In our latest collection of loan player highlights we have news from midweek and weekend fixtures both at home and abroad…
Victor Moses (pictured top) traded Fenerbahce for Inter Milan during the transfer window and he made his debut for the Nerazzuri in their 2-1 win over Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night. The Nigerian winger was then named among the starters when they beat Udinese in Serie A. Mario Pasalic was also in action in Italy’s top flight, playing the first 54 minutes of Atalanta’s 2-2 draw with Genoa.
Lucas Piazon started both of Rio Ave’s games this week in Portugal as they won 2-1 at Vitoria SC on Monday before drawing 2-2 at home to Famalicao on Friday,
It was a weekend to forget for Tiemoue Bakayoko, however, as he was dismissed for an apparent stamp in the 32nd minute of Monaco’s 3-1 defeat at Nimes.
Elsewhere, Kenedy came on for the final few seconds of Getafe’s 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and, in the Dutch second tier, Ike Ugbo and Roda JC were held to a goalless draw by TOP Oss and George McEachran was an unused sub for SC Cambuur after joining them last week. Charlie Brown was also on the bench for his new team, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, in the Belgian second division.
Around the UK
It was a busy week for our loanees in the Championship this week. Izzy Brown came off the bench in midweek to make his first appearance for Luton Town since the end of November. The Hatters had won only once in his absence, but he helped them to a 3-2 victory over Derby County after coming on when the score was 1-1. However, another 30-minute cameo on Saturday came in a losing cause as the Hatters were beaten 2-0 by Championship leaders West Brom.
Ahead of Huddersfield’s two games this week, Trevoh Chalobah was praised by Terriers boss Danny Cowley, who said of the on-loan Blues midfielder: ‘He has had a season at Ipswich and two thirds of a season at Huddersfield and he will have learned loads.
‘He is learning all the time, he is a great kid and he wants to get better; a fantastic professional. For a young player he has a really mature head on his shoulders - he does everything right in terms of the way he lives and trains.’
The following day, Chalobah started in Huddersfield’s 2-1 win at Hull City on Tuesday night, which came courtesy of a 96th-minute winner, although the Terriers were then beaten 3-2 at Fulham in a strange game which saw the Cottagers lead 3-0 at one stage and all five goals came in the first half.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Jake Clarke-Salter played the full 90 minutes as Birmingham City came from behind to win 2-1 and end Nottingham Forest’s seven-game unbeaten run. Swansea City were not able to take full advantage of that slip-up by a fellow promotion chaser, though, as they were held 1-1 by Preston. Marc Guehi and Conor Gallagher both started and the latter was involved in the Welsh side’s equaliser.
Dropping down to League One, Jamal Blackman made his second appearance between the sticks for Bristol Rovers in midweek and although he conceded in the 82nd minute, the Gas did at least score their first league goal since Boxing Day as they drew 1-1 with bottom club Bolton Wanderers. Their winless streak was then extended to 11 games following a home defeat against Coventry City on Saturday.
Richard Nartey played the full 90 minutes in midweek as Burton remained in play-off contention with a 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, which is of course home to Chelsea Women.
There was also a 2-2 draw for Josh Grant and Plymouth on Tuesday night, when the Pilgrims continue to push for automatic promotion from League Two.
Up in Scotland, Nathan Baxter made some good saves in a losing cause for Ross County against Rangers in midweek and his side then slipped to a third defeat on the bounce when they were beaten by Kilmarnock at the weekend.