We round-up the loan highlights for our players over the past week, including some big wins and long-range goals…
Chelsea are having to wait for our Premier League game but earlier in the bank holiday weekend, Kurt Zouma and Everton put in a stellar performance to inflict a 4-0 defeat on Manchester United at Goodison Park, doing our chances of Champions League qualification no harm in the process.
In the Championship, Tammy Abraham scored one and set up the other as Aston Villa equalled their club record of nine consecutive victories, which had stood for 109 years, winning 2-0 against a Bolton Wanderers side who were condemned to relegation by the defeat.
Firstly he provided the cross for Jack Grealish to open the scoring shortly after half-time, before the roles were reversed as Abraham headed in his 25th league goal of the season, the highest tally by a Villa player since 1977. He did however have to go off with an injured shoulder.
Todd Kane found the net twice, both with brilliant individual efforts, but still ended on the losing side with Hull. After a solo run he found the top corner from outside the box, and repeated the trick with another effort from range into the same corner to complete a comeback from two goals behind at West Bromwich Albion, but home side grabbed an 85th-minute winner.
Elsewhere in Europe, Christian Pulisic, back from injury came on as a substitute for the last 20 minutes of Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win at Freiburg, moving them back within a point of first-placed Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga table.
In the Netherlands, Jake Clarke-Salter featured in a remarkable victory for Vitesse Arnhem which drew plenty of attention in the Eredivisie, as they beat PEC Zwolle 4-1 despite being reduced to 10 men in the first half and having just 28 per cent of possession, including a hat-trick of headers by the smallest man on the pitch, 5ft 5in Bryan Linssen.
In the Dutch second tier Fankaty Dabo helped Sparta Rotterdam move into second place in the table with a 2-1 win over Helmond.
Kenneth Omeruo was part of the Leganes side which earned their first-ever point in a top-flight derby against Real Madrid with a 1-1 home draw last Monday, but suffered a 2-1 loss at Villarreal on Sunday. Alvaro Morata helped another team from the Spanish capital, Atletico Madrid, win 1-0 at Eibar.
In Serie A, Ola Aina started the move with a burst down the right which led to the only goal of the game as Torino won 1-0 at Genoa, meaning they have now lost just one of their last 12 away matches and are closing in on European qualification. That result saw them close in on AC Milan, who draw 1-1 at Parma with Tiemoue Bakayoko in their starting line-up.
Reims lost 2-0 to Saint-Etienne with Baba Rahman in their side. In Ligue 2 in France, Metz won 2-0 at Ajaccio with Victorien Angban in their team.
Back in England’s second tier, Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas helped Bristol City come from behind to draw 1-1 with an in-form Reading side including Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker, leaving the Robins one point off the play-offs with a game in hand, while the Royals went five points clear of the relegation zone.
A result which got plenty of notice, Reece James and Wigan Athletic came from behind to win 2-1 at promotion chasing Leeds United despite being reduced to 10 men after less than 15 minutes. Derby County twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Birmingham City with Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount in the side, Tomori twice being denied a late winner by the goalkeeper in injury time.
Michael Hector featured throughout Sheffield Wednesday’s controversial 2-2 draw at Norwich, in which they conceded an equaliser from a 97th-minute free-kick. Trevoh Chalobah was a second-half substitute as Ipswich Town lost 4-0 at Preston North End.
Dujon Sterling played the whole of Coventry City’s 2-0 win over Bradford City, a result which relegated the latter to League Two.
Jacob Maddox came off the bench in the second half of Cheltenham Town’s 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic. Nathan Baxter could not prevent Yeovil Town, who were reduced to nine men by a red card and late injury, going down to a 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra.