The Vitesse contingent take centre stage in this week’s Loan Report with a pair of young English talents on the scoresheet, one of them for the first time in senior football.
Vitesse hammered Cambuur 4-1 on Sunday afternoon in a match they dominated from first to last without ever hitting their full capacity. Two of the five Chelsea youngsters stationed in Arnhem started – Lewis Baker remaining an ever-present whilst Nathan replaced Izzy Brown in attack – and Baker opened the scoring with one of the fastest goals in recent Eredivisie history. Nathan won a penalty with just over a minute played and Baker did what he usually does from twelve yards.
There’s an extra emphasis on that usually this week though as he then proceeded to miss one, a very rare occurrence indeed. Having won Vitesse’s second spot-kick of the day, he dusted himself down but crashed the effort off the crossbar. It ultimately wouldn’t matter as captain Guram Kashia added a third (Abiola Dauda’s opportunism had secured a 2-1 lead) before Dominic Solanke came off the bench to grab his first senior goal, a fine mix of improvisation and instinct to assert himself as the club’s first choice forward.
Brown came off the bench for a five-minute cameo, leaving Danilo Pantic on the bench unused once again.
The Second Round of the League Cup in midweek allowed Patrick Bamford and Christian Atsu to make their Crystal Palace and Bournemouth debuts and they did so with mixed fortunes. Bamford struggled playing as a second striker against third-tier Shrewsbury with Palace eventually running out 4-1 winners after extra time, but Atsu was on form away to fourth-tier Hartlepool, laying on an assist for Junior Stanislas in their 4-0 victory.
Neither was involved in weekend Premier League action although Bamford wouldn’t have been eligible to face parent club Chelsea in any event.
Marco van Ginkel was rested for Stoke’s trip to Luton and then put in more running than he might have expected at home to West Brom on Saturday with Stoke reduced to nine men before half time. He played the full match as a result but was unable to prevent a 1-0 defeat.
Nathan Aké made his Watford debut as a left-back during their elimination away to Preston and was then not involved away to Manchester City on Saturday.
Tomas Kalas played at right-back for Middlesbrough in their win at Burton and, as the match also went to extra time, he was rested at the weekend when Boro went to Sheffield Wednesday and won 3-1. He also claimed a rather handy assist.
Jordan Houghton and Gillingham exited at the hands of Birmingham with the young midfielder playing 78 minutes before then going up against Alex Davey’s Peterborough on Saturday. Houghton was replaced at half time whilst Davey was awarded the Man of the Match award in the 1-1 draw.
The two most expensive loanees of the twenty-six away from Stamford Bridge went head to head in the second round of Serie A action on Sunday, albeit for two minutes. Mohamed Salah produced a lively and threatening 76 minutes in Roma’s 2-0 win over Juventus before being substituted, two minutes after Juan Cuadrado had entered the field of play for his Bianconeri debut.
Wallace played 75 minutes for Carpi at home to Inter whilst Stipe Perica didn’t feature for Udinese.
Mario Pašalić started Monaco’s Champions League Qualifier against Valencia having scored in the first leg but was unable to help them reach the group stages, instead being forced to settle for a Europa League place.
He was named on the bench for Sunday’s big match at home to Paris Saint-Germain and came on as a late substitute but could do little about a resounding 3-0 win for the visitors.
Andreas Christensen was an unused substitute for Borussia Mönchengladbach as they lost a third straight match, this time 2-1 away to Werder Bremen.
Todd Kane helped NEC Nijmegen keep a clean sheet and record an impressive 1-0 away win at Willem II on Friday night, playing the full match at full-back.
Sint-Truiden lost 1-0 at OH Leuven on Saturday; Victorien Angban played 80 minutes before making way for fellow loanee Joao Rodriguez whilst Cristian Cuevas remained on the bench throughout.
Marko Marin made his Trabzonspor debut on Sunday, playing the last ten minutes of a 2-2 draw at home to Akhisar Belediyespor.
Kenneth Omeruo and Kasimpasa ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline twenty-four hours earlier, losing away to Genclerbirligi.
Uli Dávila was an unused substitute for Vitória Setúbal on Friday night as they drew 2-2 with Rio Ave.
Matej Delač continued in goal for FK Sarajevo in a comfortable 2-0 win over FK Rudar.