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Loan Watch: Henshall joins Tractor Boys

Alex Henshall

Alex Henshall

EDS winger Alex Henshall has joined Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season.

The England youth international has already impressed on loan duties with Bristol Rovers this season, and will now be aiming to prove himself at Championship level with the Tractor Boys.

Henshall will be hoping to make his debut for the club in Saturday’s clash with Nottingham Forest, and help Ipswich towards a play-off place.

Happy to have signed for #itfc until the end of the season, really looking forward to it! 👏

— Alex Henshall (@AlexHenshall11) March 24, 2014

On the continent, Karim Rekik continues to be one of the first names on the PSV teamsheet after forming an impressive partnership at the centre of defence with Jeffrey Bruma. The Dutchman played another 90 minutes as PSV saw off Roda JC 3-1 to climb to second place in the Eredivisie behind Ajax.

Rekik has spoken off the benefits of his loan spell in his home nation’s top division, playing the majority of games for his loan side despite being sidelined with an ankle problem earlier this term.

Karim Rekik

He said: "It would be awfully nice if I can stay at PSV for another year. I have enjoyed my time at PSV.

"It's also good for my development that I play here. Because I have played so many games this season, I have become a better player."

Meanwhile, back in England George Evans started both games for Crewe in the last seven days. The midfielder played the first 77 minutes in the Railwaymen’s 3-1 victory over Gillingham, but could not prevent his side going down 3-1 to fellow strugglers Notts County over 90 minutes on Tuesday.

The defeat leaves the Alex hovering just a single point off the League One relegation places, and George will be hoping to extend his run in the starting XI as Crewe aim to beat the drop in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, Emyr Huws was forced off after 29 minutes of Birmingham’s 2-1 loss to Reading at the weekend with a recurrence of a hip problem that also kept him out of Tuesday’s clash with Millwall.

Albert Rusnak was an unused sub for the Championship side in both fixtures.

In the Premier League, Gareth Barry continues to cut an influential figure for Everton, who remain close contenders for the Champions League places. The midfielder played all 90 minutes in both games this week, as the Toffees took maximum points off Swansea and Newcastle.

No English player has completed more passes (1429) than Gareth Barry in the Premier League this season. pic.twitter.com/pU9iJKOq2R

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 26, 2014

Scott Sinclair was given just over 10 minutes to impress in West Brom’s clash with Hull, entering the fray after 79 minutes. The winger could not prevent the Baggies falling 2-0 to Steve Bruce’s Tigers.

Scott Sinclair

John Guidetti was an unused sub as Stoke ran riot to win 4-1 away to Aston Villa.

 

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