Pool stars to go on loan

Matty Phillips looks set for a return to the lower leagues on loan.
Matty Phillips looks set for a return to the lower leagues on loan.
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IAN Holloway is preparing to loan out some of his senior stars – and even those with Premier League pedigree could be set for stints at lower league clubs.

As the Pool boss looks to strengthen his squad with more loan signings, expect him to make way for them by sending some squad members elsewhere on short-term deals.

Out-of-favour attackers Billy Clarke and Matty Phillips look the players most likely for spells elsewhere – and anyone who is loaned out must prepare to drop down a level, as Holloway won’t allow them to join a rival Championship club.

Holloway hinted at what lies in store when he said: “I do believe in my lads and I believe I will loan some of them out.

“They will go and play, and then they will be closer to playing in my team.

“And there might be some surprises in there – I might loan out some of the ones who played for me last year.”

That could mean Neal Eardley and Ludovic Sylvestre also entering the frame.

Holloway believes a loan move can be an ideal way to rediscover lost confidence.

He added: “I might loan out people who I don’t believe are in a totally good vein of confidence at the minute. I’ll loan them out to lower (league clubs) and get them back to us.

“I won’t loan them out to Championship teams. Why should I? Why should I help them?”

It’s no surprise that Holloway is enthusiastic about bringing in more loan signings after the instant impact made by man of the match Jonjo Shelvey in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Bristol City.

Holloway said of his smash-hit from Liverpool: “He only trained with us on Friday when we managed to get the deal done.

“I took a risk in playing him straight away but I believe the way we play will really suit him.”

Shelvey certainly wowed the supporters on Saturday but Holloway feels that meeting their raised expectations is a problem.

He added: “What has changed is that the chairman has some money and everybody else thinks that we must win matches.

“But how do you get performances? You encourage people and they are enthusiastic.”

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes Shelvey’s move to Blackpool is mutually beneficial.

The Reds boss said: “It’s helpful to everybody. Jonjo’s a very promising player for us but the difficulty for us is to get him a game.

“He needs games and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that. Blackpool have got a good quality player and it’s educational for us because we’ll get to see him play.

“It will also be educational for Jonjo because he’s playing at a good level with a good club.

It’s a chance for us to see him, and for him to develop and push harder for a first-team spot here.”