This isn’t the Conor Gallagher Report just yet, but it could well be, as the stylish midfielder scored for the third week in a row to get his Charlton Athletic career off to the most flying of starts. He was joined on the score sheet this week by two of his former academy team-mates, each of whom have made much-needed positive early impressions, and one long-time member of the Loan Army.
Gallagher has been the catalyst for a very encouraging return to Championship football down at The Valley, playing on the side of a diamond midfield, and bringing his energetic, technically-refined game to the fore in a role that gets the best out of him. His latest strike was an exceedingly well-taken effort, shortly before half time, that saw the Addicks to a 1-0 win over Brentford.
He followed Trevoh Chalobah’s midweek lead as the England Under-20 international made the most of his midfield lease of life by scoring Huddersfield’s solitary reply in their 2-1 defeat at Cardiff. It was a rather atypical goal for him, collecting the ball on the edge of the area and being forced onto his weaker side, but he took a chance and was rewarded.
Times are challenging at Huddersfield right now, but he’s making a strong impression under caretaker manager Mark Hudson, and has the right mentality to be a leader as they embark upon a new challenge in the weeks ahead.
Iké Ugbo’s first goal for Roda was sandwiched in between on Friday night but, like Chalobah, it was in a losing cause as NEC Nijmegen claimed a 2-1 victory of their own.
Victor Moses’ first match of the new season was certainly an eventful one, as he scored a penalty, missed a penalty, and went off with injury in Fenerbahce’s 5-0 win against Gazisehir. He’ll be out for around a month.
Danny Drinkwater played and scored for Burnley’s Under-23 team in a midweek behind-closed-doors friendly, as he works on his fitness before making a first-team bow.
Matt Miazga had an outstanding time as Reading drew 1-1 at West Brom in midweek, looking every inch at home in Jose Gomes’ three-man defence, but he was unable to build on that after limping out of the weekend trip to Huddersfield after just twelve minutes. Gomes later revealed that it was a mostly precautionary decision, as the American had felt cramp, and didn’t want to risk something more serious occurring.
Izzy Brown only played 21 minutes for Luton this week, and they all came in defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, rather than in the 3-1 win at Barnsley.
Jake Clarke-Salter has been struggling with a minor knock at Birmingham, one that ruled him out of both of their fixtures this past week. Wigan lost to Middlesbrough and QPR without Dujon Sterling being involved on either occasion despite appearing to be fit and, as manager Paul Cook comes under increasing pressure, it’s a situation to pay close attention to.
Luke McCormick continues to put in the hard yards at Shrewsbury as he learns his trade in the professional game. A hard-working and committed 59 minutes away to Accrington Stanley saw him depart before the Shrews had mounted a comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and subsequently he was on the bench for the visit of Burton on Saturday. Richard Nartey was in the opposite dugout for that one, coming on for the last ten minutes, as he did at Oxford in midweek to make his Brewers’ debut.
Jacob Maddox is still waiting to make his Tranmere Rovers bow, as he catches up on fitness after missing part of his pre-season, but the postponement of their match against financially-troubled Bury won’t have helped his cause either.
Josh Grant continues to wait for his first league minutes down at Plymouth Argyle; he was twice an unused substitute this week.
Lewis Baker scored an own goal as Fortuna Dusseldorf were beaten 3-1 at home by Leverkusen on Saturday. It was somewhat unlucky, as he ended up turning into his own net in attempting to clear a cross from the right, but he played well last week and will look to bounce back against Eintracht Frankfurt next Sunday.
Ethan Ampadu is yet to feature for RB Leipzig.
Charly Musonda is unfortunately injured once again. Just days after undertaking his first serious interview with English media, a knee problem flared up and kept him out of Saturday’s draw at Heracles, leaving both Vitesse and Chelsea sweating on a prognosis.
Serie A is back and back with a bang. Mario Pašalić’s second year in Bergamo with Atalanta began with a 3-2 win at SPAL, having trailed 2-0, while Davide Zappacosta came off the bench for the final twelve minutes of Roma’s 3-3 draw with Genoa to mark his debut in the Eternal City.
Nathan Baxter is still some way away from being fit to resume his Ross County career; having suffered his should injury in July, mid-October is the soonest anyone expects him to be ready and available.
Nathan played ninety minutes as Atlético-MG lost 1-0 to Bahia.
Started: August 1st
Updated: December 1st
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe/Cont||Other||Mins|
|Ethan Ampadu||RB Leipzig||0 (2)||0||0 (1)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||122||1 (3)||0|
|Lewis Baker||Fortuna Dusseldorf||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||481||6||0|
|Isaiah Brown||Luton Town||10 (4)||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||999||12 (4)||1|
|Trevoh Chalobah||Huddersfield Town||13 (3)||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1216||14 (3)||1|
|Jake Clarke-Salter||Birmingham City||6||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||633||7||1|
|Conor Gallagher||Charlton Athletic||17 (1)||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1538||17 (1)||6|
|Josh Grant||Plymouth||7 (3)||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||2 (1)||0||1223||13 (4)||0|
|Kenedy||Getafe||2 (8)||1||0||0||0||0||4 (1)||0||0||0||697||6 (9)||1|
|Jacob Maddox||Tranmere Rovers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||75||1||0|
|Luke McCormick||Shrewsbury Town||4 (1)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||371||5 (2)||0|
|Charly Musonda||Vitesse Arnhem||0 (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||65||0 (3)||0|
|Richard Nartey||Burton Albion||11 (3)||0||0||0||1 (1)||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||1103||12 (5)||0|
|Nathan||Atlético-MG||9 (6)||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||850||9 (6)||3|
|Danilo Pantic||ML Fehervar||3 (4)||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||335||5 (4)||0|
|Mario Pašalić||Atalanta||12 (1)||3||0||0||0||0||3 (2)||1||0||0||1330||14 (2)||4|
|Lucas Piazon||Rio Ave||0 (2)||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||185||2 (2)||1|
|Dujon Sterling||Wigan Athletic||6||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||614||6||0|
|Iké Ugbo||Roda JC||14 (2)||10||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1317||15 (2)||10|
|Davide Zappacosta||Roma||0 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0 (1)||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||Ross County||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||180||2||0|
|Jamal Blackman||Vitesse Arnhem||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|