The transfer deadline bought little news for the Loan Army, but one of the players who did head out during January made an instant impact for his new club.
Victor Moses is no stranger to the Loan Army. Before he became a Premier League champion under Antonio Conte, the Nigerian international spent time at Stoke City, Liverpool and West Ham United. Back in familiar territory, he started his eighteen-month adventure with Fenerbahce by scoring their second goal in a 2-0 win over Goztepe.
The Premier League’s double game week saw Kurt Zouma ease Everton to a 1-0 win and a clean sheet away to Huddersfield before losing 3-1 at home to a far more capable Wolves team. Kenedy played eleven minutes across two substitute appearances for Newcastle, having lost his place in the team to a former member of these very pages, Christian Atsu.
Michy Batshuayi swapped Valencia for Crystal Palace and made an instant impact; he came off the bench to play a major role in their second goal in a 2-0 win over Fulham.
Reece James stood out again for Wigan in their 2-1 win over QPR, playing in central midfield for the first time from the start this season, and impressing as much as he has at right-back. He played there during his younger days coming through the ranks at Chelsea, and has made a big fan in manager Paul Cook:
It was a mixed bag elsewhere in the division. Fikayo Tomori was imperious in helping Derby earn a point in a 0-0 draw at Preston, although Mason Mount missed out through an injury manager Frank Lampard expects to be a three-to-four week affair. The Blues’ trio at Bristol City took advantage of the Rams dropping two points to leapfrog them into the final playoff place as they won an eighth straight match in defeating Swansea 2-0. Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva played all ninety minutes while Kasey Palmer was an 83rd-minute substitute.
Matt Miazga made his Reading debut in a 1-1 draw at Bolton in midweek, making an early impression with his mobility and aerial presence, and helped secure a clean sheet and a draw against Tammy Abraham’s Aston Villa on Saturday. Abraham was denied his 20th goal of the season by a tremendous save from Emi Martinez, while Lewis Baker also put in a good 70-minute shift in an attacking midfield role.
Abraham, who had a tumultuous start to 2019 in which he was linked with a move away from Villa Park, earned high praise from Assistant Manager John Terry this week:
Trevoh Chalobah was unlucky not to score for Ipswich as a second-half substitute in their defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Michael Hector helped create the only goal of the match.
Todd Kane played every second of another win for an upwardly-mobile Hull City side as they beat Stoke City 2-0.
Izzy Brown scored in each of Leeds’ Under-23 matches this week and, with Marcelo Bielsa’s team ceding top spot to rivals Norwich, they might look to involve him sooner than they had planned to before this weekend.
Brad Collins made a string of important saves to earn Burton Albion a point in their goalless draw at home to Oxford United on Saturday.
Dujon Sterling played well, and almost scored, as Coventry drew 1-1 with Gillingham. Charlie Wakefield, now formerly of Chelsea, made his senior debut late in the same match after joining the Sky Blues permanently on Thursday.
Nathan Baxter and Yeovil were beaten by a single goal away to Stevenage, despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts, and in the absence of the injured Josh Grant.
Jacob Maddox and Cheltenham Town saw their match at home to Cambridge postponed due to poor weather.
Jack Wakely is settling into life at Basingstoke Town well, playing all of their defeat at Kings Langley in midweek, then playing his part in a winning effort away to Weymouth on Saturday.
Karlo Žiger and Sutton had their match postponed.
Jake Clarke-Salter will not be a fan of VAR this Sunday after it intervened against him, costing Vitesse a 3-1 win over Heerenveen, and instead forced them to settle for a 2-2 draw. A stoppage-time goal by Martin Odegaard was chalked off after video review decreed Clarke-Salter had conceded a rather soft penalty at the other end earlier in the play, and Sam Lammers beat Eduardo from the spot to ensure the sudden change was complete.
Earlier in the match, former Chelsea academy midfielder Mukhtar Ali scored his first senior goal.
