The Loan Report: February 10-16

Lucas Piazon and Mario Pašalić are two players on rather different career trajectories right now, but both were on the scoresheet this week, taking the Loan Army to a round 40 for the season.

Headliners

Pašalić is trending upwards and has been for some two years now. His seventh goal of the season for Atalanta came less than a minute after he came off the bench at home to Roma on Saturday, and a real moment of quality proved to be enough to secure three points that put six points between the two teams in the race for Champions League qualification.

Anything can and will happen in football but, right now, all signs point towards Atalanta exercising their €15m option to buy the Croatian before the end of this summer.

Piazon, meanwhile, is a recently-turned 26 year-old in the first season of a two-year loan arrangement with Rio Ave in Portugal. He’s actually doing quite well there, scoring his fourth goal in twelve outings this term this weekend – his second of the season against Sporting CP in addition to a free kick against Benfica – but, as well as he’s doing there, things haven’t quite gone as many would have expected when he joined Chelsea as a fresh-faced teenager.

England

Premier League

Danny Drinkwater played an hour as Aston Villa lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

Championship

Conor Gallagher played a role in two of Swansea’s goals in their entertaining 4-4 draw with Hull on Friday night; he produced an exquisite assist for Wayne Routledge early in the game and was generally a menace throughout. Marc Guehi struggled in defence at the other end, earning plenty of scorn from Swansea supporters in the process, but it’s important to remember he’s in the first six matches of his professional career and is on loan to learn, which he most certainly is, and improve, which he most certainly will do. There were far fewer comments by way of praise for his contribution to their clean sheet in midweek at home to QPR, for example, and that should tell a story all by itself.

Jake Clarke-Salter continues to do well for Birmingham; a win and a clean sheet at Barnsley was followed up with a strong showing in a 1-1 draw against promotion-chasing Brentford, and he’s now asserting himself as one of the best young defenders in the Championship, still at the rather tender age of 22.

Trevoh Chalobah has been consigned to the Huddersfield Town bench for the last three matches, two of which came in the past week, resulting in no wins and just one point for the struggling Terriers. Izzy Brown’s return from Luton, however, has given the previously moribund Hatters a timely lift with a pair of 1-0 wins this week giving them real hope of an unlikely escape from relegation. Brown played 97 minutes across the two wins as he feels his way back from his latest ailment but he will be crucial to their chances of staying up.

Matt Miazga used his injury absence to return to Vitesse and say a belated farewell to the Arnhem faithful after two successful seasons there on loan, while Dujon Sterling is expected to return to training at Wigan this week after overcoming a hamstring problem.

League One

Richard Nartey was back in the Burton Albion starting eleven in midweek and the Brewers drew 2-2 with promotion-chasing Oxford United. He was then substituted after an hour of their 4-1 defeat to Ipswich on Saturday, the damage having already been done.

Jamal Blackman kept a clean sheet to help Bristol Rovers to a midweek goalless draw away to Tranmere Rovers before putting in a match-winning performance at home to Blackpool on Saturday, producing a big save to clinch the three points at the very end of the contest.

League Two

Josh Grant was a late substitute for Plymouth away to Salford in midweek before returning to anchor the midfield in a big 2-1 win over Crewe at the top of the table. He was also presented with his England Under-20 cap by the FA for his performances at that level two years ago.

Italy

Victor Moses played 74 minutes for Inter in midweek as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Napoli in the Coppa Italia. On Sunday, he was a late substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Lazio that turned the Serie A title race into a three-way battle.

Davide Zappacosta is injured,

Spain

Kenedy played most of the second half as Getafe were narrowly beaten 2-1 away to Barcelona.

Baba Rahman is injured.

Germany

Ethan Ampadu lives! He came on for the final half an hour of Leipzig’s comfortable 3-0 win over Werder Bremen to mark his first competitive action since December 10th.

France

Tiémoué Bakayoko returned from suspension to help guide Monaco to a 1-0 win over Montpellier that lifted the team into fifth place and just two points shy of a Europa League place.

