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news Mon 5 Feb 2018
There was no shortage of goalscorers among our players out on loan in the past week. We round up the action and look at the days to come…
On his debut for his new loan club, Michy Batshuayi netted twice for Borussia Dortmund and then laid on the winner for former Blues forward Andre Schurrle against Cologne. It is the fourth different top-flight division, after Belgium, France and England, in which the Belgian striker has scored a brace.
Kenedy also enjoyed a fine start to his new loan spell, impressing this week for Newcastle United. The Brazilian made his debut for the Magpies against Burnley in midweek, setting up Jamaal Lascelles' goal in a 1-1 draw and also winning a penalty which was missed by Joselu. He followed that up with another assist against Crystal Palace on Sunday when his corner-kick was turned home by Mohamed Diame.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Kurt Zouma helped Stoke City keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw at home to Watford in midweek, and also played the full 90 minutes as the Potters let slip a one-goal lead at Bournemouth to lose 2-1.
Dropping down to the Championship, Jeremie Boga started in a pair of 3-1 wins for Birmingham City which have taken that club out of the relegation zone. He scored the second in their win over Sunderland in midweek when he headed Jacques Maghoma's cross into the bottom corner. Jake Clarke-Salter played 65 minutes of that game for the Black Cats, who remain second from bottom.
Hull City are one place better off, but still in the drop zone. Ola Aina started for them in a 0-0 draw with Leeds United, alongside Fikayo Tomori , and in a 2-1 defeat at Preston. Michael Hector came off the bench in the former and played the full 90 minutes of the latter.
Fulham's bid for promotion to the Premier League was boosted by a pair of wins this past week, with Lucas Piazon on target in a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest to extend our neighbours' winning run to four. Tomas Kalas also started both wins as the team managed by former Blues midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic moved up to fifth and within six points of the second automatic promotion spot, currently occupied by Derby County. Kasey Palmer joined the Rams on transfer-deadline day and he came on in the 90th minute of their 3-0 win over Brentford.
Charly Musonda made his debut for Celtic as a substitute in their 3-1 win over Hearts, but his first start for the Hoops came in a 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock, who are managed by ex-Blues player and coach, Steve Clarke.
In League One, two Chelsea loanees were involved in a thriller as Oxford United came from behind to win at Charlton Athletic. Todd Kane marked his debut for the Us with a late equaliser, which was followed by a stoppage-time winner, after Jay Dasilva had earlier set-up the goal which put the Addicks 2-1 ahead. Elsewhere in the third tier, Jordan Houghton played 90 minutes as Doncaster were involved in an eventful 2-2 draw at Portsmouth and Ike Ugbo came off the bench for MK Dons as they lost 1-0 at Walsall to remain in the relegation zone.
There were wins this week for two of our young goalkeepers on loan, Bradley Collins and Nathan Baxter. The former helped Forest Green Rovers defeat Coventry City to move out of the League Two drop zone, and Woking beat promotion-chasing Fylde in the National League after Baxter produced a fine performance in a 1-0 win.
Vitesse Arnhem's 2-0 win over Groningen in the Eredivisie came courtesy of a pair of goals from Chelsea loanees. Matt Miazga and Mason Mount were both on target in the first half, and Fankaty Dabo also started for the home side. Marco van Ginkel and PSV Eindhoven remain top after a 4-0 win at home to Zwolle, in which the midfielder played 70 minutes after coming off the bench in midweek in his side's 2-0 defeat to Feyenoord in the Dutch Cup.
Victorien Angban scored his first goal of the season for Waasland-Beveren as they recorded a 2-1 win against Antwerp which moved them up to seventh in the Belgian top flight.
Nathan, meanwhile, took only five minutes to make an impact on debut for Belenenses in Portugal. However, his goal after coming on in the 81st minute was not enough to give his side a shock win over Benfica as they netted in the seventh minute of stoppage time.
The week ahead
Our first team and our opponents Watford complete the latest round of Premier League fixtures when we play at Vicarage Road tonight. Kick-off is at 8pm.
There are consecutive nights of action as our development squad aim for a place at Wembley on Tuesday when they take on Lincoln City’s senior side in the semi-final of the Checkatrade Trophy. That game is away at Sincil Bank with a 7.45pm start. It is live on Sky Sports.
A fair few of that squad will also be interested in the UEFA Youth League draw for the knockout stages when that is made on Friday, which is also the day the Under-18s play a league match at home to Swansea City, kick-off 1.15pm.
Chelsea Ladies bring the week’s action to an end when they play away on Saturday in the WSL. There is a 2pm start against Birmingham City Ladies. By then they will know their next opponents in the Women’s FA Cup as the draw for the next round is today.