Birmingham City will be keeping regular checks on those players that they sent out on loan in the summer, with Charlie Lakin being one of those.
The midfielder made 11 appearances for Blues under Garry Monk last season, 10 of those coming in the Championship, but clearly Pep Clotet didn’t see him as a player capable of pushing for a place in the first-team.
Instead, Birmingham sent the 20-year-old out on loan to League Two side Stevenage for the 2019/20 season, where he will be looking to earn regular game-time during his time at the Lamex Stadium.
Lakin has endured a turbulent time since joining Stevenage on loan, and as we covered in our last update, he played just seven times for Mark Sampson’s side having missed over two months of the season due to a thigh injury.
Since our last update, Lakin has made just two more appearances for Stevenage, playing against Colchester in the Football League Trophy and against Crawley in the league.
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Against Colchester, Stevenage won 2-1 thanks to a Jason Cowley brace, as he helped Boro progress into the next round of the competition.
At the weekend, Lakin played for 84 minutes before being replaced by Charlie Carter, as Stevenage extended their unbeaten run to four games after a 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Crawley.
They now sit level on points with Morecambe at the bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table, however they have a game in hand on the teams above them.
With the likes of Odin Bailey and Jude Bellingham excelling under Clotet this season, Lakin, who is yet to score or register an assist for Stevenage, will be eager to return to St. Andrew’s and make an impression as soon as possible.