The most important thing for the young striker’s sake is that the loan move doesn’t turn into another Huddersfield. The entire point of a loan spell for youngsters is to get game team and gain first team knowledge. If he doesn’t, it would probably be more beneficial for him to stay in the reserves with Liverpool as at least with us he can get time on the pitch, rather than warming the bench.
Such loan spells are only successful though if you really make a case for yourself while on loan to start every match. Daniel Ayala has done so at Hull City where his initial month’s loan was extended to January, and perhaps even to the end of the season, after really impressing in his first few matches for the Tigers. Jay Spearing also managed to start regularly while on loan at Leicester City at the end of last season and Eccleston must show his qualities while on loan this time, making it hard for Martin Atkins or Keith Millen to leave him out of the side.
If he starts regularly, plays in his favoured position and starts to score some goals, then the move could really benefit him, helping him to progress as a player and return to Melwood as a much improved talent.
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