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.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has enjoyed a decent start to life up in south Yorkshire, he’s guided the club to ten points from a possible 15, and their exit in the Carabao Cup was certainly no mark on his ability as the Owls managed to register more shots at goal than their Premier League opposition Everton.
The 40-year-old has had to work with a squad that has been built by others too – Steve Bruce originally in the summer had signed most of these players and when he acrimoniously departed for Newcastle United, caretaker boss Lee Bullen then added to it.
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Monk would probably have liked to sign a player or two of his own so that only goes to show the sort of job he has been doing so far.
Another thing that faces the former Swansea City man is the fact that he has several players out on loan that he may not get to watch as much as he’d have liked, so it is crucial they perform well in order to spark his interest as they could well play a part in his long-term plans upon their return.
Connor Kirby is currently at Macclesfield Town, the first loan club of his career, and he will have to do an awful lot more to attract Monk’s attention.
Being a midfielder at any club is particularly tricky as this is where you can often find the most technically gifted and higher quality players – this is no different at Wednesday with the case of Massimo Luongo proving testament to that.
The summer signing only made his first start of the season at the weekend as regular Sam Hutchinson was suspended. He’s also got to compete with Barry Bannan, who has the most assists in the squad with three.
Luongo is a top player in his own right as Football FanCast have outlined in the past.
While Kirby has to play well enough on loan to be considered amongst those players at least unless Monk brings anyone else in during the January transfer window.
You also have to consider the other promising talents in his position at the club, such as Conor Grant, who appears to be one of the more highly-rated youngsters at the club.
At the moment, it is just unlikely that Kirby will be able to return amongst the senior fold at Sheffield Wednesday.