FROM the brief glimpse Blackpool fans have had of Callum McManaman, there are grounds for optimism.
When a young kid arrives on loan, it isn’t always a success.
Pool fans know that more than most. Graeme Owens (then Middlesbrough, now at Airdrie), Andrew Barrowman (Birmingham, now Dunfermline), Paul Marshall (Manchester City, now Rochdale), Kristian Nemeth (Liverpool, now unattached) ... the list of lads who have come on loan, failed to impress, then returned to their parent clubs before slipping down the divisions is endless. Ian Holloway has, by and large, had a lot more success in the loan market. DJ Campbell, Stephen Dobbie, Barry Bannan and Jonjo Shelvey prove that.
And 20-year-old McManaman, brought in from Wigan, is hoping to continue the trend. He certainly caught the eye with his cameo from the bench against Doncaster in midweek and could make his first start tomorrow.
The new arrival said: “I want to play and I’m expecting to be involved. Hopefully I can show everyone what I can do.
“My game is all about staying wide, getting at the full-back and trying to make things happen. When I came on the other night, I was aware we needed a goal and so I was positive, getting some shots in and trying to make a difference.
“Tom (Ince) was doing the same. You want substitutes to get on and change matches. Tom certainly did tha and I think I did OK too.”
McManaman was signed up by Everton when he was seven but released at 16.
He added: “That was a massive shock because I was a huge Everton fan, so it was pretty difficult when they no longer wanted me.
“But I think that experience made me stronger. I went to Wigan and have been there ever since.
“Roberto Martinez wanted me to go on loan and get games, and I had no hesitation in coming to Blackpool. Ian Holloway is certainly different to what I’m used to, but it is really enjoyable and a great learning curve for me.
“I’m here until January and my only aim is to play as many games as possible and prove what I am capable of. Forest is a big game for us but a second win of the week can really move us up the table.
“I want to be part of a team doing well in the league, and I’ve seen no reason why Blackpool can’t be up there challenging because we have some really good players.”