Most years United have to rely on the loan market, and with numerous players set to leave in January who will Carlisle manage to keep?
Along with some experienced heads, the squad as a whole has a more youthful feel to it this year. This may show a serious lack of strength in-depth and expertise at this level of football, nonetheless, youngsters from higher divisions have sure held their own in Cumbria.
As the loan market continually changes, half-season loans seem to be the go to option, as short loans have been shadowed out.
Of those fit and playing, Regan Slater is the only Carlisle loanee in for the whole season. Despite not making a name for himself straight away he has been a main stay and star player in recent weeks.
The midfielder, on loan from Sheffield United, scored his first two professional goals last weekend in the 4-0 victory at Swindon.
John Sheridan will be hopeful that Regan can be a great addition for the season, though there are some big names who need persuading to stay come January.
These include the likes of Adam Campbell, whose appearances had been sparse till late, and some game changing players…
Despite being only 22, Yates has already had some essential game time in League One and the Championship.
The Doncaster-born winger has made over 20 appearances for Rotherham in each of the last two campaigns, however, the Millers won promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking so Jerry’s first team chances may have been few and far between.
The attack minded midfielder/ winger has been a regular for the Blues already and has certainly caught the eye once again of his parent club.
Paul Warne, Rotherham’s manager, has mentioned the prospect of bringing Yates into the squad in January, nevertheless, this is a deal Carlisle will be eager to extend.
Sowerby was brought in as one of a trio of Fleetwood players who have been under the stewardship of John Sheridan at their parent club.
Like Jerry Yates, Sowerby has already made many appearances for Fleetwood so he holds vital Football League experience.
The squad has been chopped and changed at times, however, he has been in the starting line-up most weeks of late, even filling in at right-back in a very depleted squad at times.
For now the backroom staff infer that all the lads want to stay on for the season, and this looks increasingly likely for Jack as he was given permission to play for Carlisle in the cup.
The Fleetwood striker may be a lot harder to keep hold of to say the least.
Ahead of the FA Cup first round, parent club Fleetwood allowed Sowerby to play, but not Nadesan who would be cup-tied otherwise.
This subtle negotiation may hint that Fleetwood would like him for the second half of the season, though he should arguably John Sheridan’s biggest priority in this coming window.
After a short loan at Carlisle last spring, Nadesan followed Sheridan through the doors this summer and hasn’t looked back.
Seven goals and two assists for the season put Nadesan near the top of the scoring charts and averaging a goal every two games.
With the blues lacking a clinical nature up top the loss of the Fleetwood forward would be a big blow unless a suitable replacement is lined up.
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