Championship loan players in play-offs
FooteLive assess Championship loan players and which of the current crop can make an impact in the upcoming play-offs.
All of Huddersfield Town, Fulham, Reading and Sheffield Wednesday are set to fight for play-off promotion.
The four sides set to be involved previously snapped up players on loan deals to boost their chances.
There has been a mixed success for those four teams’ temporary players, though.
So, we look at Championship loan players and who could have an impact in the play-offs?
It’s Huddersfield that have arguably benefited the most from recent loan deals this season.
They recruited both Izzy Brown and Kasey Palmer from Chelsea to boost their midfield.
Meanwhile, Liverpool owned goalie Danny Ward and Manchester City’s Aaron Mooy have also been superb.
The Terriers are seen at 11/4 with BetVictor to gain play-off promotion this year.
All four mentioned players have been constant features for the Yorkshire side throughout their respective spells.
Stamford Bridge prospect Brown arrived from a previous loan with Rotherham United to help his current side.
His Blues teammate Palmer has been there all term, netting five times in over 25 games on all fronts.
Anfield’s Ward has made over 40 outings since last term, with Man City’s Mooy also starring across the campaign.
With so much young talent and promise, Huddersfield will be confident when taking to Wembley for their play-off bid.
Loan deals rating: 4/5
The bookies see Fulham as the front-runners for play-off success, being 2/1 favourites with BetVictor.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s Cottagers have been making great use of loan players this season in the second tier.
They snapped up clinical frontman Chris Martin from Derby County at the start of the campaign.
The 28-year-old has gone on to rack up double figures for Fulham since arriving at Craven Cottage.
His importance is proved by the fact they have not lost when he has scored this season, winning seven and drawing twice.
Meanwhile, another couple of youngsters from Chelsea have made their impact in their ranks.
Highly rated Brazilian Lucas Piazon has shone too, netting on his debut last year and dispatching some vital goals.
His parent club teammate Tomas Kalas has been a key feature on loan as well.
The 23-year-old Czech Republic international has been a solid loan acquisition in the heart of Fulham’s defence and will be crucial in their play-of bid.
Loan deals rating: 3/5
From the good to the disappointing next in our Championship loan players to watch in the play-offs.
Reading have managed to make it into the running for promotion to the Premier League.
But they’ve done it without much help from any of their loanees.
Versatile West Ham United prospect Reece Oxford previously turned down the advances of Manchester United, but has struggled at the Madejski Stadium.
The 18-year-old was involved in that 7-1 thumping to Norwich City after arriving earlier in 2017.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth forward Lewis Grabban has also under-performed after a winter window switch.
He did manage to net in wins over Aston Villa and Rotherham, though, so could yet prove his worth.
Crystal Palace attacker Jordon Mutch is another who has failed to live up to expectations.
Loan deals rating: 2/5
In terms of loan deals, Sheffield Wednesday haven’t prospered from any of such moves this season.
Middlesbrough owned poacher Jordan Rhodes has been prolific in the Championship throughout his career.
But since departing Blackburn Rovers for Boro, he has faltered in front of goal.
A loan switch to the Owls was seen as a chance to revive his form and fortunes, but that hasn’t been the case.
Meanwhile, West Bromwich Albion winger Callum McManaman has also stuttered and been unable to rejuvenate his career at Hillsborough.