New loan signing
Not a young Spurs loanee, but another from the Chelsea factory line.
The Amsterdam born speedy left wing back Juan Castillo has signed on loan until the end of the season. Castillo did play a few games on loan at Birmingham earlier in the season. His season-long loan was cut short. Last season he played on loan in the Eredivisie for ADO Den Haag.
Although I am a big fan of Purrington, this does give Jacko the option of a more attack-minded full back although looking at his stats, Castillo doesn’t ever have seen to be anywhere near the opposition penalty box, whereas Ben has scored 9 goals for us.
We all wax lyrical about the Gallaghers, Bieliks and Cullen’s but we have had as many turnips in the past few years as well. I will hold my judgement until I watch the lad before I get carried away.
The 22-year is out of his Chelsea contract in the summer, which possibly could mean this loan is more of a trial to see if it is worth us pursuing him longer.
If this is the strategy, and I made that bit up about a trial, then with this season on life-support planning ahead for next season and taking a close eye at loan players for more than just a borrowing exercise is a good thing.