Barnsley’s Lloyd Isgrove will return to Oakwell this week after his unsuccessful loan spell at Portsmouth draws to a close.
The right-winger joined Pompey on loan in January, but hasn’t made a single appearance for them as they’ve pushed on into the top six.
That gives him the dubious honour of having been with a team automatically promoted, another who will reach the play-offs but he’s contributed nothing to either.
In total the 26-year-old has six appearances to his name, all coming for Barnsley. He made two League One appearances, both from the bench, three in the EFL Trophy and one in the EFL Cup.
His switch to Portsmouth was meant to bring some regular action, but without a minute under his belt his time there has to be deemed a failure.
“It hasn’t happened here for Lloyd at all.” assistant manager Joe Gallen told Portsmouth.co.uk.
“Overall we took quite a lot of players in January right at the death and tried to read the situation. We are disappointed for Lloyd because he probably hasn’t had a chance.
“He has trained and we have been able to assess him in training, but he hasn’t actually got onto the pitch and played for Pompey, which would have been his aim. From that point of view, we are disappointed about that.”
Isgrove began his career with Southampton, later spending time on loan at Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday. He joined Barnsley on a permanent deal in 2017, but has just ten league starts to his name.
He’s got to get out of Oakwell. His career has been blighted by a handful of matches followed by long spells watching on from the stands.
At 26, he needs regular football. If he looks towards the bottom of League One, there’s plenty of teams who would be willing to give him matches.
His next move is absolutely crucial, get it wrong and he promises to be a forgotten man.