Iké Ugbo and Mario Pašalić brought the goals this week in another productive seven days for the Loan Army.
Ugbo wasn’t initially credited with Roda’s opening goal in Friday’s 4-2 win over NAC Breda, as it appeared to belong to Roland Alberg, but closer inspection showed that Ugbo got the slightest of touches to it. As a striker, and as someone challenging for the golden boot, he was certain to claim it, and Roda later corrected their own statistics to give him his sixth of the season. He later weighed in with an assist too.
There was considerably less controversy about Pašalić’s first of the campaign on Sunday as he scored the fifth of fifth of seven Atalanta goals against Udinese. Having played the second half of a disappointing 5-1 defeat to Manchester City in midweek Champions League action, the Nerazzurri bounced back in style, and are quite clearly Serie A’s third-best team at this point in time.
Even if Danny Drinkwater was fit, he wouldn’t have been able to play against Chelsea this weekend due to Premier League loan rules.
Izzy Brown now has six assists for the season after claiming one in each of Luton’s fixtures this week. His free kick led to Dan Potts scoring in their defeat at Fulham on Wednesday, before hard work and smart play set up Harry Cornick in a 2-1 reverse at Birmingham on Saturday. Playing centrally between two wide forwards, he has the freedom to drop deeper in possession and orchestrate accordingly, and in playing his first full back-to-back ninety minutes in two and a half years, he finally appears to be back in the swing of things.
Conor Gallagher didn’t add to his impressive statistical output this week for Charlton, but he did play well in tough away fixtures at Bristol City and West Brom, continuing to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the Championship, regardless of age or experience.
Dujon Sterling made his long-awaited league debut for Wigan Athletic in midweek at Derby, then held on to his starting right-back berth and played well in a 2-2 draw at Bristol City on Sunday.
Trevoh Chalobah played 78 minutes across two Huddersfield Town fixtures this week as the Terriers continue their resurgence under Danny Cowley, a manager who rates his young loanee considerably highly.
Matt Miazga played for Reading at QPR in midweek before their trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday was postponed due to heavy rain.
Jake Clarke-Salter was twice an unused substitute for Birmingham City.
Richard Nartey was at the heart of two consecutive clean sheets for Burton Albion this week as they beat Wimbledon before drawing with Blackpool. He left the second fixture seven minutes early, hobbling slightly, but doesn’t seem to be too badly injured.
Jacob Maddox has had to wait a long time to be involved at Tranmere Rovers, having joined on loan at the end of August, but finally made a matchday squad this week. He didn’t come on during a heavy defeat to Sunderland, and their home clash with Doncaster on Saturday was postponed, but he finally looks set to make his first appearance of the season before much longer.
Luke McCormick was an unused substitute for Shrewsbury against Sunderland on Saturday.
Josh Grant played ninety minutes as Plymouth lost 4-0 to Exeter, conceding what was a soft penalty along the way.
Kenedy’s first ninety minutes for Getafe came in their Europa League defeat at home to Basel on Thursday. He was back on the bench in La Liga on Sunday, coming on for the last quarter of an hour in a defeat at Sevilla.
Mallorca’s Baba Rahman remains out with an injury.
Davide Zappacosta is out for the season.
Tiémoué Bakayoko played the full match as Monaco beat Nantes 1-0 on Friday night.
Lewis Baker was an unused substitute as Fortuna Dusseldorf lost to Paderborn, while Ethan Ampadu returned to the Leipzig squad after concussion but also sat on the bench throughout a defeat, this time to Freiburg.
Charly Musonda and Jamal Blackman aren’t going to play for Vitesse any time soon.
Juan Castillo played ninety minutes as Jong Ajax got back to winning ways, beating Excelsior 3-1 on Friday.
Lucas Piazon was an unused substitute as Rio Ave drew 0-0 with Pacos de Ferreira.
Nathan Baxter isn’t back yet for Ross County, but he isn’t far away.
Victor Moses played 81 minutes as Fenerbahce beat Konyaspor 5-1 on Saturday.
Danilo Pantic played a full match as MOL Fehervar were beaten at home by Ferencvaros.
Nathan played the full match as Atlético-MG lost 2-0 to Sao Paulo.