It is time to round-up the latest action for our players out on loan, with highlights from at home and abroad...
Tammy Abraham’s golden spell in front of goal in the Championship continued as he got Aston Villa’s second in a 3-0 win at Middlesbrough, who had previously boasted one of the division’s meanest defences. The striker slid in Yannick Bolasie’s cross from close range for his seventh goal in his last four matches. It helped Villa climb to within three points of the play-offs.
They are just behind Derby County in the table, with the Rams beating Swansea City 2-1 with Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in the side, holding on in a tense finale after Tomori had put the ball in his own net with three minutes remaining under pressure from Leroy Fer.
Todd Kane helped Hull City move out of the relegation zone thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 victory away to Queens Park Rangers, while Reece James and Wigan Athletic came from behind the earn a 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers.
Tomas Kalas played in Bristol City’s 1-1 draw with Millwall. Michael Hector lost 4-2 at Blackburn Rovers with Sheffield Wednesday, and Trevoh Chalobah came off the bench in Ipswich’s 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Moving up a division to the Premier League, Kenedy and Newcastle United’s recent good run of results came to an end when they suffered a 3-0 home defeat to West Ham United, the Brazilian playing the first 70 minutes. It was a painful weekend too for Kurt Zouma and Everton who looked set to take a point from the Merseyside derby at Anfield before a bizarre goal right at the end handed Liverpool the points. Zouma had come on with 89 minutes on the clock.
In Spain, Leganes continue to impress in La Liga, Kenneth Omeruo featuring throughout as they won 4-2 at Valladolid, recording back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. Michy Batshuayi came on as a substitute for Valencia at Real Madrid, but was on the losing side of the 2-0 result.
In Thursday’s Europa League action, Tiemoue Bakayoko helped AC Milan come from behind to beat Dudelange 5-2 at San Siro, former Chelsea forward Fabio Borini finding the net for the Italians, meaning a point from their last match at Olympiacos will enable them to join the Blues in the knockout stages. Then on Sunday, Bakayoko played the whole of a home 2-1 win over Parma, a result which leaves the Rossoneri in Serie A’s top four.
Vitesse Arnhem and Eduardo were held to a 1-1 draw by Emmen in the Eredivisie and Victorien Angban’s match at Grenoble with Metz in France’s Ligue 2 finished with the same scoreline. Telstar also drew 1-1 in the Dutch second division, with Kyle Scott coming off the bench in their game with Almere. Kylian Hazard was also a substitute, in his native Belgium, but Cercle Bruges were already three goals behind when he came on in their 3-1 defeat at Charleroi.
There was drama in the Scottish Championship for Ruben Sammut and Falkirk, when they twice came back from being behind before sealing a 3-2 victory with an injury-time winner.
Jacob Maddox was in FA Cup action with Cheltenham as the second round took place over the weekend, but they were eliminated 3-1 by Accrington Stanley.