MK Dons take Swansea starlet on loan in bid to strengthen play-off push

James Loveridge has joined MK Dons on loan, joining a large number of promising young players on loan at the club.

19-year-old James Loveridge has joined MK Dons on an initial loan deal for one-month, following other Premier League players Samir Carruthers of Aston Villa, Jordan Spence of West Ham and Larnell Cole of Fulham. 

The Swansea youngster has featured in the Swans FAW Youth Cup wins in 2011 and 2012, scoring a hat-trick in the most recent final. That season also saw Loveridge step up to the U21 team. MK Dons manager Karl Robinson said, as reported by Sky Sports: "He's quick, he's a good size and I like the fact he's grounded in the Swansea way. He can play anywhere across the top three but he ultimately wants to be a number nine. 

"It's his first loan spell away and he needs to adjust from under-21s football to men's football. But he wants to get better and we're excited at the prospect of working with him."

Loveridge is expected to go straight into the squad to face Stevenage on Saturday and help the Dons – who sit 7th – to continue on with their quest to play in the Championship. The striker, whose dad also played for Swansea and scored twice in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in the 1982-83 season, will know that he has every chance of making it into the Swansea first team if he continues to prove himself. 

Swansea have a great record of utilising players from their academy, with Leon Britton having made over 400 appearances to date all the way from the bottom of the football league to the top. Most recently Ben Davies has broken into the team at left-back and thoroughly impressed in the Premier League. 

If Loveridge can prove he can make the step up from under-21's football, Swansea fans could have an exciting homegrown striker in their team over the next few seasons. 

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