After scoring on his debut for Huddersfield Town while on loan from Liverpool last season, it seemed that Nathan Eccleston was about to show the footballing world what he could do. His goal against Yeovil after coming on as a substitute should have bode well for the rest of his loan spell at the Terriers. It proved, however, to be a false dawn. After being sent off for a reckless tackle in his third match against Gillingham, he was duly replaced in the team and was left to rue his mistake as he played out the rest of his loan spell on the bench. When he did come on he invariably played wide left and was far less effective than in his natural position up front. Eccleston’s loan spell demonstrated that not every temporary move to a lower division club can be a positive step.
Surely though, it is better playing first team football at a lower level rather than playing another season in the reserves. Sky Sports are reporting that both Southampton and Bristol City are interested in taking Eccleston on loan. Apparently both Southampton manager Nigel Atkins and Chairman Nicola Cortese were watching as Liverpool reserves lost 3-1 Chelsea on Monday night. It is believed the Saints want Eccleston in the squad for their match against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Both Bristol City and Southampton would give the 19 year old a great deal of experience, but only if they pick him to start in most matches, and are prepared to play him as a striker. In this regards, the Saints maybe a better bet for not only are they at a lower level and may require a striker of Eccleston’s standard more urgently, the South Coast club also have a certain Rickie Lambert on their books; a player who fires in the goals and has a tremendous amount of experience which Eccleston can learn from.
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