You can’t keep Mario Pašalić down, as he ably demonstrated again this week, with a goal and an assist to take the Loan Army into Christmas.
Pašalić has arguably been the player of the Loan Army season to date, considering his level of performance for a genuinely good Atalanta team. Having booked their place in the Champions League knockout rounds last week, they were back on top in Serie A action on Sunday with a resounding 5-0 win over Milan in which our Croatian protagonist scored one and made another.
Atalanta are positioning themselves to trigger a €15m option to buy him permanently but, as long as that remains a pending arrangement, Chelsea can try to convince him that his futures lies in West London rather than Bergamo.
Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute for Burnley as the Clarets won 1-0 at Bournemouth. Paper talk that Sean Dyche is looking to bring Conor Gallagher in on loan next month is likely misplaced but, if it were to happen, Drinkwater would have to either leave Turf Moor or sign permanently, such are Premier League loan rules.
Gallagher played his part as Charlton ground out a hard-earned point in a 2-2 draw against fellow London team QPR at Loftus Road.
Trevoh Chalobah, still in midfield and still picking up yellow cards (a fourth of the season in addition to one red), anchored Huddersfield Town to a 2-1 win over a Nottingham Forest team that will soon be playing at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Matt Miazga, Izzy Brown and Jake Clarke-Salter are all still sidelined through injury, but Clarke-Salter should be ready to resume training in the new year, ahead of the original estimate when he dislocated his shoulder.
Dujon Sterling and Wigan are in Monday night action away to Blackburn Rovers.
Richard Nartey was in the middle of Burton’s defence for a 3-1 win at home to Rochdale, but Luke McCormick didn’t feature for Shrewsbury at Blackpool, and is counting the days until the January transfer window and a move elsewhere.
Plymouth’s trip to Macclesfield was postponed due to the ongoing financial problems at Moss Rose, so Josh Grant had no action this weekend.
Kenedy (injured) and Baba Rahman (coach’s decision) were not involved in La Liga action this weekend.
David Zappacosta is out for the season.
Ethan Ampadu and Lewis Baker combined for zero minutes across four Bundesliga matches this week, Baker even missed out on Fortuna Dusseldorf’s matchday squad at home to Union Berlin on Sunday.
Tiémoué Bakayoko and Monaco hammered Lille 5-1 on Saturday to head into the winter break in confident fashion.
Iké Ugbo, rested for Roda’s cup defeat at the hands of Heerenveen in midweek, was held scoreless again on Friday against Almere City to make it four consecutive outings without a goal.
Juan Castillo laid on another assist for Jong Ajax in a 2-0 win against Top OSS, while Vitesse still can’t call upon the services of either Jamal Blackman or Charly Musonda.
Lucas Piazon didn’t play for Rio Ave in their cup win at Marinhense. He has started precisely one competitive fixture since May 2018.
Nathan Baxter and Ross County were on the end of a 4-0 defeat to Livingston.
Danilo Pantic and the Hungarian league are now on their winter break.
Victor Moses is still injured.
Nathan is still injured.
Started: August 1st
Updated: January 19th
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe/Cont||Other||Mins|
|Ethan Ampadu||RB Leipzig||0 (2)||0||0 (2)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||177||1 (4)||0|
|Lewis Baker||Fortuna Dusseldorf||6 (1)||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||562||7 (1)||0|
|Isaiah Brown||Luton Town||10 (4)||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||999||12 (4)||1|
|Trevoh Chalobah||Huddersfield Town||20 (3)||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1936||22 (3)||1|
|Jake Clarke-Salter||Birmingham City||9||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||899||11||1|
|Danny Drinkwater||Aston Villa||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||147||2||0|
|Conor Gallagher||Charlton Athletic||25 (1)||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2220||25 (1)||6|
|Conor Gallagher||Swansea City||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||90||1||0|
|Josh Grant||Plymouth||12 (4)||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||2 (1)||0||1676||18 (5)||0|
|Marc Guehi||Swansea City||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Kenedy||Getafe||2 (8)||1||0||0||0||0||4 (2)||1||0||0||719||6 (10)||2|
|Jacob Maddox||Tranmere Rovers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||165||2||0|
|Luke McCormick||Shrewsbury Town||4 (1)||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0 (2)||0||382||5 (3)||0|
|Matt Miazga||Reading||15 (1)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1339||16 (1)||1|
|Victor Moses||Fenerbahce||6||1||0 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||514||6 (1)||1|
|Charly Musonda||Vitesse Arnhem||0 (3)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||65||0 (3)||0|
|Richard Nartey||Burton Albion||18 (4)||0||1||0||1 (1)||0||0||0||0 (1)||0||1786||20 (6)||0|
|Nathan||Atlético-MG||9 (6)||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||850||9 (6)||3|
|Danilo Pantic||MOL Fehervar||3 (4)||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||412||6 (4)||0|
|Mario Pašalić||Atalanta||16 (1)||4||1||0||0||0||4 (2)||2||0||0||1850||20 (2)||6|
|Lucas Piazon||Rio Ave||3 (2)||1||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||545||5 (2)||3|
|Dujon Sterling||Wigan Athletic||7 (1)||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||750||8 (1)||0|
|Iké Ugbo||Roda JC||18 (2)||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1631||19 (2)||11|
|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||7||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||630||7||1|
|Jamal Blackman||Vitesse Arnhem||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|