Championship Manager Discusses Imps Loanee Recall

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Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray has admitted he could recall Jack Diamond this January.

The wide man has been in good form, earning a Player of the Month nomination recently following his hat trick against Bristol Rovers. He also bagged against Derby County and has looked to be a bright spark in the Imps forward line. Sadly, as with any loan player, there’s a chance of a recall, but it’s not usually October when that talk starts. However, in a chat with the Northern Echo, new Mackems’ boss Mowbray admitted he keeps a close eye on his young talent.

“Every loan I’ve ever done has a recall clause, so we’ll be able to bring him back in January if we want to,” said former Blackburn boss Mowbray. “We watch Jack’s clips every week. He was nominated for the Player of the Month the other month, and scored a hat-trick a couple of weeks ago.”

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“I actually saw him play in Sunderland’s pre-season game at Hartlepool – I was there with the Hartlepool owner and Gary Pallister, who is a good friend – and I thought Jack Diamond played well that night. He looked sharp and clever with the ball down the left-hand side, always chopping it back and putting it across the box. But then a week later he’d gone on loan.”

Sadly, Mowbray also highlighted one issue with the loan market; if a player does well, he’s often recalled and if he does poorly, he’s not wanted anyway.

“If he goes away and is sub all the time, not getting into a lower-league team, then he’s probably in the right place, developing and learning what it’s like to be subbed off or left out of the team. But if he bangs in 20 goals before January, this club have to sit there and think, ‘Right, hang on a minute, why have we got an asset away scoring all those goals?’”

That certainly doesn’t sound like good news for City fans, who were stung a couple of years ago when Forest recalled 14-goal Tyler Walker. Of course, I’ve been critical of articles like this in the past, but it seems Jack Diamond is already on the lips of his parent club, despite only having been at Sincil Bank for six weeks or so. Still, I’d love to see him hit double figures by Christmas and get recalled, rather than do bugger all until New Year and have no chatter about him, sadly.