We look at the loan action for our players over the last week, as the Championship approaches a dramatic finale at both ends of the table.
Trevoh Chalobah and Huddersfield Town made an impact at both ends of the Championship table. The Chelsea loanee started both their fixtures in midfield as they drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday and beat title-hopefuls West Bromwich Albion 2-1. That put Huddersfield three points and three places clear of relegation, with only one match left and a goal difference advantage of 14 compared to Luton Town at the top of the drop zone.
As well as all but securing Huddersfield’s Championship status for another season, that win at West Brom also had consequences at the top of the table, as it confirmed Leeds United as champions.
Lower down in the promotion race, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi helped keep Swansea City’s chances of making the play-offs alive. Gallagher’s curling shot struck the post, allowing Connor Roberts to turn in the rebound and give them a 1-0 win over Bristol City.
However, having been held to a 2-2 draw by direct play-off rivals Nottingham Forest earlier in the week, Swansea need to win their last match and hope either Cardiff City or Forest lose, also requiring a five-goal swing in goal difference to go ahead of the latter.
In their final game the Swans face Reading, who had Matt Miazga on their bench for losses to Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, with the Hoops already safely in mid-table.
In the Premier League, Jacob Maddox was on the bench for Southampton’s 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Overseas, the football season is still going strong in Italy, where Inter Milan versus Roma became the highest-scoring fixture in the history of Serie A by surpassing the 500-goal milestone. Victor Moses came off the bench in the second half of the latest match between the two sides on Sunday, having returned as an unused substitute for their 4-0 win over SPAL on Thursday.
With his side 2-1 down at the Stadio Olimpico, having themselves surrendered a first-half lead, Moses was instrumental in earning his side a point. With two minutes left he capitalised on a poor touch from Roma’s Leonardo Spinazzola, before being fouled by a clumsy piece of defending from the same player to give Inter a penalty. It was converted by fellow substitute Romelu Lukaku, making the final score 2-2.
Davide Zappacosta was on the bench for Roma in that draw, having helped the Giallorossi win their third consecutive game earlier in the week, when two first-half goals gave them a 2-1 victory at home against Hellas Verona.
In Portugal, Lucas Piazon started back-to-back draws for Rio Ave, 2-2 at home with Santa Clara and 0-0 away at Maritimo. That leaves Rio Ave one point behind the Europa League qualification places with one game remaining, against Boavista on Sunday.