I have some misgivings about this loan - I think Jonjo suffered from a period during which his belief in himself and expectations for future playing time were backed up with playng time, and then when he proved to be well down the pecking order come the new season it showed. His poor attitude during the Sporting match demonstrates that he may have developed a bit of an ego, which can be a good thing, but not necessarily at his age when he still has so much work to do. To me, I think this might be a negative indictment of the player and where we believe him to be in his development, in terms of ability and maturity. He's a very cultured midfielder at his best, and I had hoped to see him grow into the role backing up Adam with an eye to eventually replacing him as the deep-lying playmaker, but I'm not sure this move indicates that the club see him as that much of a sure thing as maybe they once did. With us continuing in the Carling and with the FA Cup and a long season in front of us, he would have gotten games for us, or at least should have, so while playing for Blackpool could help him develop faster, if he doesn't play week in/week out, I think he'll go backward or really only stay at that sort of Championship level. In which case, this is just a move to try to sell him.
Of course, that's just my cynical take, because I'm really shocked with how little depth we now have in the MF compared to a month ago. Spearing is our 4th/5th choice midfielder, with Coady I suppose 6th. That's a big step down from Meireles as our 4th, Henderson as 5th and Shelvey as 6th, with Gerrard, Lucas and Adam ahead of them (not to mention Aquilani).