At the moment Southampton have two players on loan and appearing regularly in the first team in Guly do Prado and Richard Chaplow. Both are with the club until the end of December and have shown that they definitely have something to offer.
Do Prado is a very good back-up for the strikers and a skilful attacking midfielder, and Chaplow is combative and incisive in midfield, offering a more adventurous approach at times. Many fans hope that both will sign for the Saints in the January window, but only time will tell.
Three Saints’ players have taken the opportunity to go out on loan to other teams. Paul Wotton has gone to add experience to the newly promoted ranks of Oxford United in League Two. More intriguingly, two players are on loan at clubs in the Championship;.Joseph Mills is a young player who is well-liked by Saints fans, but who has found himself behind Dan Harding and Ryan Dickson in the pecking order for the left back slot, so he’s off learning more at Doncaster, and Jason Puncheon has just gone on loan at Millwall.
Fans sometimes wonder what these loans do for their club. For Oxford, they have a good team man who is very experienced and will help along younger players. Doncaster have a chance to have a good look at a young talent who should end up playing at that level anyway, and Millwall have cover for an injury-hit midfield.
At the end of last season there was some disappointment that both Papa Waigo and Michail Antonio left after their loans spells with the Saints. However, it could be argued that if Antonio had stayed, Alex Chamberlain would have had to wait longer for his opportunity in the first team.
What’s more, although Papa Waigo was great entertainment value with his pace and ‘the dance’, he was on the fringes last year. But they were a part of the great day out at Wembley, when both scored goals in the JPT final – and for that reason they’ll be remembered for their stay and for their role in bringing silverware to the club.
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