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Loan Review: Rating each Man City loanee for the 2018/19 season

With the 2018/19 season officially over, we here at Tribalfootballare making sure you know all about how your loan players performed throughout the campaign. For this edition, we run our eye over Manchester City's loanees.



TOP 5 PERFORMERS

1. Lukas Nmecha, (Season-Long Loan) Preston NE

Age: 20

Position: Centre-Forward

A superb breakout season for the young German attacker, who in his first loan spell since joining the club as a boy, impressed all in the Championship. Nmecha played a total of 44 times across all competitions, 41 of which in the Championship. However, still a young and learning striker, Nmecha only started 25 of the 44 games. In the Championship, he scored 4 goals, topped with a superb 7 assists. Sometimes appearing on either wing, Nmecha was a constant presence up front at Centre-Forward for Preston as either a starter or impacting off the bench. Nmecha averaged 1.4 shots per games, 1.6 aerial duels won per game, recorded 26 key passes as well as 37 successful dribbles. A first taste of what perhaps will be a long and illustrious career.

Rating: 8/10



2. Jack Harrison, (Season-Long Loan) Leeds

Age: 21

Position: Right-Winger

A second consecutive loan spell in the EFL Championship, this time for Leeds United, spelled success for the English winger. Making a total of 42 appearances, 39 of which in the Championship, saw Harrison become a regular for Leeds, lining up on the flank. Only 5 of these appearances were features off the bench. Harrison managed to score 4 goals in the season as well as 4 assists, in a Leeds side that fell just short of promotion. He averaged 1.4 shots per game, accumulated 40 key passes, 31 successful dribbles and averaged 20.6 successful passes per game. Harrison will again join Leeds on loan for the 19/20 season and will look to add more goals and polish to his game.

Rating: 7.5/10



3. Aleix Garcia, (Two-Season-Long Loan) Girona

Age: 21

Position: Defensive Midfield

In the second of his two seasons in Spain with Man City's Spanish love interest Girona, midfielder Aleix Garcia kicked on and had an impressive 18/19 season. The Spaniard made 34 appearances, 31 of which in La Liga. 22 of these games were in the starting 11. Garcia scored two goals, both from outside the box and one from a direct free-kick. He also registered 4 assists to go with 29 key passes. The set-piece specialist operated at a pass accuracy of 85%, averaged 1.2 successful tackles per game, recorded 21 total interceptions, averaged 2.3 long balls per game and 0.6 shots per game. After this successful season, Garcia will look to improve further as he looms as a potential future replacement to the likes of Fernandinho.

Rating: 7/10



4. Manu Garcia, (Season-Long Loan) Toulouse

Age: 21

Position: Attacking Midfield

A major step up into Ligue 1 for the talented Spaniard Manu Garcia only resulted in Success. The 18/19 season in France saw Garcia take his game to a new level as he gained much experienced at Toulouse. Garcia made a total of 34 appearances, 31 in Ligue 1. 23 of those matches saw him begin in the starting 11. He notched up 4 assists in the League and scored 2 goals in the Coupe De France. Playing at AM, CM and DM, Garcia registered 22 key passes, operated at a pass accuracy of 80%, averaged 1.2 tackles per game, 0.9 times dispossessed per game (15th in the League) and registered 32 successful dribbles. Garcia's market value rose significantly in his first season at the very top level, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses (and whether it will be with Manchester City).

Rating: 7/10



5. Tosin Adarabioyo, (Season-Long Loan) West Bromwich Albion


Age: 21

Position: Centre-Back / Right-Back

In his first ever loan spell, the young English defender made the big jump to Championship side West Brom for the 18/19 season. Adarabioyo was a mainstay in the successful West Brom side that fell short of promotion in the play-offs. He featured a total of 36 times for the baggies, including 30 matches in the Championship. Playing at both Centre-Back and Right-Back, Adarabioyo made 27 starts and even registered 2 assists. He averaged 3 aerial-duels-won per game, 1.6 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 3 clearances and 0.5 blocks. An impressive first season from the Mancunian who will look for more opportunities in seasons to come.

