Stoke City loan shot as teenage left-back closes in on first team
Left-back Eddie Jones is the last Stoke City shiny young thing to catch the eye.
The 19-year-old trains with the seniors at the same time as help the under-23s to seven consecutive victories as they continue to promote Premier League 2 – and get a call for Wales Under-21s.
He came back from a loan at Telford with a boost and clubs should see if they can loan him next season as part of his development.
It’s the same for Jones 19-year-old Welsh teammate Christian Norton and in-form striker Ethon Varian, who has just been called up for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s as well.
Under 23 coach Kevin russell explained in an interview for the club website: “If you look at Christian, he made his first team debut, he plays regularly in Wales under-21 and he’s in the first team. That’s going to make him known, like Ethon, like Eddie.
“Connor Taylor has now played a good level of men’s football and next season we are looking to see if we can get him a good loan.
“Because the team is so small we have to deal with the workload and if three or four leave the rest stays and maybe at Christmas some come back and some go out. It doesn’t always work that way, but it’s ideal. . “
Michael o’neill hinted that the plan for most prospects who would make it through the final stages of Stoke Academy – and there are more than a few full of promise at the moment – will involve a loan transfer.
Some players could test the water outside of the league before moving on to a league loan in the hopes that, like Tyrese Campbell, Harry Souttar and Joe Bursik, they would then be much closer to Stoke’s first team.
Russell said: “We’ve sent boys this year and you can see the impact. Connor Taylor has been out a few times and the loans definitely helped him have a good season. Eddie Jones went to Telford and came back. in great condition, form, good form, and he was part of the first team and got his first under-21 selection for Wales.
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“Sometimes it can affect your performance and your results in the 23-year-old, but you have to look beyond that and we’re trying to help these boys have careers. It’s great to win and get promoted, but that’s not all.If you have individuals coming in and making a career in football, this is the main thing.
“I spent a lot of time watching Harry at Fleetwood and he came back a different player. Sometimes having to play week after week and dealing with the pressures of league football is great. It’s a tough area and you grow up. fast. If you get a good loan, it’s so positive and your career can kick off. “