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What Can Keith Hill’s Winter Signings Bring To Rochdale?

Rochdale have had a busy transfer window with Joe Rafferty, Andy Cannon, David Perkins, Harrison McGahey and Brendan Moore departing the club permanently. Sam Hart, Magnus Norman & Connor Randall also returned to their parent clubs from loans.

In their place in have come; Ryan Mclaughlin permanently from Blackpool, Rory Holden from Bristol City, Ethan Ebanks-Landell from Wolves, Ethan Hamilton from Man Utd, Rekeil Pyke from Huddersfield and most recently Joe Bunney from Northampton all on loan. With such a massive overhaul mid-season, there is the risk of it having a detrimental effect on the team.

However, with how results have gone in the first half of the season Rochdale now knows that they find themselves in a relegation battle again, with arguably a much stronger squad than they had last season. It is difficult to try and understand why but over this article I will assess each of the new signings individually, and try to outline what they could bring to Rochdale as they attempt to battle bravely against relegation again.

Rory Holden

Rory signed on loan from Bristol City on the 3rd of January and has so far made 5 appearances, starting 4 games mostly from the right of midfield. I have had the pleasure of watching 2 of the matches he was involved in and he looks to have good quick feet and isn’t afraid to take a man on. Something Rochdale have in short supply.

Ethan Hamilton

Ethan joined Rochdale on loan from Manchester United on the 11th of January. He has started all 3 games for Rochdale since he signed playing in the centre of midfield. He scored against Peterborough in a 2-1 loss earlier this month. Another player I have seen play and he looks like he has a decent level of technical ability, I expect him to be a great addition if he can continue how he started.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

The second Ethan to sign for Dale on the 11th January, joining from Wolves. He also has started every game since his arrival. Playing centre back. I think he is an excellent signing and a real solid centre back, let us just hope he can raise the game of the other defenders around him.

Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan arrived from Blackpool on the 23rd of January as a direct replacement for the departing Joe Rafferty on the same day. He made his debut at the weekend against Barnsley as a right back in a losing effort. I haven’t seen him play yet myself but, can see he looks to be a like for like replacement for Rafferty with both players coming through Liverpool’s academy

Rekeil Pyke

The newest arrival for Rochdale who signed just yesterday on loan from Huddersfield for the rest of the season and is expected to play up front. Huddersfield cut short his loan spell at Wrexham where in 14 starts and 12 sub appearances he scored 5 goals this season. Wrexham averaged 1.78 points per game he started and he has been described as “a good size, a threat aerially but having a poor work ethic.

Having known nothing about Pyke I’m reserving judgement and will give him my full support, I expect him to be a striker option to play off Henderson, and hopefully offer him support and inject a little pace into Rochdale’s attack.

Joe Bunney

Joe made a deadline day return to Dale on loan after Northampton cut short his loan at Blackpool after leaving 12 months ago in the January transfer window last season. He looks like the left back Keith Hill has been after all window and is very familiar with the club, the fans and what the manager will want. With it not been long since his departure he should slot back into the team with relative ease and, should bring another useful option in that left back position.

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What Can Ethan Hamilton Bring To Rochdale?

Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton is apparently in talks with Rochdale ahead of a loan move for the rest of the season.

Ethan joined Man Utd from Hutchinson Vale, A renounced Scottish Youth Club in Edinburgh where Scottish player such as Leigh Griffiths, Jason Cummings and United stalwart Darren Fletcher played.

He captained the U18 squad before being fast-tracked and featuring regularly in Ricky Sbragia’s United U23 side this season, starting 11 Premier League 2 games and coming off the bench once. He primarily plays as a centre midfielder but has been known to fill in as a Left Wing Back previously.

Hamilton was also rumoured to have caught the eye of previous United manager, Jose Mourinho as he has trained several times with the first team and even was called up to replace Paul Pogba in the squad against Huddersfield last season after a late injury saw Pogba withdraw.

United coach Kieron Mckenna speaks highly of him also once saying ” with his attitude it could certainly carry him very far in his career“. He was also previously described by Mckenna as “a fantastic character around the group and another one with a great training mentality every day. He’s a hard worker who wants to get better and develop himself.”

There is rumoured interest from several Scottish clubs about taking him on loan for the rest of the season, however, United may favour keeping him local with Keith Hill famed for his development of players including ex-United youth player Oliver Rathbone who is going from strength to strength this season drawing plaudits of late despite Rochdale’s poor on-field form.

A loan move could be definitely seen as beneficial for all parties, with Rochdale taking a really talented youngster for 6 months to help them build on their poor start to the season, Ethan gets his first proper experience of real league football which will be great for his continuing development and United get to keep a close eye on his development locally.

My opinion on what Ethan can bring is increased competition for places after losing Andy Cannon from that position to Portsmouth, as he is clearly well thought of at United so he definitely has the potential to be a really talented player in the future. His versatility would help also, with nobody currently at the club consolidating the left back position in the team so far this season it would give Keith Hill another option there as well, particularly as Sam Hart has gone back to Blackburn.

I would question if centre midfield is an urgent position Dale should be looking at loaning somebody in. Due to Cannon’s departure, this could open the door for more play time for some of our own youth academy talents in that position such as Aaron Morley who I feel deserves the opportunity.