In the summer transfer window, Birmingham City bid farewell to midfielder Charlie Lakin on a temporary basis as Pep Clotet started to get his feet under the table at St. Andrew’s.
The 20-year-old made 11 appearances in all competitions under Garry Monk last term, but clearly, Clotet thought that he wasn’t ready to challenge for a place in the first-team.
Towards the latter stages of the month, the young midfielder signed for League Two side Stevenage on a season-long loan deal, and here, we take a look at how his move has panned out since.
Lakin’s time at Boro started off in frustrating style, when the midfielder sustained a thigh injury in their 0-0 draw with Mansfield Town back in August on his league debut for the club.
That subsequently ruled him out of action for over two months, before he made his return to the team in a 1-0 win over Morecambe at the LAMEX Stadium.
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Lakin has made seven first-team appearances for Stevenage – four of those coming in the league, and six of those coming from the off.
He is yet to register an assist for Boro, but he is creating plenty of chances for his teammates and thriving on the left-side of a 4-3-3 formation.
The 20-year-old has been an important player for Mark Sampson’s side, but he hasn’t been able to help them climb up the league table just yet.
Stevenage sit 23rd in the Sky Bet League Two table, therefore Lakin will be hoping to guide them further up the league standings sooner rather than later.
With 16-year-old Jude Bellingham establishing himself as an integral player under Clotet, Lakin will be looking at his former academy graduate and will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.