Since he has come in from Liverpool, Harry Wilson has absolutely lit up the Championship, and has been absolutely outstanding for City.
Without him, City wouldn’t be safe and sound in the second tier with two games left in the season. He has been the spark in the attack that City have needed to really start attacking defences and create openings. He has been directly involved in ten goals in just eleven games and City will no doubt be looking to get him on a season long loan next season.
It has been said though that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been keeping an eye on his progress, so Wilson may be looking at a first team appearance if he keeps his performances at the level that they have been over recent weeks. Wilson has been a successful loan, but who else was a brilliant loan signing for City over the years? Let’s have a look..
Obviously Frazier Campbell is a permanent player at City now, but the striker was on loan at the Tigers for that famous 2008 side who gained promotion to the Premier League. Campbell was a lot younger in those days, and was still on the books at Manchester United. Great things were expected of him but unfortunately he has been plagued by injuries throught his career. Campbell was Deano’s right hand man throughout the season, and added some frightening pace to the City side.
Marlon King joined on a season long loan in 2008 in preparation for City’s debut year in the top flight. Despite what was going on with him behind the scenes, he was a fantastic striker. He scored some crucial goals at some important times – the one springing to mind being at St James’ Park against Newcastle early on in the season. He scored 5 goals in his spell at City, making 20 appearances in the black and amber.
City haven’t had much luck with goalkeepers on loan in recent years, but Vito Mannone was fantastic. He put in some really good performances between the sticks, and quickly made a name for himself as a serious fans favourite. His career hasn’t really taken off since, and he has had some woeful performances at Sunderland, including that 8-0 shambles at Southampton a few years ago. I would still have him back today.
Craig Fagan was fantastic for city. Despite being well known to City fans when he was a permanent signing, he originally joined on loan from Derby County. He turned out to be a brilliant addition for the Premier League season to come in 2008. Fagan was certainly a fans favourite, and was a top class forward. He also had injuries which hampered his career, but he was fantastic when he was fit.
Hull City made Josh King. Period. The forward now made a great name for himself in the Premier League playing down on the South Coast in Bournemouth. Josh King didn’t spend Long at Hull City, but he certainly made an impact. He added some crucial pace up front and some crucial strength, which was really lacking. City would now be lucky to get him for less than 10 million – just one of the players made because of City.
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