Fankaty Dabo is still out injured and didn’t play for Sparta Rotterdam.
Ola Aina, now established as first-choice left wing-back for Torino, was his usual dependable self in a goalless draw at SPAL, and I Granata are expected to exercise their €10m option to make his stay a permanent one.
Mario Pašalić played just over an hour as Atalanta beat Juventus 3-0 in the Coppa Italia, a performance he will hope earns him a starting place away to Cagliari on Monday night.
Tiémoué Bakayoko played well in Milan’s 2-0 cup win against Napoli before doing the same at Roma on Sunday, while Lucas Piazon was an unused substitute for Chievo just three days after joining until the end of the season.
We’re down to three loanees in Spain after the departures of Batshuayi and Joao Rodriguez, who was released from his Chelsea contract on deadline day. Alvaro Morata couldn’t mark his Atlético Madrid debut with a goal, as they lost 1-0 at Betis, while we have to wait for Monday night to see Kenneth Omeruo play for Leganés away to Rayo Vallecano.
Josimar Quintero was handed a start for Lleida against Teruel on his 22nd birthday and played 55 minutes in a 2-0 defeat.
Christian Pulisic played 25 minutes in relief of Jadon Sancho as Dortmund drew 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Baba Rahman wasn’t yet available for Reims as they beat Marseille 2-1 in Ligue Une, but Victorien Angban very much was as he got 70 minutes in Metz’s 1-1 draw with Troyes, a result that kept them top of the table and three points clear of Brest.
Kylian Hazard played just over an hour as Cercle Brugge lost 3-2 to Zulte Waregem, where older brother Thorgan starred on loan himself a few years ago.
Jared Thompson and Warrenpoint had no action as their Irish Cup match at home to Queen’s University was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Nathan was an unused substitute for Atlético-MG at home to Guarani.
Started: July 14th
Updated: February 17th
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe/Cont||Other||Mins|
|Tammy Abraham||Aston Villa||27||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2334||27||20|
|Lewis Baker||Leeds United||11||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||491||14||0|
|Michy Batshuayi||Crystal Palace||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||112||3||0|
|Isaiah Brown||Leeds United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Trevoh Chalobah||Ipswich Town||32||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2549||33||2|
|Charlie Colkett||Shrewsbury Town||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||0||306||6||0|
|Fankaty Dabo||Sparta Rotterdam||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||663||10||0|
|Jay Dasilva||Bristol City||15||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1267||19||0|
|Kylian Hazard||Cercle Brugge||14||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||798||14||2|
|Michael Hector||Sheffield Wednesday||23||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2072||24||1|
|Reece James||Wigan Athletic||31||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2835||32||1|
|Tomas Kalas||Bristol City||24||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2236||25||0|
|Todd Kane||Hull City||28||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2389||29||1|
|Jacob Maddox||Cheltenham Town||27||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||3||2574||32||4|
|Mason Mount||Derby County||25||4||2||0||4||2||0||0||0||0||2696||30||6|
|Charly Musonda||Vitesse Arnhem||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Kasey Palmer||Blackburn Rovers||15||1||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||984||17||3|
|Kasey Palmer||Bristol City||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||217||6||1|
|Danilo Pantic||Partizan Belgrade||16||4||1||0||0||0||7||1||0||0||2121||25||5|
|Dujon Sterling||Coventry City||25||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2137||26||0|
|Fikayo Tomori||Derby County||28||1||4||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||3271||36||2|
|Iké Ugbo||Scunthorpe United||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||936||16||1|
|Jack Wakely||Basingstoke Town||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||280||4||0|
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Mins|
|Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht|
|Nathan Baxter||Yeovil Town||23||9||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||2340||26||10|
|Jamal Blackman||Leeds United||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||180||2||0|
|Brad Collins||Burton Albion||20||6||1||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||2215||24||7|
|Karlo Ziger||Sutton United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||90||1||0|