A round-up of the action from our loanees over the last week including some memorable debuts and firsts…
Davide Zappacosta scored on his debut in a comfortable win for Genoa on the opening day of the Serie A season. Having only completed his loan to the Italian side the day before, Zappacosta went straight into the Rossoblu’s starting line-up on Sunday. He scored an impressive goal in the first half, beating his man and cutting in from the left before drilling the ball in low at the near post, to get Genoa’s third in a 4-1 victory over Crotone.
In the Netherlands, young striker Armando Broja scored his first goal in senior football. The 19-year-old came on with half-an-hour left of Vitesse Arnhem’s Eredivisie fixture against Sparta Rotterdam and his side winning 1-0, scoring their second in the 82nd minute to make the three points safe.
Kenedy was also on target in his first start for Granada. It took the Brazilian just 10 minutes to find the net after being named in the line-up for their Europa League qualifying tie against Teuta of Albania, helping them to a 4-0 away win in the Spanish side’s first-ever game in European competition. He followed it by an appearance as a substitute in another victory at the weekend, this time 2-1 at home over Alaves in La Liga.
Former Chelsea midfielder Eddie Newton, now manager of Turkish side Trabzonspor, brought Lewis Baker straight into his starting line-up. Baker played the full 90 minutes in midfield as they draw 0-0 away at Denizlispor. In Serbia, Danilo Pantic featured throughout Cukaricki’s 0-0 draw away at Radnicki Nis.
Back in England, Ethan Ampadu made his debut for Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup on Thursday, playing the full 90 minutes in a three-man defence as they drew 1-1 with Burnley, but it was the Clarets who came out on top in the penalty shoot-out.
There was also the pain of a shoot-out defeat in the Carabao Cup for Michy Batshuayi, who made the first appearance of his loan at Crystal Palace against Bournemouth. After playing the whole of the 0-0 draw, Batshuayi successfully converted his spot kick before former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic saved Luka Milivojevic’s effort to give the Cherries the win. Things were happier for Batshuayi and Palace on Saturday, though, as he came off the bench in their biggest-ever win at Old Trafford, beating Manchester United 3-1.
Defender Marc Guehi helped Swansea City keep another clean sheet on Saturday, meaning they haven’t conceded in either of their two Championship matches so far. He also came close to snatching a late win for the Welsh side against Birmingham City in a game of few chances, when his 88th-minute header from a corner forced a good save from the goalkeeper, but it finished 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Izzy Brown played the full 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday, but couldn’t break the deadlock either as they drew 0-0 at home with Watford. Jamal Blackman couldn’t prevent Rotherham United losing 1-0 at home to Millwall.
One division lower, Tariq Uwakwe was a constant threat from the left-wing for Accrington Stanley at Burton Albion, who had fellow Chelsea loanee Teddy Sharman-Lowe on the bench, but it was the home side who made the most of their chances to win 2-1.
There was a day of firsts for Jamie Cumming in League Two, as following two score draws the goalkeeper kept his first clean sheet in senior football to help Stevenage Borough to their first win of the season, beating Oldham Athletic 3-0.