We round up a week of loan action which includes an outstanding contribution by one young midfielder playing in the Championship…
Mason Mount’s hat-trick inspired Derby County to a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, with Fikayo Tomori also in the Rams’ side. They move within two points of the play-offs and bounce back from a 2-0 loss at Blackburn Rovers earlier in the week.
Mount (pictured top) finished off a clever one-two to score his first goal on the stroke of half-time, before heading in from close range and rounding off his treble by slotting home former Blues defender Ashley Cole’s through-ball in the second half.
Tammy Abraham found the net against his former loan club Bristol City, opening the scoring from the penalty spot as Aston Villa won 2-1, the Villans’ eighth successive victory. They also beat Rotherham United by the same scoreline during the week. Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva were both in the Robins’ starting XI for that match and their 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion, with Kasey Palmer also coming off the bench at Villa Park.
In the Premier League, Kurt Zouma and Everton were on the receiving end of Fulham’s first win under caretaker manager and former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker, They lost 2-0 to the already relegated side at Craven Cottage. Michy Batshuayi remained on the bench when Crystal Palace were defeated by Manchester City on Sunday.
In Spain, Alvaro Morata came off the bench to make Atletico Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo safe, rounding the keeper and finishing to make it 2-0 in the second half. Atletico remain second in La Liga, between Barcelona and Real.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and AC Milan returned to the top four in Serie A with a 1-0 win over Lazio thanks to a second-half penalty, just minutes after they had an earlier awarded penalty decision overturned by VAR. Ola Aina was back for Torino, and came before half-time in their 1-1 draw with Cagliari.
In the Netherlands, Jake Clarke-Salter helped Vitesse keep Utrecht at bay on their visit there. The match ended 0-0 so Vitesse end the weekend in seventh in the Eredivisie.
Danilo Pantic helped Partizan Belgrade defeat Cukaricki 3-1, opening up a three-point advantage over their opponents in third place in the Serbian SuperLiga.
Baba Rahman and Reims drew 0-0 at Monaco in Ligue 1. Cesc Fabregas was in the Monaco team but had to leave the pitch early due to injury.
Back in England in other Championship matches, Lewis Baker set up Reading’s second goal of a 2-1 win over Brentford with a free-kick, playing alongside Matt Miazga in that match and in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Norwich City which ended the Canaries’ eight-game winning run. Reading were leading for much of the game before conceding twice in the last four minutes of normal time, but found an equaliser to salvage a point in the seventh minute of injury time.
A late goal for Hull City, who had Todd Kane in their team, gave them a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic and Reece James on Wednesday. Kane was in the Tigers’ line-up again when they lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Wigan looked to be heading for a win over league leaders Norwich this weekend, thanks to a penalty scored by James just before half-time. The Chelsea youngster almost doubled the lead with a shot from 25 yards that went just over but Norwich equalised late the game before their opponents had an even later winner ruled out for offside.
Michael Hector and Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 1-0 by Leeds United, but stayed in touch with the play-off chase thanks to their 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.
Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Brentford with Trevoh Chalobah in their side.
Dujon Sterling and Coventry City came out on top in the game of the weekend in League One. They three times took the lead, only to see it cancelled out by Sunderland before finally securing a chaotic 5-4 victory.
Bradley Collins helped Burton Albion climb up to ninth in the table with their fourth victory in five matches, winning 3-0 at Scunthorpe United, the odd one out being their 1-1 draw at Sunderland last Tuesday.
Nathan Baxter and Yeovil Town were beaten 1-0 by Crawley Town and are in the bottom two in League Two.
Jared Thompson was in a Warrenpoint Town side which was reduced to nine men. That was during a 4-2 home defeat to Newry City in the second of their five matches in the Northern Irish Premiership relegation play-outs.
Nathan came off the bench in Atletico Mineiro’s 4-1 defeat at Cerro Porteno in the Copa Libertadores.