Adam Clayton

Leeds have allowed Adam Clayton and Ramon Nunez to go out on loan to gain some first team football.

Clayton, signed from Man City, has had limited opportunities and spent part of the season on loan at Peterborough. He now joins MK Dons in League One until the end of the season including play-offs. Simon Grayson sees 22 year old Clayton as a player for the future and is keen to allow him to develop out on loan. Leeds have included a 24 hour recall clause that can be used after the first 28 days of his loan.

Also out on loan is Ramon Nunez who has joined Scunthorpe United on an initial one month deal. Nunez is currently away with Honduras, despite having very limited playing time at Elland Road.  He will join up with Scunthorpe after the international break. After his recent good performances for the reserves many fans have been calling for him to be tried out by Grayson. This loan move will allow us to see if he’s able to cut it in the Championship.

With Jake Livermore arriving on loan from Spurs earlier today to provide competition for places, it seems slightly strange that we should ship out two players. It may be that neither Clayton or Nunez were near breaking into the first team and Grayson wanted someone who could compete for a place or that the manager has his eyes set on another loan signing, though some may doubt that.

As always, we’ll bring you updates on players out on loan in our regular Loan Watch feature.

  • Richard

    How about holding a prize draw for anyone who can name a midfielder we haven’t had on loan this year?

  • TonY Maroney

    grayson should have given nunez a chance before now, hes done well in the reserves and if he wasnt good enough he should of then been sent on loan or released from his contract. clayton needed to be out on loan earlier in the season

    grayson doesnt give the fringe players a chance, never has and thats why our team strolls through half the season.

    he’d much rather bring in a loan player, one of his major flaws as a manager

  • Matt BB

    so this is the cost for a loan signing, two squad players out? so why sign them in the first place? These were the only two players we brought in on transfer deadline day, and I guess both of them must be wondering what the h*ll they have done.

    Clayton is the more baffling of the two, He’s premier League pedigree, has a track record of doing well at Carlisle on loan and was wanted by several championship clubs – so we get him, and then dont use him?

    I can understand Nunez as maybe he ist used to the speed and physicality of the european game compared to honduras and mexico, but look at hernandez at Man U?

    I have to say I am less than impressed witht these two not getting a stint even on the bench?

    • Gryff

      MattBB: When Grayson signed him he stressed that he did not see Clayton as a first-team player. He was there to fill a gap in youngsters coming through. I wouldn’t view him as a ‘proper’ signing like Connolly or McCormack.

      • Matt BB

        i can see your point, and we of course signed Zac Thompson in a similar vein, perhaps to boost the reserves? but surely in his time at carlisle, and even playing first team for city he has put himself ahead of that group? He has been pretty good in the reserves, and plays a role we need to fill. I am sure livermore will be a good player no problems there but I hate to see players being treated this way, when they could offer us something.

  • Matt BB

    The only other thought I had on Nunez was look who Scunthorpe are playing in the next 6 games, QPR, Burnley, Millwall they could actually do us a favour if they take points of any of those sides.

  • CJ

    Good luck to Nunez.
    His talents are oviously wasted at Leeds. Can’t understand why Grayson would bring in yet another injury prone, young, unproven midfielder on loan? Let’s hope Nunez can do the business against our promotion rivals.

  • Gryff

    To me, Nunez moving to Scunny is an interesting one. At their ground, everybody has to play fairly centrally and he’ll have to take on opposition defenders if he hopes to score. In general, I can see a counter-attacking game away from home suiting him. From what I’ve seen of him he looks pacey and has a good pass on him.

  • tim campbell

    I for one hope that the two guys do well when out on loan. Obviously nunez could do us and himself a favour by sticking a few into the back of the net against our rivals. I fully expect to see Ross McCormack starting very soon, his confidence must be skyhigh after his sparkling displays in the reserves of late

  • Graham Hugill

    Don’t know anything about this Livermore character – lets hope he has a better Leeds career than David Livermore!!

    On another note I am a little disappointed Clayton has gone out. I have been watching the reserves and have been really impressed with him recently. He seems to be playing that sitting role with aplomb. Still, if Simey-G wasn’t going to play him I guess he is better off experiencing proper competitive football at the top of League One.

  • Graham Hugill

    Don’t know anything about this Livermore character – but lets hope he has a better Leeds career than David Livermore!!

    On another note I am a little disappointed Clayton has gone out. I have been watching the reserves and have been really impressed with him recently. He seems to be playing that sitting role with aplomb. Still, if Simey-G wasn’t going to play him I guess he is better off experiencing proper competitive football at the top of League One.

  • CJ Livermore isn’t unproven, he’s actually played alot and in the Championship and in the Premiership.
    Is there any Tottenham fans out there that can shed a light on what kind of player he is? Dont be shy.
    This loan will do Nunez and Clayton some good, especially Nunez to taste real competitive football and at Championship level.
    Im looking forward to seeing what are new academy boss is making of our youths, im sure we will find out next season if any of them star making the bench or if they get shipped out on loan.
    I think Aiden White will be a starter for us next season if were still in the Championship because I can see us finding it hard to keep hold of players like Gradel and Snodgrass, then we will probably need to look to youth also depending on Sam’s fitness and if Watt would come back next season too.