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Loan signings that were actually quite good

It's January and that can only mean one thing - the transfer window is fully open. Of course, in terms of permanent signings, this needn't concern us at the moment but here are some loan signings that turned out alright.

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This is by no means a definitive list. Consider it an amble into the past on which, along the way, we'll nod our head courteously to some whilst maybe even warmly embracing others. Join us.

Aaron Ramsey Year: 2010-11 Apps: 5 Goals: 0

It was a cold evening in Leicester when Ramsey gingerly entered the fray from the bench. The snow swirled menacingly around the bowl and with his very first touch, he found a blue shirt. He looked afraid of his own shadow. Stoke City had literally knocked the stuffing out of him: he was a shell of a man. Unsurprisingly, we lost 1-0.

But then we went on something of a spree that looked a lot like this: WWDWW. Ramsey played in all of these games, including this one right here:

Nicky Shorey Year: 2009-10  Apps: 9  Goals: 0

Widely considered to be the finest of our lengthy list of left back loanees - more of which later. Composed, assured and able to shoot a ball in straight to the striker's feet from wide left, he looked a touch above the rest. Is he still going? Is he available? The thinking man's Ian Harte.

John Terry Year: 2000 Apps: 6 Goals: 0

Those dark days under David Platt are synonymous with the three Italians who arrived in a blaze of glory and exited through the back door with nary a glance at the gift shop. But Platt's connections with Gianluca Vialli were strong enough to secure Terry's services for a brief period. Even as a young and raw ingenue, he oozed class and leadership on the field (not off it) We asked Vialli if we could have him a bit longer and maybe sign him permanently but he yanked our tie, Tangoed us and laughed in our faces. His loss, I suppose.

Brett Ormerod Year: 2008 Apps: 13 Goals: 2

Not an obvious one this and his goals to game ratio is nothing to shout about but his arrival coincided with our late surge up the table to claim second spot on that last day of the season against Yeovil Town. He held the ball up and allowed others to do their stuff. A bit of an unsung hero in the denouement to that season in League 1. Here he is though netting a goal at Northampton.

Dexter Blackstock Year: 2009  Apps: 6  Goals: 2

Remember when Dexter ran about a lot and stretched every sinew for the cause? His workrate while with us on loan was impressive and QPR fans got themselves in a bit of a tizzle about him being allowed to leave their then basketcase of a football club (how times change, eh?). Two severe injuries have curtailed his progress in recent times but we'll always have this defining late goal which all but secured our place in The Championship.

Alan Wright Year: 2007  Apps: 9  Goals: 0

The first of many left backs to face the unenvious task of wearing the number three shirt after Stuart Pearce and er...Alan Rogers. Once again, distinctly unspectacular but he brought an assurance and experience to our ultimately tragic attempt to get out of that godforsaken League 1. This own goal against Yeovil in THAT play-off semi final is extremely unfair as a memento of his time with us. If memory serves correctly, he stumbled around on one leg for the final period of extra time due an injury, spent use of three subs and David Prutton getting needlessly sent off - up front too. What a hero.

If you haven't ever brought yourself to re-live that particular evening, it's time to face it head on. Well, some of it anyway. Here's a small portion to break you in gently.

Marcus Tudgay Year: 2010-11  Apps: 4  Goals: 3

Always willing, despite his bow-leggedness, Tudgay was always capable of notching a vital goal and selfless work up top. No only did he notch a brace against his former club Derby County but also scored on his debut. Nice work. Click here to see him break that epic goalless run under Steve Cotterill at Ipswich Town.

Chris Gunter Year: 2009  Apps: 8  Goals: 0

A very decent player at Championship level who looked a cut above at first with his tidy approach and willingness to go forward. Unfortunately, various managers tried to capitalise on this and occasionally deployed him further forward, with disastrous results. Furthermore, he was often found wanting at the back post when a cross was swung over - my abiding image of Gunter is him being out jumped and the ball nestling in our net. Once again, posting the video below is a bit unfair (own goal) since he always gave his all and showed glimpses of Premier League quality. To balance things out a little, here he is scoring a rare goal away at Plymouth thanks to some defenders falling over.

