After last season’s heartbreak of losing in the League One play-offs, Scunthorpe United will be looking to go one better and secure promotion back to the Championship after an absence of six seasons.
Manager Graham Alexander has already had a busy summer adding the permanent signings of Matt Gilks, Cameron Burgess and Rory McArdle. However, there’s still room for improvement and Alexander may well turn to the loan market in a bid to bolster his squad. Let’s take a closer look at some potential loan targets for The Iron ahead of the 2017/18 season. Get your matched betting calculator and put your money on who will be in the final line up.
Using the loan market is nothing new to Scunthorpe United and maybe reinstating previous loan players could prove fruitful. Alexander has made no secret that he’s keen to bring back midfielder, Matt Crooks, who spent six months at Glanford Park last season.
While another former loanee, who would be welcomed back with opened arms by the Glanford Park faithful is Huddersfield United’s winger, Joe Lolley. Lolley spent a brief spell with Scunthorpe In 2015, and with Huddersfield’s promotion to the Premier League, Lolley could well find himself surplus to requirements.
A likely area of the loan market Alexander may want tap into is the huge pool of young players most clubs seem to have these days. With chances limited at their home clubs, some of these youngsters would relish the chance to play some league football.
The Iron have already allegedly had one bid for Fulham’s George Williams rejected, so a second attempt seems a likely option. There’s also potential with Chelsea’s young midfielder, Charlie Colkett, who spent last season on loan at relegated Swindon Town. As well as Gboly Ariyibi – a player who has tormented Scunthorpe down the years – who is seemingly out of the picture at Nottingham Forest, meaning a loan move away could suit all parties.
Tried and Tested
Every football fan dreams of their club making a big signing ahead of a new season and there’s a pool of players who could well find themselves available for loan in the coming weeks. Former Leicester City and current Rangers striker, Martyn Waghorn could be a perfect fit. Having fired 20 goals in his first season with the Scottish giants, Waghorn struggled last year only finding the net six times, so a loan move could help him rediscover his goal scoring greatness.
Similarly, Queens Park Rangers striker, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was prolific for his former club Bristol City, but has found life tough at Loftus Road – spending much of last season on loan at Gillingham. There’s no doubt that an in-form Emmanuel-Thomas would be a welcome addition to most teams in League one, including Scunthorpe.
The new season is all set be very interesting this year, and undoubtedly Scunthorpe United will be hoping to be in and around the promotion zone come May 2018. We’ll just have to watch this space to see if The Iron are in with a chance of achieving their goal of promotion.