:46
I agree, send them 2/3 players if thatÂ’s possible! Lundstram... maybe Hope or Long and Browning would work well for both parties. If all three went and all managed to get a game, that would offer us a real chance of expanding their potential. You never know it could become a bit of a spine for the future as theyÂ’re all players Roberto seems to like but at the same time I think knows theyÂ’re not quite ready for the Premier League.
Harold Matthews
4 Posted 06/08/2014 at 03:00:53
They had 15 but no goalie, but they’ve now managed to loan one from Cardiff. Lundstram will make it 17. Roberto says he will gain valuable experience but there may be more to it than that. It will be interesting to see how the boy fares. Believed to be lacking in natural confidence, the shambolic setup may do him the world of good.
Derek Knox
5 Posted 06/08/2014 at 04:31:53
John Lundstram was one of the up and coming talented crop of young players, who I thought would have stepped up this year. Seeing him in the pre-season, and having already been loaned out a couple of times already, I was disappointed to see that he didn’t look anywhere near ready.

Maybe, it’s a confidence issue, as Harold alluded to, or maybe he’s not as good as we all thought. I would have thought, that with the meteoric rise, and success of Barkley, who let’s face it was at this time last year, more or less, in the same position that these young ones find themselves in now !

One year on, and Barkley’s fortunes have changed dramatically ! It could be argued, that Ross is an exception to the rule and possessed ’ that something special ’ but it shows what can be achieved.

Which is why I am surprised, that of the crop of hopefuls, it appears that only Luke Garbutt is ready to feast at the big table !

Helen Mallon
6 Posted 06/08/2014 at 05:20:02
Some players are just that – Championship players, it’s not a bad thing and if my boy’s make a living playing for the likes of Blackpool, I would be very proud.
Matt Traynor
7 Posted 06/08/2014 at 06:11:15
Derek #530, I think Barkley is very much the exception.
Without wishing to end up in a sweeping generalisation, I think a lot of young players these days don’t have the same motivation as players of yesteryear.

Too many are swept up by the culture of celebrity (with a pliant media that propagates it) and many of them are millionaires before kicking a ball for the first team. A player should want to make headlines on the back pages, not the front page or inside pages of a gossip mag.

Couple of examples - the Man City youth player who was jailed after killing two people when racing his high-powered sports car. (He’d never played for the 1st team). David Bentley - subject of 㾻m transfers, retired before the age of 30 as he can’t get a club. Drop his wage demands? Why bother when you’re already loaded.

Ross, when he had his leg break that would’ve finished many a player, used his rehabilitation to develop his use of his left leg/foot (in part as he was nervous about too much pressure on the right). Hence why he’s adept at long range shooting / passing with both feet. If he develops to his potential (and he’s nowhere near it), imagine him running at a retreating defence - does the defender show him onto his left? Er, no. Right? Best not...

Part of the problem is these young men are quickly signed up by agencies. Even though they’re limited to 2 year contracts, they’re not savvy enough to shop around. The likes of the ex-vacuum salesman were bad enough, but now there are bigger players like IMG, CAA etc. seeing the potential for multi million commissions on image rights etc. it’s worse.

Derek Knox
8 Posted 06/08/2014 at 08:20:45
Matt # 538

I think you have definitely hit the nail there mate, it’s like a juggernaut who’s brakes have failed. Juggernaut being the collective analogy for agents (spit) high wages, media,etc.

How do you stop it, or even change it’s course safely ?

Phil Brown
9 Posted 06/08/2014 at 08:33:08
Matt # 538

Whilst I agree with your general overview in this specific case I think that the player currently lacks the physical power to make the transition to mens football. If you look at those who make it at a very young age (Rooney / Shaw / Barkley / Wickham) they are very well built and able to deal with the physicality of the Premier League / Championship - although the same features may well mean that they also finish early.

I think that Lundstrum has the attributes to make a Premier League player but it will just take a bit longer for him to get there.