Netherlands

Juan Castillo was one of a number of Jong Ajax regulars to miss out last Monday away to Jong Utrecht, resulting in a rather surprising 7-2 defeat for the high-flying young Amsterdamers, and they will hope to return to better form at home to NAC Breda this coming Monday.

Iké Ugbo and Roda lost 2-0 at De Graafschap to stay third from bottom, while George McEachran was an unused substitute as league leaders Cambuur won away to Almere City.

Belgium

Charlie Brown was an unused substitute as Union SG let a 3-0 lead slip at home to Roeselare.

Scotland

Nathan Baxter, who featured in Chelsea’s latest ‘Life on Loan’ series, was on the losing side as Ross County went down 3-0 at Hibernian in midweek, but he helped them to battle back and claim a draw at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.

Brazil

Nathan made his return from injury for Atlético-MG in their midweek draw against Campinense in the Copa do Brasil, then started for the first time since December against Caldense in the Mineiro State Championship and played for an hour.

Statistics

Started: August 1st
Updated: March 8th

Player Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe/Cont Other Mins
Played
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ethan Ampadu RB Leipzig 0 (3) 0 1 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 297 2 (4) 0
Tiemoue Bakayoko Monaco 20 1 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1910 21 (1) 1
Lewis Baker Fortuna Dusseldorf 6 (1) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 562 7 (1) 0
Charlie Brown Union SG 2 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 152 2 (1) 0
Isaiah Brown Luton Town 14 (7) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1367 16 (7) 1
Juan Castillo Ajax 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1800 20 0
Trevoh Chalobah Huddersfield Town 24 (4) 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2346 24 (4) 1
Jake Clarke-Salter Birmingham City 13 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1426 18 1
Danny Drinkwater Burnley 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 149 2 0
Danny Drinkwater Aston Villa 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 207 3 0
Conor Gallagher Charlton Athletic 25 (1) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2220 25 (1) 6
Conor Gallagher Swansea City 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 900 10 0
Josh Grant Plymouth 17 (5) 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 (1) 0 2075 23 (6) 0
Marc Guehi Swansea City 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 450 5 0
Kenedy Getafe 3 (13) 1 0 0 0 0 4 (4) 2 0 0 896 7 (17) 3
Jacob Maddox Tranmere Rovers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 165 2 0
Jacob Maddox Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Luke McCormick Shrewsbury Town 4 (1) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 (2) 0 382 5 (3) 0
George McEachran Cambuur 0 (2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 0 (2) 0
Matt Miazga Reading 17 (1) 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1587 19 (1) 2
Victor Moses Fenerbahce 6 1 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 514 6 (1) 1
Victor Moses Inter 1 (2) 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 258 4 (3) 0
Charly Musonda Vitesse Arnhem 0 (3) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65 0 (3) 0
Richard Nartey Burton Albion 21 (6) 0 1 0 1 (1) 0 0 0 0 (1) 0 2049 23 (8) 0
Nathan Atlético-MG 9 (6) 3 0 (2) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1174 13 (8) 3
Danilo Pantic MOL Fehervar 3 (4) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 412 6 (4) 0
Mario Pašalić Atalanta 19 (3) 5 1 0 0 0 5 (2) 2 0 0 2202 24 (4) 7
Lucas Piazon Rio Ave 9 (2) 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1011 12 (2) 4
Baba Rahman Mallorca 1 (1) 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 379 4 (1) 0
Dujon Sterling Wigan Athletic 7 (1) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 750 8 (1) 0
Iké Ugbo Roda JC 25 (2) 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2351 26 (2) 13
Davide Zappacosta Roma 0 (1) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 (1) 0
Total 30119 337 (90) 43



Player Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Mins
Played
Total
Apps Cln Sht Apps Cln Sht Apps Cln Sht Apps Cln Sht Apps Cln Sht Apps Cln Sht
Nathan Baxter Ross County 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1260 14 3
Jamal Blackman Vitesse Arnhem 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jamal Blackman Bristol Rovers 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 810 9 2
Total 2070 23 5