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Fred on his way

Filed: Tuesday, 19th May 2009
By: Staff Writer

Gianfranco Zola has revealed that Freddie Sears could spend next season out on loan.

Sears, who has failed to score a single goal in his 22 appearances this season - or since his debut goal against Blackburn 14 months ago - has been used sparingly this term by Zola, and has more often than not been cast behind Diego Tristan and David Di Michele in the first team pecking order.

Many fans have commented on Sears' failure to push on since that electric debut performance in March 2008 and it has often been suggested that the youngster would benefit from a spell on loan in one of the lower divisions - much like the then 18-year-old Jermain Defoe did back in October 2000.

It is a sentiment with which Zola appears to agree; talking to whufc.com today, he said:

"I think that the right thing for him will be to go on loan. He has worked hard here but has not been playing enough; sometimes ten minutes, sometimes a full game.

"He has improved as a player but he needs to play regularly. Unfortunately here it is difficult for him. Next season he will have the possibility of going on loan and to prove himself."

Sears came into the first team reckoning having scored virtually a goal per game at reserve and youth level - much like Carlton Cole did when breaking through at Chelsea. Like Cole, Sears' career appears to have hit a temporary stumbling block - but one from which he will be hoping to recover soon.

Freddie Sears: facts and figures

Appearances 2007/08: 7
Goals: 1
Yellow cards: 1

Appearances 2008/09: 22
Goals: 0
Yellow cards: 0

Number of starts: 8 (5 League; 1 FA Cup; 2 Carling Cup)

Number of sub appearances: 21 (19 League, 2 FA Cup)

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by CanadianHammer
12:15PM 21st May 2009
''Sears is a good guy and a good player but he needs more time on the pitch. The only way to improve is to play the game and I think a season on loan would do him wonders.''

by co3reporting
06:56PM 19th May 2009
''He's a good lad Freddie but he needs to push on from here. He hasn't flourished in the sane way Collison and Tomkins have though a lot of that is not his fault as our forward line has distinctly lacked variation this season due to injuries to Ashton, Cole and what happened with Bellamy. Up front it has been almost down to the bare bones to get by at times.

A season in the Championship under somebody like Roy Keane, Dave Jones, Roberto Martinez or Owen Coyle would help him to develop. Zola obviously rates him and thinks he has a part to play for us and this would be a good way forward for him.''

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