The first Loan Report after the international break is a very quiet affair with little of note to discuss over the past seven days. Somehow that’s possible with 33 loanees to cover, but here we go anyway.
Patrick Bamford, Nathan Aké and Christian Atsu were all left out of their respective matchday squads this weekend and, indeed, Bamford is the only one to see any Premier League action so far this season. Marco van Ginkel did continue his ever-present streak for Stoke City and completed 90 minutes away to Arsenal however, and Monday night might see Victor Moses make a debut for West Ham United at home to Newcastle.
Chelsea’s numbers in the Championship swelled on transfer deadline day with Tomas Kalas being joined by Reading duo Lucas Piazon and Michael Hector, who was signed for £4m before being loaned straight back to the Royals. They both began Friday’s 5-1 win over Ipswich as substitutes but Piazon did get on for the final quarter of an hour. Several people will attribute an assist to him for Ollie Norwood’s spectacular late goal but, as it was nothing more than a sideways pass before Norwood spanked home a 30-yarder, it would seem generous in the extreme to do so.
Kalas returned to right-back for Middlesbrough and did well once again as Aitor Karanka’s side beat MK Dons 2-0 to continue their strong start to a campaign they hope ends in promotion.
Going well down in League One are Gillingham and Jordan Houghton. He was an unused substitute against Blackpool on Saturday having started every one of their previous league outings but promises to be a big part of their apparently now promotion-chasing side.
Alex Davey was also left on the bench throughout by Peterborough in a handsome 5-1 thrashing of Oldham.
It was a Sunday to forget for Vitesse as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Utrecht and didn’t play well enough to merit anything more than that either. Manager Peter Bosz experimented with a 3-5-2 formation featuring Lewis Baker in his customary central midfield role and Nathan in a rather less familiar left-wingback role and the Arnhem side never really got going. Nathan was replaced by Danilo Pantic with a quarter of an hour to go – the Serbian going on to miss a big chance at an equaliser – and Dominic Solanke played half an hour in search of a goal that never came. Izzy Brown remained unused on the bench.
Todd Kane has established himself as a regular for NEC Nijmegen and an impressive one too, helping maintain an impressive defensive record with a goalless draw away to Roda.
Nathaniel Chalobah’s move to Napoli at the end of the window raised many an eyebrow but he wasn’t in a position to make his debut this weekend, having only trained with the Partenopei once following international duty with England’s Under-21s.
Juan Cuadrado helped bail Juventus out of a potential third-straight defeat by cultivating a dubiously-awarded penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to Chievo. Mohamed Salah came on for the last twenty minutes of Roma’s 2-0 win at Frosinone and, again, has inexplicably been credited (in some quarters) with an assist for Juan Iturbe’s goal. Judge for yourselves…
Wallace got a quarter of an hour also as a substitute as Carpi claimed a credible 2-2 draw at Palermo, whilst Stipe Perica was yet again an unused substitute for Udinese as they went to Lazio and lost.
Mario Pašalić played the duration of Monaco’s 1-0 win away to Gazelec Ajaccio on Sunday morning, affirming the fact he will be relied upon for plenty of football this term despite their bounty of midfield options.
Jeremie Boga was included as a substitute for the first time since joining Rennes for the season but did not get onto the pitch in the 1-0 derby win away to Nantes; that despite the hosts being reduced to nine men during the second half.
Extending the theme yet further, Andreas Christensen – who hasn’t seen the pitch since Borussia Mönchengladbach were stuffed 4-0 at Dortmund on the Bundesliga’s opening day – watched from the bench again as they went down to a fourth consecutive loss, this time humbled 0-3 at home to Hamburg.
Chelsea’s trio of loanees at Sint-Truiden have a new manager after Yannick Ferreira left for the brighter lights of Standard Liege. Their new boss is now Chris O’Loughlin with Benny McCarthy as his assistant , and on Sunday night they handed starts to both Cristian Cuevas and Victorien Angban. Joao Rodriguez was not in the matchday squad but his two colleagues helped STVV to a 1-1 draw with Charleroi.
Over at Mouscron, Cristian Manea’s switch from Romanian side Viitorul was shrouded in confusion as although RMP confirmed he was on loan from Chelsea, the Belgian FA claimed Apollon Limassol as his parent club. With Chelsea involvement also confirmed by Viitorul’s chairman there is reason enough to believe the Blues to be involved in the saga and so he takes his place in the Loan Report, although he wasn’t involved in their win over Club Brugge on Friday.
Matej Delač was in action for FK Sarajevo twice this week, starting out on the losing side 1-0 away to Slavija Sarajevo before redeeming himself with a clean sheet and a 2-0 win against Borac Banja Luka.
Kenneth Omeruo played the full match in defence as Kasimpasa lost 1-0 at home to Fenerbahce.
Marko Marin and Trabzonspor take on Kayserispor tomorrow evening; keep up with any involvement he may or (more likely) may not have on Twitter @chelseayouth.
Islam Feruz’s…problematic week at least finished in positive fashion as he came off the bench for a twenty-minute cameo in his first appearance for Championship (second-tier) side Hibernian.
Uli Dávila played the last 25 minutes or so of Vitória Setúbal’s emphatic 5-2 defeat at the hands of Maritimo.