Darren Moore can help Sheffield Wednesday make better use of the loan market

Maximizing the impact of loaned players is no easy task but, if done right, can be the difference between success or failure in the league.

Last season, the outstanding loan signing in the second tier was Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster, who scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Swansea City before securing a £ 23.5million transfer to Sheffield United. This season, Orlando City’s Daryl Dike has grabbed the headlines with his record nine goals since joining on loan in January.

This season’s loan signings at Sheffield Wednesday will not be long remembered.

Chelsea’s Izzy Brown, Derby County’s Jack Marriott and Cardiff City’s Aden Flint moved to Hillsborough on loan last summer as they were tasked with helping Garry Monk in his quest to stay in the division on Wednesday despite their deduction of 12 points, which was then halved on appeal.

Flint saw his loan cut short in January after making just four appearances before sustaining a hamstring injury in a game against Rotherham United in November that ruled him out until he was recalled by Cardiff. The 31-year-old defender has put in strong performances in his brief spell but has presented too little to have left a real mark on the season.

Likewise, Brown and Marriott were seen as impressive signings this summer, but neither were featured regularly enough under Monk, Tony Pulis, or Darren Moore to live up to the expectation that they would bring a touch of class to the future.

Priscilla C. Carnegie