Yeovil have moved to bring in two Premier League youngsters on loan as they seek a way out of their current relegation battle.
The Glovers are currently 22nd in League Two, but have raided Chelsea and Bournemouth in a bid to avoid a drop into the National League.
Josh Grant is the first to join, he’s a 20-year-old defender who has made four appearances for Chelsea’s Under-21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy this term. Glovers boss Darren Way was delighted to add Grant to his ranks, telling the club’s official site:
“Josh is powerful, athletic and has a good personality.”
From Bournemouth comes Romania Under-21 international Alex Dobre. Like Grant he is also 20, and spent time out on loan at Bury and Rochdale last term.
“I’d like to thank Eddie Howe for allowing an international talent to continue his development with us,” concluded Way.
Dobre is primarily a winger and was one of six members of the Cherries under-21 squad to sign a new contract, but his current deal is due to expire at the end of 2018/19.
I’m not sure if these are the sort of recruits that will pull the Glovers away from the bottom of the table. After a strong start to the season they’ve completely collapsed and there’s a real fear they could end up going out of the league.
It’s been an odd few years for the Glovers, having risen to the Championship only to implode and tumble back down the divisions. They need more than a couple of kids if they’re getting out of the trouble they’re in.