Date: 2nd July 2011 at 6:00pm
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Most Reds fans would agree that one of the more pleasant surprises from last season was the huge strides made by Jay Spearing. The 22 year old went from being one of the doomed fringe players to Steven Gerrard’s first team replacement in the space of a few months. However, with central midfield already looking overcrowded coupled with the fact that we are being linked to yet more central midfielders, the future is again starting to look bleak for our number 26.

It is a shame for Spearing as it now looks like the competition for places in midfield may be a bit too much for him to get decent match time. The fact that he was awarded a new contract in May however shows that for now at least he does remain very much a part of Kenny Dalglish’s long term plans. Considering the competition for places along with his new contract, it seems that the most logical outcome for Jay Spearing next season would be to send him on loan to another Premier League team.

A season-long loan spell really is a win-win situation for all parties as he could gain valuable first team experience for an entire campaign while also ensuring that his stock rises should we ever need to sell him. He’s never exactly been known as a gem but Jay Spearing proved last season that he can be relied upon to perform in high intensity games and it was a pleasure to see his confidence in the middle of the field grow with each starting XI appearance.

I recall Jay Spearing stating in an interview a few years ago that Rafa Benitez was trying to mould him into a holding midfielder and the tenacity in his tackling at times has shown that there is definitely potential for him to be effective in this position. One thing to consider is that with Lucas being the only specialist defensive midfielder currently at the club, there is actually room for Spearing to stake his claim to be Lucas Leiva’s first choice understudy next season.

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