We sum up the past week’s action for our players out on loan, including a centre-forward on target…
Tammy Abraham's early goal gave Aston Villa's new management duo of Dean Smith and John Terry a winning start to their tenure as the Championship side beat Swansea 1-0
On the day Villa officially marked the passing of their former Chairman Doug Ellis, Abraham headed in Ahmed Elmohamady's cross from close range in the eighth minute, his fourth goal in his last seven appearances.
Reece James helped Wigan move within one point of the play-off places by beating West Bromwich Albion 1-0. One of the teams just ahead of them are Derby County, who beat Sheffield United 2-1 with Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount both playing the whole match.
Sheffield Wednesday, with Michael Hector in the side, were beaten 2-1 at home by Middlesbrough in Friday night's Championship fixture. That allowed Bristol City to move above them in the table on goal difference, thanks to a 1-0 win at 10-man Brentford, with Jay Dasilva coming off the bench for City after 21 minutes following an injury.
Todd Kane and Hull moved off the bottom of the table with a 1-1 draw against Preston, putting them ahead of Trevoh Chalobah and Ipswich on goals scored after their 2-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
In the Premier League, Kurt Zouma helped Everton record a 2-0 win in their match against Crystal Palace. The Toffees were solid at the back and took all three points thanks to two late goals.
Kenedy could not prevent Newcastle slipping to their third successive Premier League defeat, a 1-0 loss to Brighton putting them bottom of the table, although he came close to earning a draw, clipping the crossbar with a powerful long-range shot in the second half.
In Spain, Kenneth Omeruo helped Leganes continue their recent upturn in form, playing the first 70 minutes before being substituted with his side 1-0 up, only to see Valencia, who brought on Michy Batshuayi, draw level with five minutes remaining, maintaining their record of drawing every home league game this season. In the Spanish second tier, Jhoao Rodriguez came off the bench for Tenerife who netted a stoppage-time equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza.
There was a big win for Atalanta in Serie A. They recorded a 5-1 victory at Chievo, with Mario Pasalic coming off the bench for the final half hour. In Sunday night’s Milan derby, Tiemoue Bakayoko was a late substitute for AC Milan who conceded a last-ditch goal in a 1-0 loss against Inter.
Eduardo tasted defeat in the Eredivisie as Vitesse Arnhem lost 2-0 at Excelsior, with Jake Clarke-Salter also featuring for Vitesse in the first half. In the Dutch second tier, Fankaty Dabo and Sparta Rotterdam drew 1-1 at Roda and Kyle Scott suffered a 3-0 loss to NEC Nijmegen with Telstar.
In the Belgian top flight, Kylian Hazard came off the bench for Cercles Bruges after an hour but could not prevent them from slipping to a 4-2 defeat. In the Serbian Super Liga, Danilo Pantic played the entirety of goalless draw for Partizan Belgrade against Spartak Subotica.
In the Scottish Championship, Falkirk and Ruben Sammut lost 1-0 at Greenock Morton, having had their goalkeeper sent off early in the second half.
In England’s League One, Dujon Sterling and Coventry leapfrogged Southend by beating the 10-man Shrimpers 2-1, courtesy of an injury-time winner. That is now three consecutive League One wins for the Sky Blues. Ike Ugbo came off the bench for Scunthorpe, but despite going two goals ahead inside 10 minutes, they lost 3-2 at 10-man Wycombe.
In League Two, there was a clean sheet for goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, as Yeovil drew 0-0 with Tranmere. Jacob Maddox came closest to giving Cheltenham a win at Forest Green Rovers, but was denied by a fine save and the game ended 1-1.