UEFA competition came up big for the Loan Army this week, as both Mario Pašalić and Kenedy found the back of the net.
Pašalić has been especially impressive this season for an Atalanta team that are fast becoming many people’s darlings. Their 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, a match in which he scored the second goal, saw them make Champions League history in becoming the first team to qualify for the knockout stages having failed to record a win in their first four matches.
It led to a number of Chelsea fans wondering what the chances are that he comes back and challenges for a meaningful place in the squad next season, having now impressed in Spain, France, Italy and the Champions League. As things stand, Atalanta are expected to use their option to sign him permanently for €15m, a move Pašalić would be supportive of.
Things have been a little more comfortable for Getafe in the Europa League, and they too secured their place in the knockout rounds with a 3-0 win, theirs coming at home to Krasnodar on Thursday. Kenedy has found most of his playing time in Europe’s second competition, and came off the bench here for 22 minutes and his second goal of the season.
Danny Drinkwater was an unused substitute for Burnley.
Trevoh Chalobah returned from suspension to play 90 minutes in midfield for Huddersfield in a 1-1 draw at Wigan, who left Dujon Sterling on the bench after giving him just a matter of seconds in midweek against West Brom.
Conor Gallagher is one of the few players Charlton can rely upon at the minute; the decimated Addicks lost to Huddersfield and drew with Hull over the past seven days, and the Chelsea midfielder was on the pitch for every moment of each encounter, claiming an assist in the latter.
Matt Miazga played for Reading in their midweek draw at Barnsley but played no part against Stoke on Saturday after picking up a hamstring injury in training on Friday. He joins Izzy Brown and Jake Clarke-Salter in the treatment room.
Richard Nartey continued at centre-back for Burton as they lost 2-0 to Wycombe, while there was no Luke McCormick for Shrewsbury Town.
Jacob Maddox has left Tranmere after playing just twice for them so far this season; his next move has already been lined up and will be confirmed ahead of the January transfer window as he seeks to kick-start his campaign.
📸 Micky Mellon has revealed that Jacob Maddox has returned to @ChelseaFC following his loan spell.
— Tranmere Rovers FC (@TranmereRovers) December 12, 2019
Josh Grant, defensive midfielder, was on the pitch from start to finish as Plymouth beat Morecambe 3-0 to stay in the thick of the playoff battle.
Baba Rahman isn’t back in contention for selection at Mallorca just yet, despite having recovered from injury.
Davide Zappacosta is out for the season.
Ethan Ampadu played just over half an hour of Champions League football in midweek as Leipzig drew 2-2 at Lyon, only to stay on the bench for the duration of their 3-0 Bundesliga win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday, where Lewis Baker played the last fifteen minutes for the hosts.
Tiémoué Bakayoko played as Monaco drew 0-0 at Angers.
Vitesse won 3-0 at Emmen without the long-term injured Charly Musonda or the recovering Jamal Blackman.
Juan Castillo and Iké Ugbo went head-to-head on Monday night as Jong Ajax faced Roda, then both players were back in action on Friday in Eerste Divisie action. Castillo laid on an assist for Bryan Brobbey in a 2-0 win at Cambuur, while Ugbo was held off the scoresheet for the third game in succession as Roda drew 2-2 with Jong AZ.
Lucas Piazon is back from injury but yet to feature again for Rio Ave, missing out on a pair of matches this week.
Nathan Baxter kept his first clean sheet of the season as Ross County beat Kilmarnock on Saturday.
Victor Moses remains out through injury.
Danilo Pantic missed his second MOL Fehervar match in succession.
Nathan is still out injured.
Started: August 1st 2019
Finished: August 1st 2020
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe/Cont||Other||Mins|
|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||16 (8)||1||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||1517||18 (8)||1|
|Trevoh Chalobah||Huddersfield Town||30 (6)||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2923||30 (6)||1|
|Jake Clarke-Salter||Birmingham City||18||1||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1873||23||1|
|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||21||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1847||21||0|
|Josh Grant||Plymouth||17 (5)||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||2 (1)||0||2075||23 (6)||0|
|Marc Guehi||Swansea City||13 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1177||13 (1)||0|
|Kenedy||Getafe||3 (16)||1||0||0||0||0||4 (4)||2||0||0||942||7 (20)||3|
|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|
|George McEachran||Cambuur||0 (2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||51||0 (2)||0|
|Matt Miazga||Reading||19 (1)||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1758||21 (1)||2|
|Victor Moses||Fenerbahce||6||1||0 (1)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||514||6 (1)||1|
|Victor Moses||Inter||4 (8)||0||1 (2)||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||597||7 (10)||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||20 (3)||5||1||0||0||0||5 (2)||2||0||0||2292||25 (4)||7|
|Lucas Piazon||Rio Ave||13 (5)||2||1||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||1422||16 (5)||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||3 (6)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||458||3 (6)||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||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|
Several league campaigns were curtailed earlier than expected due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Numbers for those players are assumed to be as of the formal end of that respective season; whether the stats officially count or not, we will take them as having happened.