On Loan

Chelsea here Chelsea there – Goal and praise for Conor Gallagher

There were goals, assists and action aplenty for Chelsea’s loan contingent both at home and across the continent.

Conor Gallagher (pictured top) earned a glowing endorsement from Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer after his latest contribution to what has been an impressive start to the season for both player and club at the Valley. This time he curled home a sumptuous effort from long range to put the seal on a 3-0 victory over Derby County which moves his side up to seventh, and outside the play-off places on only goal difference.

‘Some finish, wasn't it?’ said Bowyer. ‘An unbelievable strike but I don't get carried away with it because he does it every day in training. For me, the kid's got everything. Chelsea have got some player there and he's only 19. Hopefully we can keep him for the season.

‘The kid’s doing so well, I don’t know how much more I can praise him,’ Bowyer added.

‘It’s not just what he brings in possession, his work-rate, he’s everywhere. He’s literally everywhere. He just does not stop working for the team and we’re lucky to have him.

‘He’s got so much to learn about the game but he’s fearless and he leaves everything out on the pitch and he can play, the kid can play.’

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Gallagher was not the only member of our Championship contingent to find the back of the net this weekend, although he was joined by an unlikely source. Before this weekend Matt Miazga was still awaiting his first goal in English football, but that all changed when he fired in a 98th-minute winner for Reading against Preston North End which took the Royals out of the relegation zone. It also came in Mark Bowen’s first game since taking charge of the club last week, and he is being assisted by former Chelsea goalkeeper and coach Eddie Niedzwiecki.
 

There was a big win in the second tier, too, for Luton Town and Izzy Brown played his part in the Hatters’ 3-0 triumph at home to Bristol City as he set up their second for Harry Cornick. The on-loan Blues winger almost found the back of the net himself in the first half, but his 20-yard shot came back off the post.

Trevoh Chalobah was also in Championship action at the weekend, playing just shy of an hour as Huddersfield Town came from behind to draw 2-2 at Blackburn Rovers, extending their unbeaten run to four matches since Danny Cowley took over as manager. There will be a further chance for our loanees to impress in that division as a full round of midweek fixtures is on the horizon this week.

Things didn’t go quite so well for Richard Nartey and Burton in League One, however, as they were beaten 4-1 by Fleetwood Town. In League Two, Josh Grant played the final five minutes of Plymouth’s 2-0 win over Carlisle which leaves them knocking on the door of the play-off places.

AROUND EUROPE

Kenedy has been carving out quite the niche for himself as an impact sub for Getafe, and so it proved once again as he made another decisive contribution from the bench against Leganes. The Brazilian was introduced on the hour mark and he took just four minutes to tee up Angel Rodriguez for the first of his two goals in a 2-0 victory.
 

Mario Pasalic would have been reflecting on a job well done for Atalanta when he was taken off after an hour of their visit to the Stadio Olimpico against Lazio, as his side led 3-0 when he made way for ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Marten De Roon. By full-time, however, that lead had evaporated, following a stunning fightback from the Biancocelesti which snatched a point with a stoppage-time penalty from Ciro Immobile.

In France’s Ligue 1, Tiemoue Bakayoko helped Monaco to a 3-2 victory over Rennes for just their third win of the season. Former Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided an assist for Islam Slimani’s goal which drew them level at 2-2 shortly after half-time.

Danilo Pantic came off the bench for MOL Fehervar, but their lead at the top of the Hungarian top flight is down to three points after they drew 0-0 against Mezokovesd Zsory, while Lucas Piazon played the first half of Rio Ave’s win over Condeixa in the Portuguese Cup. And although he did not get onto the field, Victor Moses was named in the Fenerbahce squad after a spell on the sidelines as they won at Denizlispor on Sunday.

Nathan played for Atletico Mineiro against Santos and won 2-0. Juan Castillo continues to be selected for Ajax’s Under-21 side, although on this occasion he ended on the losing side as they were beaten 3-2 by AZ Alkmaar’s Under-21s in the Dutch second tier. Ike Ugbo was also in action at that level for Roda JC as they were held to a goalless draw by Den Bosch.
 

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