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.
Southampton’s out-on-loan centre-back Wesley Hoedt has fared inconsistently since signing for Royal Antwerp on a season-long loan deal back in the summer.
That isn’t to say that Hoedt has been solely responsible for such a terrible record of shutouts, but if his last outing is anything to go by, the former Lazio man – who cost Southampton £15m – really isn’t having a good time out on loan at all.
The 25-year-old was involved in a thrilling Belgian Cup tie against Genk on Tuesday evening, in which both sides scored three goals each before the game went to a penalty shootout to determine the winner.
Hoedt – who was described as “impressively driven” by the Southampton official website during a feature interview – scored an own goal in the 81st minute when it looked like his side would see out their 2-1 lead.
“It’s rare to hear a team sportsman accept such personal responsibility, but Hoedt is impressively driven to improve himself as well as Saints.”
So, having cost his side the win in normal time with just eight minutes remaining, Hoedt was forced to try and make amends in extra-time.
Unfortunately, he could not, and the cup affair went to penalties as aforesaid.
After having such a wobbly moment in the final ten minutes of normal time, you wouldn’t have expected Hoedt to pick the ball up and take a penalty himself, but that’s exactly what the Dutchman did – perhaps in a belated effort to make amends for his own goal.
However, the situation went from bad to worse for Hoedt.
The Southampton outcast missed his kick from 12 yards, and Genk went on to win the tie after scoring four penalties to Antwerp’s three.
Hopefully, for the sake of Hoedt’s own confidence and consistency, he can do something significant to help his side in the next game, or the pressure may soon begin to mount on the £15m man.
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