Manchester City loan watch: Keepers continue to shine but Tommy Doyle and Alvarez sidelined


Manchester City moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League with a convincing 4-1 win over local rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Although the Merseyside side have a game in hand, Pep Guardiola will be delighted with how his side have bounced back from their loss to Tottenham Hotspur just two weeks ago. Meanwhile, those on loan continue to impress away from the Etihad.

Manchester Evening News takes a closer look at City players plying their trade elsewhere:

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Tommy Doyle (Cardiff) : Following his man of the match performance last week, Doyle sadly missed Cardiff’s impressive 2-1 away win over QPR through illness, with manager Steve Morison confirming he should be out back in action next week.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Stoke City) : The 20-year-old continued his spell on the right of Stoke’s back five but couldn’t stop Josh Bowler from helping Blackpool secure the three points for Blackpool with just five minutes remaining. The Potters remain in 15th place, still trying to gain ground in the tight race for a playoff spot.

Finley Burns (Swansea) : After making his Manchester City debut earlier this season in the Carabao Cup, Burns has been sent out on loan in the hope of earning more senior minutes. However, with the Swans winning their last two games, Russell Martin remained with his trusted XI and that left the youngster as an unused substitute.

Ben Knight (crew) : The youngster has been back at City Football Academy since the start of 2022 to try to recover from his long-lasting foot injury. However, some positive news this week has come in the form of his first minutes back on the training ground – although it’s unclear what role he could play at Crewe for the rest of the campaign.

Yangel Herrera (Spanish) : The Venezuelan enjoys regular playing time at Espanyol and was key in their 2-0 home win over Getafe last weekend. He was deployed, as he usually is, at the base of a two-man midfield.

Julian Alvarez (River) : The man on everyone’s lips. Unfortunately, Alvarez missed River Plate’s 1-0 win over San Lorenzo on Saturday through illness but has already shown – with his hat-trick just a month ago – just how much talent City have acquired.

Julian Alvarez has been tipped to develop and continue his goalscoring exploits at Manchester City.

Yan Couto (Braga) : The full-back was another player whose arrival in Manchester caused a lot of excitement. Couto was loaned out to Braga, where he usually starts, but only made a brief appearance on the bench in a 1-1 draw with Boavista last weekend.

Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth) : A goalkeeper who the Pompey manager told reporters is destined to play Premier League football, Bazunu was between the sticks of a side that hammered Accrington Stanley 4-0 on Saturday. Time will tell what City’s plans are for the Irishman but he has certainly made a good impression.

Morgan Rogers (Bournemouth) : As Scott Parker confirmed last week, Rogers has returned to the CFA to train with City after an unsuccessful loan spell was cut short.

James Trafford (Bolton Wanderers) : Another goalkeeper with a huge personality, Trafford has made it very clear that he intends to become City’s number one in the near future. A fan favourite, the youngster played all 90 minutes in Bolton’s 3-0 win at Gillingham.

Callum Doyle (Sunderland) : Given huge praise for his skill on the ball, many felt Callum Doyle would be a huge hit. He was, however, an unused substitute for the Black Cats last weekend.

Issa Kabore (Troyes) : The right-back is enjoying a successful spell in the Troyes first team – testing himself against fine opposition in Ligue 1. His stealing form continued over the weekend, with the French side earning an impressive three points at Bordeaux.

Pedro Porro (Sporting CP) : Sporting bounced back well from their 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City and continued to chase Porto with a 2-0 win over Arouca on Saturday. Porro, who is normally a regular starter, was only used on the bench on this occasion.

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