On Loan

Chelsea Here Chelsea There: Kenedy scores again as Tomori and Guehi keep clean sheets

In our round-up of the weekend loan highlights, there is news of another goal for the in-form Kenedy, important victories for teams at the top of the table and a bright showing from Ruben Loftus-Cheek…

Starting with the midfielder on loan at Fulham, Loftus-Cheek played the full game against West Ham on Saturday evening and impressed in a goalless draw.

He even had a couple of chances to win it and his boss Scott Parker had this to say about him afterwards: ‘We've seen a performance from the boy that is nothing short of incredible. I thought he was fantastic: taking us up the pitch, control, his whole game.’

However, the point doesn’t do Fulham, without a win since November, many favours. They are now eight points adrift of Burnley in 17th.

A place and three points lower than the Cottagers are West Brom, who lost 2-0 at Tottenham on Sunday with Conor Gallagher playing the whole game.

There was a win for Ross Barkley and Aston Villa the day before, Arsenal beaten 1-0 at Villa Park courtesy of an early Ollie Watkins goal. Barkley played 78 minutes in a no.10 role.

In Spain, Kenedy notched his third goal in five games for Granada with an accurate driven finish from the left-hand side of the box (pictured top). That brought the score away to Levante back to 1-1, and the teams traded a further goal each after Kenedy’s withdrawal on the hour to leave with a share of the spoils.

Over the border in Portugal, Malang Sarr was back in the Porto line-up as they lost a two-goal lead late on at title rivals Braga, drawing 2-2. Sarr played the full game at left-back.

It was another positive weekend for Fikayo Tomori, as he helped AC Milan to a crushing 4-0 victory over Crotone in a meeting of the top and bottom teams in Serie A.

Also in Italy, there was a fourth win in five for Davide Zappacosta and Genoa. They beat Napoli 2-1 to move up to 14th in the table. Tiemoue Bakayoko came on for the visitors.

In the Eredivisie, Marco van Ginkel and Armando Broja made late substitute appearances for PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arnhem respectively. PSV eased past Twente 3-0, but there was no such luck for Vitesse who lost 1-0 at Heerenveen.

There were a mixed pair of results in Belgium, too. Anderlecht, with Matt Miazga in the heart of defence, impressively won 2-1 at second-placed Genk, but Cercle Bruges and Ike Ugbo succumbed 1-0 at KV Mechelen.

The Serbian league returned from its winter break this weekend and Danilo Pantic helped Cukaricki get up and running with a victory, 1-0 at Indija. In Turkey, a Trabzonspor side featuring Lewis Baker won by the same scoreline against Denizlispor.

Injuries meant there wasn’t as much action as usual for our loanees in the EFL, but the standout performance and result came at the Liberty Stadium, where Swansea beat top-of-the-table Norwich 2-0. Marc Guehi was again excellent for the Swans defensively, and he was also involved in the opening goal. They have now conceded just 15 goals in 27 league games this term.

In League One, Nathan Baxter registered a clean sheet as Accrington Stanley and Northampton played out a goalless draw. Tariq Uwakwe was withdrawn after 27 minutes for the hosts.

Further north, Luke McCormick came off the bench for Bristol Rovers who ground out a goalless draw at Fleetwood, a good response to their midweek thrashing at the hands of Accrington.