Sheffield FC boss has high hopes for Spireite loanee

Ricardo German wheels away after scoring Alfreton's third goal.
Ricardo German wheels away after scoring Alfreton's third goal.

Sheffield FC boss Mark Shaw has high hopes for young Spireite Ricky German’s loan spell with the world’s first club.

The striker made his debut for the Evo-Stik Division One South side on Saturday, coming on as an hour mark substitute in a 3-0 defeat by Spalding United – for whom ex Town man Jamie JAckson got all three goals.

Shaw believes German, 18, is a good fit for his Sheffield side.

“I’m hoping Ricky can produce some of the performances we all know he’s capable of and help the club and himself move up and forward by scoring some goals,” said the recently appointed manager.

“From what I’ve seen of him already, he is a quick, powerful skilful player and I think he will fit right in with the quick passing football we play. I expect him to score plenty of goals, get plenty of game time and use his time with us as a useful learning experience.”

German was initially sent out on loan to National League North side Alfreton, for whom he scored three goals. But he was recalled early by Chesterfield due to what Spireites boss Jack Lester called ‘issues’ that required him to see a doctor. German will remain at The Coach and Horses Stadium for a month.

This season he’s made just one appearance for his parent club, in the Carabao Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

He made his breakthrough during Danny Wilson’s tenure and has played 10 times for the first team, although nine of those occasions were as a replacement.

His goals for Alfreton were his first at senior level, although he has a prolific record in academy, youth and reserve football.