Rating: 7/10





FULL LIST OF OTHER MAN CITY LOANEES + RANKINGS


Douglas Luiz, (Two-Season-Long Loan) Girona

Age: 21

Position: Central Midfield

The young Brazilian midfielder in the second season of his two-season loan spell in La Liga once again grew in stature. Making a total of 29 appearances in both La Liga and Copa Del Rey, Luiz was a regular in central midfield but missed spells of the season due to injury. Operating at a pass accuracy of 84.5%, Luiz registered 10 key passes in the league and 34 successful tackles, however he did not record any goals or assists.

Rating: 6/10



Erik Palmer-Brown, (Season Long Loan) NAC Breda

Age: 22

Position: Centre-Back

The American defender with many Man City teammates in Holland, found himself intermittently starting at CB with the First Team. Brown spent time in the U21 side but still had a significant presence in the senior side. He made 18 appearances in the Eredivisie and scored one goal. The season ended in disappointment as Breda finished rock bottom of the table and were subsequently relegated.

Rating: 4.5/10



Marlos Moreno, (Year-Long Loan + Six-Month Loan) Flamengo / Santos Laguna

Age: 22

Position: Left Wing

After a decent season in Brazil with Flamengo making 26 appearances with 1 goal and 1 assist, Moreno excelled in the final 6 months of the 18/19 season where he joined mexican first division side Santos Laguna. Moreno made 17 appearances and registered 3 goals and 3 assists.

Rating: 5.5/10



Mix Diskerud, (One-Year Loan) Ulsan

Age: 28

Position: Central Midfield

The American International has plied his trade in Korea across two seasons where he has made 49 appearances, scoring 8 goals and assisting 2. His future at City appears limited however.

Rating: 5/10




Pablo Mari, (Season-Long Loan) Deportivo La Caruna

Age: 25

Position: Centre-Back

The Spanish defender plied his trade in the Spanish second division, becoming a mainstay in defence. Mari made 38 appearances across all competitions and scored 2 goals in the side that finished 7th in the La Liga 2. He has since been sold to Flamengo.

Rating: 5/10



Arajaner Muric, (One-Month Loan) NAC Breda

Age: 20

Position: Goalkeeper

Possibly the briefest Loan spell covered here as the Kosovan goalkeeper played for a sole month in Holland. In this tenure he made a singular appearance, however with perfect stats, as he didn't concede, rendering him with 100% clean sheet record. For the 19/20 season he will be loaned for the season out to Nottingham Forest.

Rating: 6/10



Luka Ilic, (Season-Long Loan) NAC Breda

Age: 20

Position: Attacking Midfield

The young Serbian attacker had a decent season with Man City Loan club favourite NAC Breda, where he made 17 appearances, scoring 2 goals and assisting 3. Ilic battled injury which prevented him from having a greater impact.

Rating: 5.5/10




Patrick Roberts, (Season-Long Loan) Girona FC

Age: 22

Position: Right Wing

This English talent had a solid season at another Man City favourite Girona, where the youth product made a total of 21 appearances but only managed 1 assist and no goals. Roberts will be loaned to newly promoted Norwich City for the 19/20 season where City will hope he takes his game to the next level.

Rating: 5/10



Daniel Arzani, (Two-Season-Long Loan) Celtic

Age: 20

Position: Left-Wing

The exciting Australian who burst onto the world stage at the World Cup played a total of 23 minutes before rupturing his ACL which ended his first of two seasons in Scotland. Finally fit again, Arzani will hope to impress in his second season of his loan spell.

Rating: N/A



Ko Itakura, (Six-Month Loan) FC Groningen

Age: 22

Position: Centre-Back

The Japanese defender failed to make any impact in his 6 months in Holland and could only manage to play a few games for the U21 side in the fourth division. Itakura will rejoin Groningen on loan for the entirety of the 19/20 season.

Rating: 1/10





Ante Palaversa, (Six-Month Loan) Hajduk Split

Age: 18

Positon: Central Midfield

After being signed halfway-through the season from Croatia, Palaversa was sent back to his former side on loan where he continued to excite. In the season total, the Croatian made 30 appearances with 2 goals and 1 assist. Palaversa will join Belgium side Oostende on loan for the 19/20 season.

