This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
Back in the summer, League Two side Newport County announced the signing of Charlton academy graduate Taylor Maloney on a season-long loan deal, much to the manager Michael Flynn’s delight.
“I’m delighted to get the signing of Taylor over the line. Taylor is highly rated at Charlton, he’s energetic and can create but also does the other side of the game very well, going from box to box and doing the dirty work.”
As of now, the 20-year-old – who has made ten first-team appearances for Charlton – was struggling for game time with the Wales-based side.
Maloney has registered just one start in League Two under Flynn, but surely made the Newport boss and the manager of his parent club Lee Bowyer sit up and take notice with a stunning performance last time out.
The midfielder netted a hat-trick in the comprehensive 7-4 win over Cheltenham in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday evening, his first ever goals in senior football.
Without getting ahead of ourselves, one hat-trick in the EFL Trophy won’t have Bowyer on the phone to Flynn desperately trying to recall Maloney, although it could be presumed that the youngster’s showing will have given the Addicks boss some food for thought.
It takes a special kind of player to find the back of the net from midfield, one who can time his runs to arrive late in the box and get on the end of things – just take a look at Conor Gallagher and the way he has scored his five league goals so far in almost Frank Lampard-esque fashion.
Actually, forget Lampard. The way Flynn describes Maloney as “energetic”, as well as “creative” and able to do the “dirty work” reminds us of a certain Bowyer in his playing days.
The 42-year-old scored 79 goals from midfield throughout his playing career, while also being known as a tough-tackling, box-to-box presence.
Having been with the south Londoners since U14 level, one would assume that those at The Valley are aware of what Maloney is and isn’t good at already – however, his first real eye-catching display in senior football must have made Bowyer sit up and start thinking.