A round-up of the action from our loanees over the last week including a Premier League debut and a goalkeeper heading on loan…
Ethan Ampadu made his Premier League debut at the start of the week as a first-half substitute for Sheffield United at Villa Park, though the Wales international could not prevent the Blades falling to a defeat in the Midlands.
The 20-year-old replaced forward David McGoldrick after just half an hour as Chris Wilder responded to his side going down to 10 men but the pressure eventually told in the second half as Aston Villa scored the only goal of the game through Ezri Konsa.
Ampadu then started the Yorkshire derby against Leeds United on Sunday but there was late heartbreak for Sheffield United as former Blue Patrick Bamford netted again to steal all three points late on for Marcelo Bielsa’s men. The result means the Blades sit bottom and pointless after their opening three games.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Michy Batshuayi played the final 15 minutes as Crystal Palace dropped their first points of the season at Selhurst Park. The striker replaced new boy Eberechi Eze but could not help Palace to a comeback following a controversial penalty awarded to Everton for handball late in the first half.
The Eagles visit Stamford Bridge next, though Batshuayi will be ineligible to face his parent club on Saturday lunchtime, as was Conor Gallagher when the Blues travelled to West Brom on Saturday.
In Spain, Granada’s winning start to the season ended abruptly in the capital as a rampant Atletico Madrid beat them 6-1, with Diego Costa opening the scoring and new signing Luis Suarez bagging a late brace from the bench.
Kenedy started for Diego Martinez’s side and was replaced after an hour. They have a place in the Europa League group stage to play for this midweek when they travel to Sweden to take on Malmo.
After scoring on his debut on the opening weekend of the Serie A season for Genoa, there was far less cause for celebration for Davide Zappacosta as his new loan side were beaten 6-0 at Napoli.
Elsewhere in Europe, Lewis Baker completed back-to-back 90 minutes in Turkey’s Super Lig as Trabzonspor won 3-1 against Yeni Malatyaspor, with the midfielder involved in all three goals. It was his corner that led to former Stoke City striker Benik Afobe opening the scoring midway through the first half before the 25-year-old found himself in an advanced position to tee up Afobe again for the second.
Baker again featured in the move that made it 3-0 before the break as Eddie Newton’s side claimed their first victory of the campaign.
In Belgium’s top division, Ike Ugbo notched his second goal of the season for Cercle Brugge in Monday’s 3-0 win over St Truiden. The young striker converted from the penalty spot and had another ruled out by VAR for offside. He retained his place in the attack alongside Kylian Hazard for the weekend’s derby against Club Brugge but couldn’t prevent his new side from losing 2-1, leaving them ninth in the early standings.
Lucas Piazon played the final 23 minutes of Rio Ave’s 0-0 draw with Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, while Danilo Pantic was involved in the majority of Cukaricki’s 4-0 win against Macva in Serbia. In the Netherlands, Armando Broja came on after an hour of Vitesse’s 2-1 defeat at Ajax.
Back in England, there was a third successive clean sheet for Swansea City and Marc Guehi, who moved up to third in the Championship with a 2-0 win at newly promoted Wycombe Wanderers. Steve Cooper’s side have opted for three at the back in their opening games and the system appears to be well-suited to their defensive options.
Jamal Blackman helped Rotherham United pick up a useful point away at Birmingham City as they drew 1-1, though there was a 2-0 loss for Izzy Brown and Sheffield Wednesday at Bristol City, with the forward replaced after 68 minutes.
In League One, Luke McCormick went straight into the Bristol Rovers side for his debut away at Doncaster Rovers, though the Gas were beaten 4-1 in Yorkshire. A division lower, Jamie Cumming continued between the posts for Stevenage but they were beaten 2-1 by Bradford City, four days after opening their EFL Trophy campaign with a victory over Southampton’s Under-21s.
Another young goalkeeper, Ethan Wady, has completed a season-long loan move to National League South side Dartford.