After the January transfer window, Arsenal have quite a few players out on loan for the remainder of the season and although most made their debuts for their new clubs last week, a couple were still waiting…
Two more Arsenal players made their debuts for their loan clubs this weekend.
Cedric – Fulham
Cedric Soares joined Marco Silva at Fulham on transfer deadline day. A manager he has worked with previously and a move he wanted to happen all last month finally got completed on the final day of the window.
Cedric’s opportunities at Arsenal had been limited so far this season & he joined Fulham on loan in order to get back on the pitch and get some more minutes under his belt. At 32-years-old he’s nearing the end of his career and he ideally wants to be playing, rather than sitting in the reserves where possible.
The Portuguese right back made his first appearance for the club on Saturday in a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage. Cedric only entered the fray in injury time, but he’ll be pleased to make a winning start to his loan spell all the same.
The right-back had been out of action for the first couple of games with Fulham due to his recovery from injury and his ineligibility for their FA Cup replay.
Now that he’s back, and his main aim will be to break into the starting line-up of a Fulham side who have been playing really well under Marco Silva this season.
Taylor Foran – Hartlepool United
At the other end of the English pyramid, teenager Taylor Foran made his first-ever appearance in senior football on Saturday, playing the last half an hour of Hartlepool United’s draw with Sutton United.
The centre-back helped his side see out the game for a point against a team nine places above them in the League Two standings, keeping them out of the relegation zone.
Whilst Cedric is playing for a potential move away come the end of the season, Foran is playing to establish himself as a professional footballer and his debut was definitely a positive one in that aspect.