Rating: 5.5/10




Ivan Ilic, (Six-Month Loan) Zemun

Age: 18

Position: Defensive Midfield

The teenager in his first ever loan move was rather impressive in the Serbian 2nd Division. Ilic in his 6 months in Serbia made 16 appearances from defensive midfield where he scored 3 goals and registered 1 assist.

Rating: 6.5/10



Ernest Agyiri, (Season-Long loan) AFC Tubize

Age: 21

Position: Central Midfield

In his 2nd loan spell from Man City, the Ghanian midfielder headed to the Belgium Third Division where he made 19 Appearances, scored 3 goals and registered 1 assist.

Rating: 5/10



Yangel Herrera, (1-Year Loan + 6 Month Loan) NYCFC / SD Huesca

Age: 21

Position: Defensive Midfield

An ankle injury kept out Herrera in America for the 1st half of the season however he bounced back with a consistent campaign in La Liga. He made 16 appearances (3 at Right-Back) in Spain with 0 goals or assists.

Rating: 4/10



Paolo Fernandes, (Season-Long Loan) NAC Breda

Age: 20

Position: Attacking Midfield

The talented Spanish attacker was shipped to the favourite mini-man city NAC Breda to join his fellow loanees. In a less than ideal season where he flicked between the U21's and the First team, Fernandes made 9 first team appearances and registered a single assist.

Rating: 3/10



Uriel Antuna, (1½ -Year Loan + 1-Year loan) FC Groningen / LA Galaxy

Age: 21

Position: Right Wing

The Mexican winger struggled to impact in Holland where in his mere 10 appearances didn't register a single goal or assist. The 2nd half of the season has been more promising for the youngster who in the first 6 six months of this spell in the US has scored 2 goals and notched up 3 assists in his 16 appearances.

Rating: 5/10




Matt Smith, (Season-Long Loan) FC Twente

Age: 19

Position: Defensive Midfield

The talented teenager impressed in the Dutch 2nd Division where he was a mainstay in midfield, making 37 appearances and registering 2 goals as well as 2 assists. The Welshman will join QPR on loan for the 19/20 season.

Rating: 6.5/10



Brandon Barker, (Season-Long Loan) Preston NE

Age: 22

Position: Winger

The English speedster who plays on right wing had a decent season in the Championship where he was deployed mainly as an impact sub who could worry teams off either flank. Barker failed to have any impact in the 2nd half of the season with nagging muscle injuries ruling him out of the side. In total Barker made 20 appearances, scoring 2 goals and registering 2 assists.

Rating: 5/10



Thomas Agyepong, (Season-Long Loan) Hibernian

Age: 22

Position: Winger

A knee injury followed by a hamstring injury ruined the Ghanian winger's season as he only managed 10 appearances and 1 goal in Scotland.

Rating: 2/10




Collins Tanor, (2 Six-Month Loans) Hobro IK + Thisted FC

Age: 21

Position: Central Midfield

Another of Man City's Ghanain talents, Tanor spent his season in Denmark. The midfielder started in the First Division with Hobro Ik, where he only managed the 6 appearances (0 goals, 0 assists). For the second 6 months, Tanor joined Third Division side Thisted FC. Things didn't really improve as he only managed the 12 appearances for 1 assist.

Rating: 2.5/10



Luke Bolton, (6-Month Loan) Wycombe

Age: 19

Position: Right Wing

The English winger joined League One side Wycombe for the last 6 months of the season. Making 10 appearances (3 starts), the teenager didn't register a goal or an assist.

Rating: 3/10



Aminu Mohammed, (Season-Long Loan) NAC Breda U21

Age: 18

Position: Centre Forward

Almost the archetypal Man City loanee, a Ghanian at NAC Breda, however this time, for Aminu Mohammed it was solely with the U21 side. The forward only managed 4 appearances and 2 goals for the season.

Rating: 1.5/10




*Other Loanees Luke Brattan, Anthony Caceres, Charlie Oliver, Aaron Nemane and Thierry Ambrose were either released or sold following the 18/19 season.

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