Tonight's League One match against walsall at Huish Park will see one of their former loan strikers try to demonstrate exactly what he's learned during the last couple of months. Manchester City forward Jordy Hiwula spent a nine game spell on loan with the Glovers during the latter part of 2014, but saw his time at the club ended when he only netted one goal - the winner in the club's FA Cup First Round tie against Crawley Town.
Returning to Manchester at the end of November, he was loaned out again at the start of February, having spent two months back on his parent club's training ground. That has reaped dividends for him following his arrival at the Bescot Stadium, that has seen him net three times in six appearances for the Saddlers. Now they have agreed an extra month's loan that will keep him in the West Midlands until the end of March. Hiwula explained to the Walsall Express and Star where he felt that his play had improved over the last few months:
"I think my awareness is better on the pitch. I feel like my hold-up play has improved and where to make my runs in the box, I think thatís improved as well. Iím pleased with how it's gone. Iíve been working on my finishing, all types of finishing, and Iíve scored different types of goals since Iíve been here. Iím glad Iím here for another month and I can work with the coaches and the gaffer and the players because I feel like everybody has helped me since Iíve been here."
Hiwula was fairly philosophical about his time with the Glovers, recognising that his single goal return wasn't what he's hoped for, and accepted the decision for him to return to Manchester City at the end of that spell. He gave his views on his time in Somerset:
"Things just didnít click for me, the goals didnít come. I felt like I was playing well in the games but strikers get judged on goals and they werenít coming for me, so it was felt best I went back to City. Iím familiar with pretty much all the players. I still speak to a couple of the lads there - but I have not spoken to them recently. They are at the bottom and it will be a tough place to go, they are trying to get all the points they can get and I think we can go and win. It is a tight ground, the fans are all together and it will be a good atmosphere."
Tonight may see Hiwula used as a winger, rather than as a front line striker, with him having moved around during his initial month with the Saddlers to accommodate the availability of other players. He said he was happy to play either position, saying that it was the regularity of games that was helping him improve his play:
"Iím pretty used to playing both down the middle and out wide Ė Iím pretty versatile. Iím still learning in both positions but Iím happy to play wherever as long as Iím playing. Weíve got a lot of games coming up, playing pretty much every Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday and I think that will help me because thatís all I want to do, I want to play as many games as possible."
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