Cambridge United expecting duo to depart on loan following first team debuts in EFL Trophy

Cambridge United are anticipating that two of their younger players will depart the club on loan.

Mamadou Jobe and Liam Bennett are expected to leave the club in the coming days to get game time elsewhere.

Senior development phase coach Pete Gill is still expecting Jobe to join him at feeder club St Neots Town, whilst the U’s are hopeful of lining up a National League loan deal for Bennett.

Both defenders impressed for United in their 4-1 EFL Trophy victory over Oxford United, but the U’s are keen to get their younger players a run of competitive fixtures.

“I expect there to be some movement over the next couple of days, but nothing’s ever guaranteed,” Gill said.

“You’ve got to find the right club at the right time for them to go to, as well as it being the right thing for the player and Cambridge United.

“As well as Mamadou did last night, we have to remember that’s his first senior game. He needs a run of games before being ready to play either higher or ultimately in Mark Bonner’s first team.

“The plan at the moment will still be St Neots (for Jobe), and we’re looking at that avenue for him.

“Liam’s done the Step Four level for a couple of seasons. We obviously signed him from AFC Sudbury, where he was playing Step Four football, and obviously he’s done his time at St Neots.

Liam Bennett registered an assist in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy victory over Oxford United.
(Image: Ben Phillips)

“I think the idea for Liam is to see if we can push him higher. We’re looking for a higher loan with him, because we feel that’s the right thing for him and his journey.”

Jobe joined United from Royston Town last summer, and was handed a two-year professional contract in May.

Bennett also signed a first professional contract with United in the summer, having joined the club from AFC Sudbury in March 2020.

Having spent the first part of last season on loan at St Neots Town, Gill is targeting a National League loan for Bennett.

“We’re speaking to a couple of clubs at the moment (about Bennett),” the Saints boss added.

“Sometimes it’s easier said than done. It’s quite a complex situation with lots of moving parts, but there are a couple of interested parties. I do expect that to still be the plan (a National League loan).

“These things don’t happen straight away, but we do expect some movement.

“It’s always hard to give an exact timeframe, because there are so many different moving parts, be it the other club, Cambridge United or the player.

“It’ll be sooner rather than later I would say, but I couldn’t give a specific time.”

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