Loan Watch: Nunez scores and Clayton looks to play-offs Tim Hodge May 8, 2011 Loan watch 14 Comments The last day of the season in the Football League saw the end of the time away for many of the Leeds loanees – only Adam Clayton is involved in the play-offs. It’s been a mixed season for many of the players but they will all be looking forward to renewing the fight for a first team place or perhaps looking for pastures new in the summer. Ramon Nunez scored his third goal for Scunthorpe as they drew at home to Portsmouth. It was a fantastic twenty yard strike and he could have extended his tally after going close with another long range effort. His contract is up in the summer so it remains to be seen how much time he will have left at Leeds United. Aidy White and Adam Clayton played ninety minutes each as MK Dons got the better of Oldham. Clayton’s through pass took a deflection to set up the Dons opening goal. Some Oldham fans have complained about White’s inconsistency but would still like to see him at Boundary Park for another season. It could happen as Simon Grayson suggested this week that, though he’s not ruling out his first team chances at Leeds, he could well go out on loan next season. Clayton will stay with MK Dons until their involvement in the League One play-offs is over. Fede Bessone played ninety minutes for Charlton in a goalless draw versus Hartlepool. According to fans he had a decent enough performance and even managed to test the opposition goalkeeper. A nightmare start to his Leeds career and an inability to convince the Charlton faithful during his time in the capital leaves doubts over his future. Tom Lees played the full ninety for Bury in a 3-3 draw away to Stevenage. As we highlighted earlier in the week, Grayson has not ruled out Lees’ future involvement in the Leeds first team but has suggested there are clubs interested in taking the young defender on loan next season. Loan players will return to Leeds and, depending on individual contract extensions, will take part in pre-season. fred i like cheese but not french cheese derbyshirewhite Clayton to return as back-up to Keith Southern with Johnson out of the door. Not much improvement if so. What else does Nunez have to do to convince SG? Colin It is evident from the last two games that the Peacocks best strategy for next season is to line up 4-4-2.I think SG has finally realised that he needs to keep as many midfielders as possible and refrain from using the same four each week, rotate the squad as much as possible, even if it means only changing one person a game. Duval Anybody else heard the rumour that SG been playing away from home with a female member of staff from thorpe arch? Apparently snodgrass grassed him up to the powers that be before the millwall game and that’s why he didn’t travel with the squad to that game, the players not happy and would tie in well to our loss of form! Subsequently SG to get sack this week, hope it’s not true, MOT Ramblinjohn I heard he had an affair with Leslie Ash, Eric Cantona and Osama bin Laden…hope it’s not true MOT Matt BB no but i did hear the rumour that snodgrass was injured and thats why he didnt play at millwall.. Grayson an affair – are you serious! Paul Cranswick We need to spend some time developing our younger talent and get a boss who will do that and be given the time to do that. It is the only way forward for us and this model is the one that has worked for us before. Lees, White, Cairns, Thompson, L Turner, N Turner, Kebbie and Poleon should be blooded in our team next term and be part of a squad big enough so that they can play a role without our having to depend upon them exclusively. I think we need quality over quantity. If the rumours are true and Snoddy and Kaspar will leave for big money – we should assemble a squad that can do the business – IN Westwood (Cov), Doyle (Bham as backup), Parnaby (Bham), Beevers (Wednesday on a fee), Arca (Boro), Walton (Plymouth), Danns (Palace), Johnson (Man City Fee), Townsend (Spurs Fee), Nugent (Pompey. I would find a new home for: Higgs, Bruce, Bromby, Naylor, Connolly, Parker, Bessone, Kilkenny, Johnson, Grella, Paynter, Clayton. 10 in 14 out. Kisnorbo, O’Brien, Howson, Nunez, Sam, Gradel, Becchio, McCormack, Somma to remain. With the kids above we have 27 and a much better balance. No more loanees as it degrades a club of our standing. peter I don’t think SG has a clue about potential of players. He seems to see things in players that nobody else does, they can play rubbish for weeks but he keeps them in, in the hope they will have a great game, just to prove himself right. We need a great game from all the players consistently, not once in a blue moon. SG blew this season! I just hope this time he learns from his glaring mistakes and seemingly poor man/squad management. Clive Sanderson When Nunez leaves Leeds in the Summer for nothing he’ll do very well wherever he goes. Shame it will not be at Leeds. Dje Bad timing, Clive! It’s just been announced that Nunez is staying with us now for another season. The LUFC website says Higgs and Naylor are going too. Matt BB i dont think Nunez will leave Leeds, hes proven he can perform at championship level, and should get a chance with us. Buts lets face it the team really does need an overhaul everywhere but up fron and on the wings! I cn only see Howson, Snodgrass and Gradel as fixtures in our midfield, no one really good enough in defence or central midfield. Not being in the payoffs may be a blessing in disguise, we can start our planning now and attract players who want a pop at a promotion season from the championship. Nugent’s a free from Portsmouth, Monty should cost naff all from Sheff U, i think we should have a decent shot this summer. Dje I think he has Swansea’s Pratley and Blackpool’s Southern lined up for our central midfield combo. They’ll both be free transfers, where as Montgomery would still cost us something. Tracy Well put, sir, well put. I’ll cternaily make note of that. Craig Glad to hear that Nunez is staying. But with his reputation for scoring long distance screamers I hope he doesn’t become another hit-and-hope player like Bradley Johnson was last year.