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Our latest loan round-up includes news of debuts for some of those players who have recently moved, as well as a maiden goal in Turkey for Victor Moses.

We begin with an update on the Nigerian's first couple of appearances for Fenerbahce, and it's undoubtedly been a promising start.

Moses opened his account for Fenerbahce in what was his second substitute in the space of five days for the Turkish side, both of which ended in victories to help them out of the relegation zone. After playing 25 minutes against Yeni Malatyaspor on Monday, he was afforded the same time on Friday night at home to Goztepe and he finished with aplomb after embarking on a mazy run and exchanging passes with Jailson.

Michy Batshuayi made a winning start to life at Crystal Palace, helping the Eagles to a 2-0 victory over Fulham. The Belgian international moved to Selhurst Park in the early hours of Friday morning after spending the first half of the season with Valencia and he made an impact shortly after his 82nd minute arrival from the subs bench, as he forced Sergio Rico into a fine save from which Jeffrey Schlupp turned home the rebound the make the game safe for Palace.

After the game, Batshuayi said: 'I'm going to bring as much as I can to help the team win and get some game time to be at my best. I feel good but I need to train with the team so to have the whole team together will be something that's good. I spent one day (with them) before training and with the coach.'

Our two other Premier League loanees both slipped to defeat, though, as Spurs beat Newcastle United with a late goal shortly after Kenedy was brought on and Kurt Zouma couldn't prevent Everton losing 3-1 at home to Wolves.

Christian Pulisic came off the bench for Borussia Dortmund as the Bundesliga leaders were held 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt, although it proved to be a point gained rather than two lost as their nearest challengers, Bayern Munich, were defeated to extend Dortmund's lead to seven.

Alvaro Morata's first appearance for Atletico Madrid ended in defeat as a 1-0 reverse at Real Betis left them trailing Barcelona by six points at the top of La Liga. Elsewhere in Spain, Kenneth Omeruo could be involved when Leganes take on Rayo Vallecano this evening.
 

In Italy, Ola Aina and Torino drew 0-0 at SPAL, a result which leaves them halfway up the table, while Tiemoue Bakayoko played the full game as AC Milan drew 1-1 away at Roma. Mario Pasalic will hope to feature when Atalanta travel to Cagliari tonight.

In the Championship, Fikayo Tomori was part of the Derby County defence which kept a clean sheet in their goalless draw at Preston North End, a result which leaves Frank Lampard's side out of the play-off places only on goal difference. The Rams are level on points with Bristol City, who recorded a seventh successive win to see off Swansea City, with Tomas Kalas, Jay Dasilva and Kasey Palmer, the latter as a late substitute, helping them to a 2-0 victory.

Todd Kane and Hull City remain in contention for the top six after beating Stoke City 2-0, but Aston Villa missed the chance to keep pace with the play-off contenders as they were held 0-0 at Reading in a game featuring several of our loanees. Tammy Abraham, the Championship's joint highest scorer, was denied for the Villans by an excellent late save and the Royals remain in the relegation zone despite the best efforts of Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker.

Wigan Athletic, aided by Reece James, edged further away from the bottom three thanks to a 2-1 win over QPR, but Ipswich Town remain adrift at the bottom after losing to a Sheffield Wednesday side containing Michael Hector. It could have been a different story for the Tractor Boys had Keiren Westwood not kept out Trevoh Chalobah's late header with the game still goalless. Before kick-off Chalobah received Ipswich's Player of the Month award for January.

 

Vitesse remain fifth in the Eredivisie after drawing 2-2 at home Heerenveen, a game which Eduardo and Jake Clarke-Salter both started. Former Blues youngster Mukhtar Ali scored Vitesse's first goal.

In League One, Bradley Collins was in fine form for Burton Albion to earn his side a point in a 0-0 draw at Oxford, despite the Brewers playing the best part of 80 minutes with 10 men. Our other loanee in that division, Dujon Sterling, was also involved in a draw as Coventry City were held 1-1 by Gillingham.

The cold weather led to several postponements in League Two, which meant a weekend off for Jacob Maddox and Cheltenham Town, but Nathan Baxter was in action for Yeovil Town as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Stevenage.

Elsewhere in Europe, Kylian Hazard played an hour as Cercle Brugge lost at Zulte-Waregem in the Belgian top flight and Victorien Angban started Metz's 1-1 draw with Troyes in France's Ligue 2.

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