Adlene Guedioura Year: 2012 1 Apps: 9  Goals: 1

'The Classy Bull', according to a very small number of people, was heroic in his efforts to salvage our season. It was sometimes difficult to work out his best position since he had a rasping shot (see below) yet was more often deployed as a holding midfielder. In fairness, more often than not his shots from range ended up in row XX and since his departure, seemingly at half time away at Wigan Athletic, it took us a while to replace him.

Billy Sharp Year: 2012-13  Apps: 39  Goals: 10

Remember the excitement when he signed? Remember how he always seemed to score against us? It was seemingly perfect since with James Coppinger coming along too, we would be invincible and stroll to the title. It took him a while to get off the mark but did so with a beauty against Cardiff City.

Gonzalo Jara Reyes Year: 2013 Apps: 16 Goals: 0

Controversial one this. From the moment Chile qualified for the World Cup, he didn't seem much interested in running around on the big green pitch but prior to this, he was impressive. Cast your mind back to his early games, notably that draw away at Derby in which he was tigerish in the tackle. The way in which he played for Chile as part of an extremely short back three alongside Gary Medel made us wonder why we didn't see more of THAT Reyes. Now plying his trade in the Bundesliga for Mainz 05, he also got nutted by Luis Suarez for his efforts.

Ian Wright Year: 1999  Apps: 10  Goals: 5

Can't really argue with that goal return - even though the clip below shows him NOT scoring but hitting the post. I recall being genuinely excited about him coming here but in reality, it turned out to be one of numerous stopping points emulating some kind of Seventies Prog Rock band farewell tour.

Robbie Blake Year: 2001  Apps: 11  Goals: 1

Frequently remembered as being a bloody good signing. He was the catalyst in Jack Lester destroying Gillingham 3-0 away from home and had a classy touch.

Hugo Porfirio Year: 1999  Apps: 9  Goals: 1

Not in his pomp but he brightened up the tail end of that dreadful season.

Matthieu Louis-Jean Year: 1998-99  Apps: 16  Goals: 0

Matty on the right and Jim Brennan on the left. Good times.

Ben Olson Year: 2000-01 Apps: 18 Goals: 2

A personal favourite of mine, notably for a delightful goal at home against Sheffield United where he bamboozled their defence and slotted in from an impossible angle to set us on our way to victory, capped by Andy Reid's debut goal. At times, he looked like a boy who had wondered into the sixth form playground but he worked his little socks off and seemed to love his time with us. Now enjoying a degree of success in the MLS coaching DC United, he apparently gave away spicy hot dogs at half time in conjunction with nasty corporate company Ben's Chili Bowl, naturally renamed 'Ben Olsen's Chili Bowl' for an hour in 2011. Beat that.

Darren Huckerby Year: 2003 Apps: 9 Goals: 5

It's always nice when a local boy finds his calling and comes home. He pace was blistering and showed he off those silky dribbling skills, more often than not avoiding blind alleys. His contribution to a demolition of Derby County in 2003 will live long in the memory. In the meantime, go to 22 seconds in to see Hucks bare his rippling torso after scoring against Gillingham away.

Kris Boyd Year: 2011  Apps: 10  Goals: 6

Not remembered fondly by many - in fact, one abiding image is of him simply standing around a lot. Inbetween such lethargy though, he managed to bag a few goals, despite a rather embarrassing air shot on his debut against Hull City.

Of course there are many more who we've disregarded and chucked into the trash in a deliberate effort to rile you and spoil your day. Let us know who they may be.

And just for good measure, here's that loanee left back list:

Alan Wright Year: 2007 Apps: 9 Goals: 0

Nicky Shorey Year: 2009-10  Apps: 9  Goals: 0

Ryan Bertrand Year: 2010-11 1 Apps: 9  Goals: 0

Clint Hill Year: 2011  Apps: 5  Goals: 0

Paul Konchesky Year: 2011  Apps: 15  Goals: 1

Greg Cunningham Year: 2011-12  Apps: 27  Goals: 0

George Elokobi Year: 2012  Apps: 12  Goals: 0

Alan Hutton Year:  2012-13  Apps: 7  Goals: 0

Danny Fox Year: 2014  Apps: 14 Goals:  0

2016 additions:

Nelson Oliveira: Year 2015-16 Goals - increasing all the time, including this one against Derby:

Gary Gardner: Year 2014-15 Apps 18 Goals 4

Not only did Gardner add some much needed bite to the midfield, he scored some crackers too:

You are very welcome back, sir.