Aston Villa loan review: Carruthers, Burke and Bent impress

Darren Bent

Enda Stevens, Nathan Delfouneso, Samir Carruthers, Graham Burke and Darren Bent all feature.

Aston Villa have six players out on loan with different clubs at the moment with midfielder Stephen Ireland the only player yet to make his debut for Stoke City after securing a switch on transfer deadline day.

Enda Stevens

Stevens is currently on loan with League One side Notts County and looking to nail down a position at left back.

The 23-year-old defender has made three starts in as many competitions with appearances in the league, the League Cup and the Johnstones Paint Trophy.

The motive behind Paul Lambert commissioning this move seems to be the idea of subjecting Stevens to life in a very competitive and physical league in the hope that he’ll return a more solid all round player.

Nathan Delfouneso

Delfouneso is currently enjoying his second spell in the Championship with Blackpool where he scored seven goals last season.

The aim for him will be to improve his goalscoring tally and strike rate but he’s yet to bag his first goal of the season despite two starts and one sub appearance in the league.

Villa currently have a very talented pack of attacking players in their first team so Delfouneso will have to work hard until his loan deal expires in January to force Lambert to pay attention to him.

Samir Carruthers

The 20-year-old left sided midfielder is playing with the MK Dons in League One until the start of January and he’s made a very decent start to life with his new side.

Carruthers has made two starts and two sub appearances for the MK Dons in all competitions, grabbing his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw against Bristol City last month.

He’s already picked up two bookings in the league and while he’s made a productive start, Lambert will more than likely be looking for him to curb his aggression in the coming weeks.

Graham Burke

Burke is a 19-year-old centre forward also playing his football in League One but with Shrewsbury Town.

He’s also on loan until the start of January and he will be hoping for more first team chances after bagging his first goal for the club in the JP Trophy defeat to Oldham last Tuesday.

His only start in the league came against League One leaders Leyton Orient, when Shrewsbury went down 3-0.

Darren Bent

The veteran striker finally secured a move away from Aston Villa with Fulham tying him up on a season long loan deal.

He’s made three appearances for Fulham already with a start and a sub appearance in the Premier League and a start in the League Cup. He scored Fulham’s only goal as they lost 3-1 at home to Arsenal last month.

If Bent sees any future for himself at Villa Park then he needs to score goals and put in man of the match performances for the West London side until his deal expires.

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