Harry Souttar stars as Fleetwood haunt ex-Stoke City boss, £14m midfielder has one foot in cup final – loan review



A good night for the loanees out from Stoke City as Badou Ndiaye continued his terrific start to life in Turkey and Harry Souttar helped Fleetwood into the League One play-off places.

Ndiaye helped Trabzonspor win their Turkish Cup semi-final first leg 2-1 at home against Fenerbahce.

The midfielder, however, was substituted six minutes before half-time and had to take to social media at full-time to reassure fans who were concerned about injury.

He posted on Instagram: “Thank you for all messages. Nothing serious about me. Great team effort today.”

Trabzonspor had won 5-2 against Rizespor on Saturday with Ndiaye putting the icing on the win with a goal in the eighth minute of injury time.

They are second and one point behind Istanbul Basaksehir with a game in hand. The two meet in Trabzon on March 15.

Souttar – alongside Stoke hero Glenn Whelan – helped Fleetwood to a 1-0 win at Ipswich, with Ched Evans scoring the goal.

Having had their game at Tranmere postponed at the weekend, this made it 10 unbeaten and six wins out of their last seven.

There is pressure building on ex-Stoke boss Paul Lambert, whose side have only won one in eight – and only four in 20 since early November, the thumping end to a brilliant start to the season.

The Ipswich Star’s Stuart Watson said during the second-half: “Giant centre-half Souttar heading (keeper) Tomas Holy’s giant kicks back from whence they came is a recurring theme. So much so, in fact, that it’s now bringing ironic cheers each time.”

He added at full-time: “Sixth defeat in eight for free-falling Ipswich. First half was pathetic. Second half only slightly better. Toxic atmosphere reminiscent of Hull game back in March ’18. Ironic cheers, resounding boos, real anger directed at owner Marcus Evans.”





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