On Loan

Chelsea Here, Chelsea There: Gallagher and Palace shock Spurs, brace by Batshuayi, debuts for Baba and Bakayoko

In our round-up of the action involving Chelsea players on loan over the last week, there were a couple of impressive performances in the Premier League and Michy Batshuayi scored his first goals for Besiktas.

Conor Gallagher picked up his first win of the season with Crystal Palace in some style, as they ended Tottenham Hotpsur’s 100 per cent Premier League record by beating them 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Gallagher impressed for the Eagles again, having an early effort well saved by Hugo Lloris and setting up debutant Odsonne Edouard to score Palace’s third against 10-man Spurs in added time.

Armando Broja was desperately unlucky not to score his first Premier League goal and give Southampton victory after coming on for the last 15 minutes of their 0-0 draw with West Ham United. The striker struck the post with one shot before having a late header cleared off the line, leaving manager Ralph Hasenhuttl impressed with how he is adapting to life on loan with the Saints.

‘It’s impressive how quick he learns and how quick he wants to do it better and I’ve seen why the scouts wanted to sign him,’ he said. ‘He definitely shows qualities we haven’t had so far in this squad and this was very positive for me.’

Michy Batshuayi scored his first two goals for Besiktas as he hit a brace in their 3-0 home win over Malatyaspor. It took the Belgian just seven minutes to get his first for the club as he latched on to Miralem Pjanic’s through-ball and fired through the goalkeeper's legs, and he added another in the second half as he closed down the keeper and blocked his clearance on the edge of the box, sending Besiktas top of the table on goal difference.

Tiemoue Bakayoko made the first appearance of his second spell with AC Milan as they made it three wins from as many games by beating Lazio 2-0 at home. However, it wasn’t the happy return he would have wanted as his match last less than 15 minutes when he was forced off with an injury, having also been booked within two minutes of coming off the bench in an ill-tempered game, which also saw former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, now with Lazio, shown a red card for storming onto the pitch to confront Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Emerson featured throughout as Lyon secured their second consecutive win in Ligue 1, and their first at home this season, comfortably beating Strasbourg 3-1 despite conceding from an injury-time penalty.

Karlo Ziger started for Rudar Velenje as they came back from a goal down to win 4-1 against Drava Ptuj, keeping them within touching distance of the promotion places in Slovenia.

Back in England, defenders Jake Clarke-Salter and Ian Maatsen helped Coventry City continue their unbeaten home record in the Championship. Both players started their match on Saturday before being withdrawn in the closing stages of a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough, with Maatsen being replaced by former Chelsea Academy player Todd Kane, who was making his Sky Blues debut.

Baba Rahman made his own debut for Reading in their home fixture against Queens Park Rangers, as former Chelsea midfielder John Swift scored a hat-trick before the Royals conceded an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3..

Henry Lawrence was involved in two high-scoring thrillers with Wimbledon. First he came off the bench with the score tied at 2-2 in their EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth, before they went behind. However, Lawrence was fouled in the box with 10 minutes left and the resulting penalty sparked a late surge to win 5-3.

The full-back was in the starting line-up as the Dons travelled to Morecambe in League One on Saturday, again coming back from 3-2 down to win, this time 4-3 thanks to an injury-time winner, with Lawrence’s cross from the left setting up Wimbledon’s second goal.

Goalkeeper Jamie Cumming made a series of saves, including one excellent stop with his leg on the stroke of half-time, as Gillingham played out an open and entertaining 1-1 draw at Burton Albion in League One.

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