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Manchester City's John Guidetti a 'must-loan' for Championship Play-Off chasers

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Should Crystal Palace, Watford, Nottingham Forest, Leicester or Brighton make an effort to loan John Guidetti from Manchester City?

This time last season John Guidetti had the football world at his feet. After rattling in 20 goals in 23 games for Feyenoord on loan in the Eredivisie, he was attracting interest from Italian giants AC Milan and preparing to dazzle for Sweden at Euro 2012.

A thigh injury prevented him from playing at the tournament, and as the medical team at City discovered further complications, his hopes for this season were dashed, failing to register a single appearance for City, or even going on loan.

Now though, he is back fit and raring to go, scoring two goals for City's youth side in a 3-2 loss to Norwich on Monday.

Chances at City look unlikely, so Guidetti's only solution to prevent this season being a total write-off is to secure a last minute loan. 

He would have to step down to the Championship, with the loan deadline closing on March 28 (next Thursday), it would be a wise move for him to get some competitive football under his belt.

Not only that but he has an opportunity to go somewhere and achieve glory, by turning the screw on one of the top teams' promotion challenges, and score the goals to secure a play-off place, victory, or even an automatic promotion place.

In recent years Championship sides have used last minute loans to positive effect, Fabio Borini at Swansea in 2011 one example, DJ Campbell at Blackpool in 2010 another.

Guidetti is a striker who had he not been injured, should be playing at a level above the Championship, but it's needs must for him at this stage of the campaign, and one lucky Football League side can be the recipient of his frustration and keenness to make up for lost time.

It does not have to be short-term either. Guidetti's lost season means he is unlikely to be a starter at City next year and he will likely go on loan to a Premier League side for his development. He signed a three-year-contract last year so there is no rush for him.

So if Guidetti signs on loan at a club, gets them promoted, he may just have found a destination for next season.

Cardiff appear to have promotion almost wrapped up, seven points clear of second place Hull with a game in hand; but four points separate the Humberside club with Crystal Palace, and Watford in third and fourth.

Leicester, Nottingham Forest and Brighton in fifth, sixth, and seventh are separated by just three points. With eight games left each, it really is all to play for.

A striker like Guidetti could just be the difference maker, for any club lucky enough to sign him, and City would be sensible to allow him to go and save his season and make someone else's.

Would you like to see Guidetti at your club?

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