One of our loanees brought up a Championship milestone this weekend amid a busy week of domestic action both in the Football League and abroad…
Trevoh Chalobah (pictured top) made his 50th appearance in the Championship when he started for Huddersfield Town in their 1-1 home draw against Millwall and although he did not reach the milestone with a win, the result ended a seven-game losing run for the Terriers and took them off the bottom of the table at the expense of Stoke City.Another of our loanees also played his part in ending a losing sequence, as Izzy Brown helped Luton Town to a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers after three defeats on the spin. The winger crossed for James Collins to head home the Hatters’ opener as they returned to winning ways after being on the wrong end of a 4-0 home loss against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, a game in which Brown played the final 30 minutes as a substitute.The shock result of the weekend in the Championship came at the Valley, however, as Charlton defeated promotion favourites Leeds United. In a dogged 1-0 win for Lee Bowyer’s side, on-loan Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher continued his fine start to life as an Addick by winning the Man of the Match award.
After a winless start to the campaign, Tiemoue Bakayoko helped Monaco record back-to-back victories in France’s Ligue 1 this week when they beat Nice and Brest in consecutive home matches at the Stade Louis II.
Kenedy came on as a half-time substitute for Getafe who lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona. Manager Jose Bordalas was obviously hoping for a similar result to midweek after making the same change, as the Brazilian came off the bench to assist a goal as they came back from 3-1 down to draw with Valencia, who are in our Champions League group.Mario Pasalic also made an impact after coming on as a substitute in Serie A this week. The Croatian midfielder was brought on in the 88th minute against Roma in midweek and two minutes later he set up Marten de Roon to put the seal on a 2-0 win in the Italian capital. That earned him a starting berth for their weekend assignment at Sassuolo, which they won 4-1 to move up to third place.Ike Ugbo has been in good scoring form since dropping down to the Dutch second tier with Roda JC and he netted the equaliser in their 1-1 home draw with De Graafschap on Friday evening. It was his third goal in five starts, and fourth overall, since joining the Miners in August. Another Blues loanee, Juan Castillo, was also in action in the division when he helped Ajax’s Under-21 side to a 4-1 win at MVV Maastricht.In the Bundesliga, Lewis Baker played the full 90 minutes of Fortuna Dusseldorf’s 2-1 defeat at home to Freiburg, while there was also a setback for Danilo Pantic and MOL Fehervar in Hungary. The Serbian midfielder came off the bench in their 2-0 loss against Ujpest which saw one of our opponents in last season’s Europa League drop points for the first time this season, although they remain top of the table.