With the Football League's emergency loan window set to close on Thursday, Mark Blackburn picks out the men who could prove useful additions for the run-in...
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
Born to an Ivorian father and German mother, Gnabry has represented Germany at various youth levels. A string of exciting displays helped him make 19 appearances for the Gunners after a promising breakthrough, but an injury in last season’s Champions League means his only appearances this season have been for Arsenal's under-21 side.
His recovery would be helped with more game time, but vying for a place alongside Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott will make that difficult. And in the absence of that, the fiery young German could give a Championship side a timely injection of quality before the season's end.
Kwesi Appiah (Crystal Palace)
Ghana international Appiah hasn’t appeared too much for Palace since he joined them in 2012 from Margate. Instead, he's been sent on a string of loans, with his two spells at Cambridge United proving most fruitful. His efforts were rewarded with a first call-up for Ghana in their provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations this year. He impressed, making the cut for their 26-man squad and playing in four games for Avram Grant’s side as they reached the final before losing on penalties to the Ivory Coast. His standout performance came in the 3-0 win over Guinea, in which he helped set up the first goal for Christian Atsu before doubling the lead himself. No surprise, then, that he was awarded man-of-the-match.
Steve Sidwell (Stoke)
After leaving Stoke on a free following his release by Fulham, the experienced midfielder has made only nine Premier League appearances for the Potters this season. A knee injury has hampered his campaign, but having warmed the bench for four games straight he may well prefer getting some minutes under his belt elsewhere. The ex-Chelsea man has admitted that competition for places is harder than he anticipated.
Jose Angel Pozo (Man City)
A former Real Madrid youth player, Pozo moved to Manchester City in 2012 with his younger brother Iker in a deal worth £2.4 million. An impressive first campaign followed, but an ankle injury disrupted his second. Since then he has flourished under the guidance of Patrick Vieira in City’s Elite Development Squad, and was promoted to the first team earlier this season due to injuries to both Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic.
His debut came in the 7-0 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, a game in which he scored the sixth goal, and it was followed by a first Premier League appearance against Sunderland and first league start against Leicester after Edin Dzeko was injured in the warm-up.
Aged only 19, Pozo’s goalscoring, pace and technique have seen him shine for City and Spain’s various youth levels, so it is no wonder that Manuel Pellegrini’s side have high hopes for him.