Christopher Wallace
10 Posted 06/08/2014 at 08:39:17
If a loan to Balckpool has the same effect on him that it did on Coleman, I’m all for it !!

It’s approaching sink or swim time for players like Lundstram. Blackpool have a very tough season ahead and we could find out a lot about him.

Minik Hansen
11 Posted 06/08/2014 at 12:30:17
And it’s for a season! Let’s hope Lundstram gets to play some.
David Chait
14 Posted 06/08/2014 at 15:08:18
Great for him... Full season in ine side playing competitive games.. Excellent
Harold Matthews
16 Posted 06/08/2014 at 15:52:53
Phil B. He has put on weight and grown into quite a big lad. All the same, as you pointed out, he doesn't have the power of Rooney, Shaw and co but it's still early days.
Tony J Williams
17 Posted 06/08/2014 at 16:52:10
Can't really see a down side to this loan. (obviously not including injuries)
Jon Ferguson
18 Posted 06/08/2014 at 16:55:53
Helen - 6 - too right! Playing in the Championship is still an incredible achievement. It is supposedly in the top five for attendances in Europe.

How are your boys doing?

Harold Matthews
19 Posted 06/08/2014 at 16:48:35
I don't know who is behind this move. Martinez, Joe Royle or Unsy. Maybe all three. No matter. This boy, according to Stubbsy, has a maturity problem and sending him to a club where everyone is either on loan or on a free is a brilliant idea. No stars, no cliques. Everyone in the same boat. The ideal scenario. We wish him well.
Colin Glassar
20 Posted 06/08/2014 at 17:44:54
Blackpool were great for Seamus so, hopefully, the sea air, the sand, the big dipper, the fun 'ouse and a bit of Blackpool rock will do this lad a world of good.
Kev Johnson
21 Posted 06/08/2014 at 18:31:07
Yeah, but that was the 'Holloway Blackpool', Colin. It was an endearing oh-what-fun-and-can-I-have-a-ride-on-that-donkey-dad model. The current nightmare version of the club is more like a haunted-house-meets-hall-of-mirrors and may traumatise our young players rather than helping them develop. I hope Lundstram doesn't return with his hair turned white with terror.
Dean Adams
22 Posted 06/08/2014 at 19:38:53
Kev Johnson 21

Just what have you got against white hair? Personally I think it is very distinguished!! And, what is wrong with frightening the youngsters every now and then? Did us no harm............................................did it?

Sam Hoare
23 Posted 06/08/2014 at 19:52:38
Good move for him and hope he does well. He will have to in order to have any chance of dislodging McCarthy and Besic over the next few years...
Kieran Fitzgerald
24 Posted 07/08/2014 at 06:57:10
I think the fans at Blackpool are going to really drive the club forward this season. They have carried the club to some extent over the summer. Also, I think the manager and his staff have stayed on and made a real go of things when they could easily have walked away. If they get a couple of decent results at the start of the season it may be a great place to be on loan at.

I don't think we would have loaned them a player if the coaching staff weren't giving off the right vibes.

Tony J Williams
25 Posted 07/08/2014 at 12:05:41
Kieran, do you mean that literally?

The fans will actually drive the players.....because they can't afford the coach

Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 07/08/2014 at 12:13:18
I see former player Shkodran Mustafi had joined Valencia for ٦m - timing is everything in football and it looks like he is one that got away.
Kev Johnson
27 Posted 07/08/2014 at 12:18:27
I dispute your version of events, Kieran. The manager hasn't done a press conference for a while and is plainly seething about the situation. He's evidently hanging on for a bit to see if things improve - walking away would have financial repercussions for him; staying put means he continues to get paid! In no sense have they "made a go of it".

What do you mean the fans have carried the club? I don't doubt that they're loyal supporters and will get right behind the team, but that's as far as it goes. They are not in a position to "drive the club forward" - that's down to the Chairman, who seems to have a very odd way of going about things.

It's chaos there, and I doubt it's a good place to send one of our young players.


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