Blues playmaker Dan Crowley has completed his loan move to League One Hull City.
He will spend the rest of this season at the KCOM Stadium having fallen out of favour at Blues.
After a promising pre-season Crowley has rarely made the bench this season with Aitor Karanka opting for Jon Toral, Riley McGree and Alen Halilovic in the number 10 role. Indeed Karanka even changed his system when those three were unavailable rather than play him.
Blues fans are likely to be disappointed at the decision to show the former Arsenal trainee the exit door, albeit temporarily, especially as those other options for the number 10 shirt have flattered to deceive. With the exception of 45mins at Reading Toral has hardly set the world alight, Halilovic has spent more time in the treatment room than on the pitch, and McGree, save for a bright performance at Preston, has looked out of his depth.
In fact if the decision to sign McGree was odd (a year’s loan before he joins the MLS), the move to ostracize Crowley, a contracted player, and favour a loanee who probably isn’t as good and who is so short-term, is a head scratcher. If Blues needed to make room within their squad for new additions then why keep a loan player warming the bench when we know he’s off anyway in a few months?
Football though is a game of opinions and as fans we don’t see what goes on behind the scenes or get any real sense of a player’s character, but on technical ability alone you would expect Crowley to shine in League One.
Hopefully he shows what he’s got, proves a point and comes back stronger