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Dobra Not Joining Crawley on Loan
Thursday, 15th Oct 2020 15:13

Blues forward Armando Dobra will not be joining League Two Crawley Town on loan, TWTD understands.

The Red Devils’ interest in the 19-year-old emerged at the weekend and talks have been ongoing over recent days but with the proposed move now not set to happen.

We understand Mansfield Town are also keen on signing the Albania U21 international on loan, while other League Two clubs have shown interest and could make an approach before Friday’s 5pm deadline but it appears likely he will remain at Portman Road to fight for a place in the team between now and January.

Scottish League One side Falkirk were also among Dobra’s suitors but that potential switch has also been ruled out.

Town boss Paul Lambert is keen to get youngsters such as Dobra, Brett McGavin, Corrie Ndaba and Ben Folami, who was linked with A-League side Melbourne Victory yesterday, out on loan to gain first-team experience.

Dobra, who is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2023 with an option for a further season, has made three senior starts and four sub appearances for Town.

The London-born forward has scored two first-team goals, most recently the edge-of-the-box strike which opened the scoring in last Tuesday’s 2-0 home victory over Gillingham in the EFL Trophy.

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NthQldITFC added 15:16 - Oct 15
That's odd. Neither am I!

leftie1972 added 15:37 - Oct 15
Me neither! I wonder if PL sees him as more of a back up if there are further injuries in the first team or he’s looking to go elsewhere?

PhilTWTD added 15:39 - Oct 15
From what I gather it wasn't seen as the right move rather than him being kept here due to injuries.

jabberjackson added 15:44 - Oct 15
I suspect we have said "If you want him...he must play."
Crawley have probably reserved the right not to...

Wallingford_Boy added 15:46 - Oct 15
I don't think we can force anyone to play a loanee! I mean, what if he doesn't try at training. I guess both parties didn't fancy it, but he will be off in next 24 hours I am sure.

Gilesy added 16:18 - Oct 15
Wallingford Boy - I suspect Wolves forced us last season!

Wickets added 16:22 - Oct 15
So you are saying that it was our choice not to let him go out on loan to Crawley that maybe suggests he could be set to go elsewhere ?

Wickets added 16:23 - Oct 15
Sorry above was a question for Phil .

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:23 - Oct 15
Its the right approach... IF he is to go out on loan it has to be to the right club, where he will get games and develop... Otherwise its pointless

Bergholt_Blue added 16:45 - Oct 15
Good he needs to be around the 1st team

Woolfenthen added 17:05 - Oct 15
6 starts and 4 sub apps

happybeingblue added 17:11 - Oct 15
need to keep him here with the rate of injuries we get every gameweek,we are in league 1 so why loan out players with his technical ability,andre was not loaned out in his early days before his horrific injuries.

MaySixth added 18:27 - Oct 15
Who's injured?

Guthrum added 19:32 - Oct 15
If we don't loan him out, we need to play him, or at the very least on the bench every game.

Linkboy13 added 20:09 - Oct 15
Andre was not loaned out because he chose not to after advice from his dad. On the subject of Dobra he needs to go out on loan to further his development, as did Downes and Wolfenden. Why should Dobra get preferential treatment the important thing is the club getting results which is all that matters.

ITFC_96 added 20:16 - Oct 15
Linkboy, not sure how your comment is relevant. If the loan team isn't going to play him then he should stay here, it's straightforward.

Tractorboy58 added 22:01 - Oct 15
Good enough to be here fighting for a first team place

Carberry added 22:43 - Oct 15
Of course it may well be something as simple as who pays his wages.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 08:48 - Oct 16
Dobra is the type of player we need, direct and not afraid to take people on, maybe it doesn't always turn out right what he try's but if he gets more game time that final ball will improve.

Linkboy13 added 11:09 - Oct 17
His game is not going to get better being in around the first team.

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