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.
Constantly loaning out a player who quite obviously has no chance of ever making the first-team is perhaps one of the most annoying things in club football.
In Crystal Palace’s case, that man is Ryan Inniss.
For a player to have been sent out on loan ten times in recent years, you would expect them to be a young, up-and-coming prospect who the club are looking to develop, right?
Not with Inniss.
The centre-back is 24 years of age, and surely has no chance of ever getting into Roy Hodgson’s first-team with the likes of Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and Martin Kelly ahead of him in the pecking order.
What makes the situation so much worse, however, is the fact that Inniss is a walking disciplinary nightmare.
He was jailed last year after admitting to hitting a man over the head with a bottle in Beckenham’s Time nightclub, an incident which delayed his Southend United debut.
After that disgusting moment, club chairman Steve Parish said that the academy graduate was on his ‘last chance’ to get himself back on track.
However, after a recent alleged incident, Parish’s patience is surely about to run out.
Inniss is currently out on loan at Newport County, where his most recent outing was a 5-4 defeat to West Ham’s Under-21 side in an EFL Trophy game.
The 6 foot 5 defender received a red card in that game for allegedly biting an opponent, which could see him set for a lengthy ban – Luiz Suarez was banned for 10 games after biting Branislav Ivanovic in 2013.
Newport boss Michael Flynn said: “Their player said he got bitten, so I’ll have a look at that and find out what happened. If he has, it’s inexcusable and I won’t be fighting his corner.”
Of course, as of now the incident is purely an allegation, so we have to give Inniss the benefit of the doubt.
However, if he is found to be guilty of biting an opponent, then that is quite simply unacceptable and one would assume that Parish will no longer defend his player after another moment of sheer lunacy.
Inniss simply isn’t worth the trouble, and Parish would be well within his rights to cut ties with the 24-year-old.