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Lundstram recalled from latest loan

31/12/2014  Comments (14)  jump
John Lundstram's season-long loan at Blackpool has been curtailed at the halfway stage by Everton who will recall him on 3rd January.

The 20 year-old midfielder played 17 times for the Championship side this season in what is his fourth spell out on loan in the last couple of seasons as he builds his first-team experience in the lower leagues.

Lundstram has spent time at Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient and Doncaster racking up 35 appearances before making the temporary switch to Bloomfield Road in August.  

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Christopher Williams
1 Posted 31/12/2014 at 22:18:13
A friend who is a Blackpool season ticket holder said Lundstram was rubbish! Perhaps itÂ’s not good to loan young players to teams like Blackpool who are total rubbish as it can only drag the youngsters down! We must be careful not to destroy our youngstersÂ’ confidence; perhaps Joe Royle can keep a watchful eye on future loans...
Ant Ellis
2 Posted 31/12/2014 at 23:39:42
Seemed to do ok at Doncaster, was sent back from Yeovil, not sure about his time at Orient but doesn't appear to be pulling up trees where ever he goes.

I may be wrong but I get the feeling this may be an attitude issue, speaking to one or two people "in the know", they seem to think he's got a big time Charlie persona without having much to back it up.

Hope I'm wrong but I think we can forget about John as far as we're concerned, hopefully he carves out a decent career for himself at a lower level.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 01/01/2015 at 02:35:09
Wonder why we recalled him?
James Flynn
4 Posted 01/01/2015 at 06:11:57
Window's opening. Looking to sell?
Matt Traynor
5 Posted 01/01/2015 at 06:44:06
James #4, under this board more likely looking to sell Stones and use Lundstram as his replacement!
Mark Bryan
6 Posted 01/01/2015 at 10:10:12
Matt Traynor, I am all for having a go where it’s due, but your statement is just wrong.

You can blame the board for loads of things but underselling players isn’t one of them.

Sam Hoare
7 Posted 01/01/2015 at 11:09:37
20 now and been dropped from the worst team in the championship. Not looking great for the lad and probably got one more loan shot to prove he's capable of stepping up in time...I suspect will end up at Brentford or similar.
Ant Summers
8 Posted 01/01/2015 at 11:39:25
Whispers are PNE want him, not sure if its loan or buy.
Phill Thompson
9 Posted 01/01/2015 at 11:43:05
Sam, it looks like Brentford are aiming higher, they've bought the young Rangers prospect Lewis Macleod whom we've been linked with. For a reported £1 mill he would have been worth a punt from us and an immediate loan out or loan back to Rangers.
Mike Cawley
10 Posted 01/01/2015 at 12:41:20
I live in Blackpool and live amongst and work with many BFC fans. I agree with Christopher (#1) that unfortunately they donÂ’t really rate him at all. In fact he is now rarely in their starting line-up.

Realistically we can forget him as cover as he is clearly not up to it.

Steavey Buckley
11 Posted 01/01/2015 at 13:04:16
Too many young players hit a brick wall at Everton, and appear to be going nowhere. This is mainly caused by young players being forced on a diet of youth football, then forced out on loan, where the standard of football, coaching and training are not of the highest standards. The solution is to bring back reserve team football, where younger payers can play alongside and against more professional first team players. This is how it used to be, before the FA got involved, and damaged this successful transition from youth to first team football.
Andrew Keatley
12 Posted 01/01/2015 at 13:42:26
I have always really liked what I have seen of Lundstram.

He's technically very good; two footed, decent passing range and accuracy, positionally very assured. What he isn't is quick. Or particularly dynamic. Or full of energy. He's in a similar mould to Michael Carrick. Neat and tidy, but not always eye-catching.

He did extremely well in the England junior teams alongside Ross Barkley, but I feel like his confidence might have been hit by losing the captaincy (to Conor Coady of Liverpool I think), and then being made to play wide right of midfield, and then dropped altogether at the Under 20s World Cup 18 months ago.

Scott Bosworth
13 Posted 06/01/2015 at 17:52:33
A Hibs supporter is a friend of mine and when I asked him about the recall, he gave me this report:

" When he made his debut for us the majority of Hibs fans were very impressed. He had a good few tricks and was fast and direct. It was refreshing to see a player always look to take a man on. However his final ball often let him down.

Then Stubbs changed our formation around focusing on wing backs, thus eliminating wingers, and since that we have been on great form only losing 1 out the last 15, so Kennedy didn't get a look in. He had the chance to be the hero in our League Cup Quarter Final against Dundee United, which after a 3-3 draw in 120 minutes went to penalties, he stepped up with the chance to win it for us - missed. Then they scored and we missed again, goodbye Semi Final.

I feel if he continues to develop that he has all the attributes to be a decent player. Mainly his final delivery."

So, the "failure" there does appear to boil down to some missed opportunities on Kennedy's part, but also was affected considerably by a tactical change that worked for the club, but not Matty.

Scott Bosworth
14 Posted 06/01/2015 at 17:55:13
Whoops--meant for that comment to go on the Matty thread about Matty Kennedy also getting recalled.

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