Oxford forward Malachi Napa is loving his loan spell with League Two Macclesfield Town, even if they’re struggling at the wrong end of the division.
The 19-year old is on a six-month loan spell at Moss Rose, and has played nine times so far since joining Macclesfield. Malachi earned plenty of praise for his performance on Tuesday night as the Silkmen beat League One side Blackpool on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy
“We have been playing pretty well” he told Oxford’s website “but results haven’t gone our way so far. It has been great though and I’m learning so much. Macclesfield have stepped up from the division below so it has been a case of having to adapt. Tuesday night’s game was another step in the right direction we felt and I have enjoyed it a lot. It’s a really good club and the Manager and staff have been excellent.”
Napa played youth football with Reading before joining Oxford and has played 13 times for the U’s without scoring. He enjoyed a loan spell with National League South side Hampton and Richmond last season, scoring three times in 17 outings. Whilst he’s missing his team mates at Oxford, he understands the importance of his current spell.
“Yeah, I miss the people at Oxford” he said “but I’m getting plenty of game time and learning all the time so it is working out well. I am here to learn and work hard at my game.”
His goals record isn’t brilliant, but the more senior football he plays, the better he’ll be.
It is a struggle at Macclesfield right now, they’re second from bottom without w in this season and already have a minus ten goal difference. he’ll certainly be learning a few life lessons.