Loan Watch: Chapman stars again as Pickering captains Crewe


We’re back with our ‘Loan Watch’ series, which will run every week to cover how Rovers’ out-on-loan contingent are performing.

There’s been plenty of action since we last caught up, so let’s dive straight into it!

Harry Chapman

After impressing with two goals against Peterborough last time out, Chapman was looking to impress for the Shrews again on Tuesday night, but the ‘Starman’ was unable to do anything on Tuesday night as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Harry Pickering’s Crewe Alexandra.

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However, the winger was influential on Saturday as Shrewsbury ran out as 1-0 victors away to Swindon Town, scoring the only goal with a well-hit strike from outside the area.

Harry Pickering

After signing for Rovers on Deadline Day, Pickering headed back on loan to Crewe Alexandra, and was thrown straight back into the starting line-up as captain for their victory over Shrewsbury in the aforementioned Tuesday fixture.

Pickering captained his side for their trip to Peterborough on Saturday as well, but it was a disappointing afternoon for the Railwaymen as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough.

Hayden Carter

League One basement side Burton Albion had been without a fixture since 16 January due to COVID-related issues, and they made their long awaited return to action this weekend at home to Hull City.

Hayden Carter started, and played the full ninety minutes, as the Brewers recorded an unexpected victory at home to the Tigers, winning 1-0.

The 21-year-old impressed in the victory, as he has done in the short time he has spent as a Burton player.

Brad Lyons

As has been the norm during his loan spell with League Two side Morecambe, Lyons was a substitute for their trip to Stevenage at the weekend, coming off the bench to play 13 minutes (and stoppage time) in their 2-2 draw away to ‘The Boro.’

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Jack Vale

It was a busy Deadline Day for Jack Vale, who scored in the U23s’ victory over Leicester City before completing a loan switch to League One strugglers Rochdale.

He came off the bench in Dale’s 2-0 home defeat to Charlton on Saturday to make his debut, albeit not in the circumstances he would have wanted.

Joe Grayson

Grayson made a Deadline Day switch to League One play-off hopefuls Oxford United, and he made his debut just 24 hours later as a half-time substitute in the U’s 3-1 Papa John’s Trophy quarter-final win over AFC Wimbledon.

He was then an unused substitute at the weekend as Oxford fell to a 3-2 defeat away at Doncaster Rovers, leaving the U’s six points off the play-offs.

Tyler Magloire

Deadline Day saw Tyler Magloire make a late switch to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, and he was on the bench – but was unused – in Motherwell’s 2-1 win over Dundee United on Tuesday, as was the case for their 2-1 defeat to Celtic on Saturday.

Joe Hilton

U23s ‘keeper Joe Hilton is still awaiting his Ross County debut, being an unused substitute in their 2-1 victory at Hamilton on Tuesday before taking up the same role for their 2-0 home defeat to Dundee United.

Joe Hilton is on loan from Blackburn Rovers. Picture: Ken Macpherson
 Picture: Ken Macpherson

Tom White

After a disappointing loan spell with Bolton Wanderers, White returned to Ewood Park on Deadline Day before moving on a month-long loan deal to National League side Hartlepool.

They were without a fixture at the weekend as their trip to Dover was called off, so White will look to make his debut in the Pools’ home tie with Solihull Moors tomorrow evening (Tuesday).

Charlie Mulgrew

There was no action for Charlie Mulgrew, as his red card against Oxford United last week saw him pick up a one-match suspension.

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