A belated round-up of the last two week’s action with regards to our loannees…
The biggest story is that we may have to keep Bebe next season as Besiktas will only decide whether to buy him at the end of the season after suspending the striker for indiscipline.
The 21-year-old was removed from the first team because of “disorderly conduct and undisciplined behaviour”.
The Portuguese and two other players were photographed outside a nightclub before Monday’s derby with Galatasaray which they lost 2-0. He also missed their second play-off fixture which they also lost 1-0 to Trabzonspor, ending any chance of them being crowned Turkish champions.
“Coach Tayfur Havutcu will decide whether the suspension will be lifted next week,” said the Turkish club.
The two other players – Sidnei and Julio Alves – were also suspended.
Bebe has made just three appearances for Besiktas this season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury at the start of the campaign following a one-year loan switch, a deal that includes the option of a permanent move.
“No decision has been made for the future of any player in our squad yet, and will not be made before the end of the season,” a Besiktas spokesman said.
Oliver Norwood got an assist as Platt nodded in from close range from his cross to leave his side four points adrift of safety with three games to go but his side were eventually relegated. Coventry were relegated to League One after losing at home to Doncaster, although a win would not have been enough thanks to results elsewhere. This didn’t phase Norwood though as he was Coventry’s best player, creating a string of opportunities, most notably a cross to Richard Keogh from a corner which the defender headed wide. He was equally impressive in their 1-0 loss against Milwall where the team looked uninspired as they stared relegation in the face. However, Norwood did have an attempt at goal as he thumped over as the hosts searched for a breakthrough.
After enjoying a good run of form both Joshua King and Robbie Brady have fallen down the pecking order at Hull as Matt Fryatt is scoring for fun, three in his last four, which has seen limited opportunities for the two youngsters. However, with Hull now unable to be promoted, after missing out on a play-off position, we may see them get a run-out in the final game of the league this weekend. King did start last week against Tomasz Kuszczak’s Watford but was not able to make a mark on the game apart from a header which was narrowly off target from a Robert Koren cross. Brady made a brief appearance but didn’t manage to test Kuszczak. The Pole was busy though as he kept out ex-Red James Chester’s header from a Dawson corner and also blocked a Matty Fryatt strike. Kuszczak was less impressive in his following two games against Peterborough and Brighton as he conceded four goals in two games including a Lee Tomlin penalty which he got fingertips to. Both King and Brady were on the bench for Hull’s 3-1 home win over Barnsley and it was all about hat-trick hero Fryatt which left Brady with only 10 minutes to show what he could do. King played for the final half hour but was similarly disappointing. They were again watching from the sidelines as Scott Wootton’s Nottingham Forest
John Cofie scored his third goal for Royal Antwerp in their 2-1 loss to Eendracht Aalst. The 18-year-old ran onto a through ball from team-mate Prince Bobby (I kid you not) and slotted home after just six minutes in the penultimate game of the season. He was sharp throughout but couldn’t double his money when Bobby squared the ball to him after a fast counter-attack, shooting straight at the ‘keeper. Cofie played 90 minutes in Antwerp’s previous game against Sporting Charleroi where they ran out 3-0 winners but did not find the net in this game as his pal Bobby snatched a brace.
Some slack defending by Reece Brown saw Oldham concede a late equaliser against Preston as he allowed Danny Mayor to skip past him and chip in a pinpoint cross from the left and Holroyd simply headed in from two yards out.This followed another draw, with Wycombe, and now means Oldham will remain in League One next season after hovering above the relegation zone for the last few weeks.