With football back in full swing for the top two divisions in England and some European countries following the restart, our round-up of the recent action involving our loan players continues…
Starting in the Championship, Izzy Brown (pcitured above) played a big part in what could turn out to be an important weekend in the relegation battle.
Brown came off the bench to set up a potentially crucial goal for Luton Town. His cross allowed James Collins to head in against a Swansea City side featuring Conor Gallagher, with Marc Guehi among the substitutes for the Welsh side, giving the Hatters a 1-0 win.
That moved Luton off the bottom of the table and closed the gap to Huddersfield Town to three points after their 3-1 loss at Nottingham Forest, with Trevoh Chalobah coming off the bench for the last half-an-hour of that match for the 10-man Terriers.
Jake Clarke-Salter, who has extended his loan until the end of the current season, helped Birmingham City earn a point against the other side involved in that three-way battle to avoid the drop, Hull City. In the Championship’s game of the weekend, the Blues took the lead but then needed to come from behind twice before sharing the spoils with the Tigers in an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Elsewhere in England’s second tier, Reading were beaten 2-1 by Derby County in a fiery encounter, with Matt Miazga and Derby’s Tom Lawrence both being shown red cards following angry confrontations at the final whistle.
Danny Drinkwater did not get off the bench in Aston Villa’s Premier League defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, but has extended his stay at Villa Park until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Miazga's loan at Reading has also been extended to the end of the season.
In a double-game week for Serie A, Victor Moses had a frustrating Wednesday as he left the pitch with Inter leading Sassuolo 2-1, only to see his side go down to 10 men and a flurry of late goals result in a 3-3 draw.
He played a big part in helping the Nerazzurri bounce back with a win, though, coming off the bench at Parma on Sunday to provide the cross for Alessandro Bastoni’s 87th-minute winner, completing a dramatic late comeback. That leaves Inter comfortably positioned in third-place, four points ahead of Atalanta, who won 3-2 at Udinese as Mario Pasalic, who will join the Bergamo club permanently for next season, returned from suspension.
There were mixed fortunes for Davide Zappacosta in Italy too. On Wednesday he came off the bench for Roma with the Giallorossi 1-0 down to Sampdoria, helping them turn the game around to win 2-1. However, he could not prevent them suffering a 2-0 defeat at Milan when he played from the start on Sunday. Zappacosta is another to have his loan deal extended to the end of the season, while Ethan Ampadu and Kenedy have completed their loans at RB Leipzig and Getafe, respectively, and will now return to Chelsea.
In Portugal, Lucas Piazon and Rio Ave came from behind to win 2-1 at Vitoria Setubal, leaving them just one point behind the Europa League qualification places with six games left to play.