Loan watch: Season review

24th May 2018
First team

A number of Swansea City players have recently completed loan spells at various other clubs.

Here we take a look at how the Swans plying their trade elsewhere in recent months got on.

Three Swans players finished stints in their native Spain last weekend as the La Liga season drew to a close.

Jordi Amat could feel happiest at the end of his season-long stay at Real Betis.

Amat struggled for game-time initially, but eventually nailed down a spot in Betis’ three-man central defence.

It was a fine season for Quique Setien’s team, who have qualified for the Europa League courtesy of their sixth-placed La Liga finish.

Amat played his part in his side’s successes, as he racked up 26 appearances – 25 of which were starts – for Betis.

Borja had a less enjoyable time with Malaga, who have been relegated to the Spanish second tier after a miserable campaign.

Borja excelled in La Liga for Eibar before moving to the Swans, but he could not save Malaga.

The striker made 22 appearances for the Andalusian club – 10 of which were starts – and scored two goals.

Elsewhere in Spain, Roque Mesa enjoyed a positive end to his loan stint with Sevilla.

The midfielder initially struggled for game-time after leaving the Swans in January, but he finished the season strongly.

Roque Mesa started in the 1-0 win over Real Sociedad in early May, then featured as a substitute in a 3-2 victory over Real Madrid.

Net the former Las Palmas man played the full 90 minutes of the 2-2 derby draw with Betis and the 1-0 win over Alaves on the final day of the season which ensured Sevilla finished seventh in La Liga.

Jefferson Montero spent the first half of 2017-18 on loan in Spain with Getafe, but joined Ecuadorian side Emelec on a sub-loan midway through the campaign.

Montero has made nine appearances in his homeland so far, and will hope to clock up a few more as the season in Ecuador continues.

Like the rest of the Swans who have been out of loan, he is due to return to Wales for pre-season training in July.

Oli McBurnie should come back to SA1 in confident mood having made quite an impression at Barnsley after joining them in the winter transfer window.

There was huge disappointment for the Tykes as they were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season, but McBurnie’s goals played a big part in ensuring they were still in the hunt for survival at that point.

The young Scot scored nine times in 17 Barnsley appearances, a contribution which saw him named the club’s player of the season.

While Barnsley have dropped into League One, Wigan are going in the opposite direction after winning the third-tier title.

Jay Fulton played a part in their success, scoring once in six Latics appearances after joining them in January.

Matt Grimes, by contrast, suffered relegation from League One with Northampton Town.

On a personal note, the former Exeter midfielder had a good campaign, scoring four times in 47 games for the Cobblers.

In League Two, Adam King and Tyler Reid managed seven appearances apiece for Mansfield and Newport respectively, while Joe Rodon played 12 games for Cheltenham Town.

And in Scotland, midfielder Ryan Blair scored once in eight games for Championship side Falkirk.

Earlier in the season, Connor Roberts played four times for Middlesbrough before returning to make his mark in the Swans first team.

Keston Davies played five times for Yeovil, while Botti Biabi racked up the same number of appearances for Hamilton.