Ipswich to confirm early January move as Leicester U.21 looks further on their recruitment plans and loan policy

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George Hirst made a huge impression last season when he turned out for Portsmouth. Despite heaving interest from Pompey no sale happened and instead a new loan move to Blackburn came around. His time at Blackburn looks up and a new loan spell is said to take place this week at Ipswich.

Ipswich are currently 3rd in League One as they chase Plymouth and Sheffield W. To get a player like George Hirst in will of course be of great importance as he knows the level well and despite not scoring in his league games for Rovers, he must be eager to go for this new challenge.

There are still a long way to go in this January transfer window, and we do believe that players can be tempted away from the U.21 set up and join up with other clubs. Thakgalo Leshabela recently returned from his loan spell at Crewe, and could of course be of importance for the U.21’s, to help in a battle and fight on to stay in the PL2 for next season.

Lewis Brunt, currently a player at U.21 level, being overaged and also listed among the 25 players available for Premier League selection, you would surely see him as a possible loan option for clubs at level three and four.

Interesting to see how the club will deal with Sammy Braybrooke and Kasey McAteer, both with grand progress, but still not possible to see them taking too much part in the first team for the rest of the season. A loan switch could be on. McAteer made a loan move to Forest Green last season and helped them to promotion.

Sammy Braybrooke is a fantastic young talent, but still a bit away from being involved on a regular basis in first team affairs. Loaning him out would probably not be the worst decision.

There are of course other names in the frame, but the balance must be considered so the U.21 team can be competitive in every game.

Robert Huth has returned to Leicester in a capacity of helping out and following up all loan players as they all are seen and not forgotten in the daily life of their progress. This will be very important, especially when players are not selected and being overlooked by their loan clubs.


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