After a quiet couple of weeks, the Loan Report brings you goals again, as a familiar face got back on the score sheet in his first match of 2020, and another member of the Loan Army netted to kick-start a disappointing season to date.
Lucas Piazon hasn’t quite had things go his way since agreeing a two-year stay with Rio Ave in Portugal; despite scoring in the cup against Sporting CP in the autumn, it took until last weekend for him to make his first league start. Well, making up for lost time, he scored in his second one this week, enough to see Rio Ave win 1-0 at Santa Clara.
Iké Ugbo, meanwhile, grabbed his eleventh of the season and first since November as Roda staged a dramatic smash-and-grab against MVV on Sunday. Finding themselves 2-0 down in stoppage time, he scored an unlikely equaliserto get his new year off to a flying start.
90+1. GOOOAAAL RODA JC! METEEN NA DE 1-2 SCOORT IKE UGBO DE GELIJKMAKER!!!#RODMVV #DerbyDay 2-2
— Roda JC Kerkrade (@RodaJCKerkrade) January 12, 2020
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Apparently a fan of claret and blue, Danny Drinkwater swapped Burnley’s colours for Aston Villa’s this week, but found a change of fortunes much harder to come by. His sole Premier League outing for the Lancastrians came in a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City, and his Villa debut saw his new club beaten 6-1. Onwards and upwards…
Danny Drinkwater’s Last 3 Premier League games
❌ Chelsea 0-1 Man City
❌ Burnley 1-4 Man City
❌ Aston Villa 1-6 Man City
3 defeats to Man City with 3 different teams pic.twitter.com/TwBCO3NRhj
— EPL Statman (@EPLStatman) January 12, 2020
The Championship is home to the newest member of the Loan Army, as Marc Guehi sealed an eighteen-month loan move to Swansea City on Friday. Initially announced as just a six-month stay due to EFL loan ratification rules, the intention is for him to stay at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the 2020-21 season, potentially paving the way for other young Chelsea players to join him there next season.
He was an unused substitute in the South Wales derby on Sunday against Cardiff.
Conor Gallagher is a man in demand as the vultures circle around struggling Charlton Athletic, but he got another ninety minutes in a hard-fought 2-2 draw with league leaders West Brom on Saturday. Manager Lee Bowyer admitted that he could do with a rest but, such are their injury problems right now, it simply isn’t possible and the young midfielder continues to put in a monumental shift that common advanced metrics don’t quite convey.
Conor Gallagher, Charlton Athletic 2019-20. pic.twitter.com/0bUCti5Jbt
— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) January 9, 2020
Trevoh Chalobah’s midfield inconsistencies at Huddersfield continued as the Terriers lost 2-1 to rivals Barnsley, while Jake Clarke-Salter was back in at centre-back for Birmingham in a 2-1 win over a Luton team hoping to welcome Izzy Brown back from injury in the near future.
Matt Miazga was an unused substitute for Reading, the odd centre-back out in the team’s switch to a back four, while Dujon Sterling will be out injured for a few weeks.
Richard Nartey was an unused substitute as Burton beat Fleetwood, owing to a knock he picked up last week. He should be back in the fold next week.
Unable to come to an agreement over a permanent switch to Home Park, Plymouth agreed an extension to Josh Grant’s stay at the club until the end of the season, but his absence from the club for the last week during negotiations meant he was unavailable for the Pilgrims’ 3-0 win at Carlisle on Saturday.
Mario Pašalić played 70 minutes for Atalanta in a 1-1 draw at Serie A title challengers Inter.
Davide Zappacosta’s return from a torn cruciate ligament is progressing well, as this video he shared this week demonstrated.
Kenedy and Baba Rahman both missed out on Copa Del Rey action this week due to injuries.
The Bundesliga remains on winter break, so Ethan Ampadu and Lewis Baker are still out of action.
Tiémoué Bakayoko played ninety minutes as Monaco shared a wild 3-3 draw with PSG.
The Eredivisie remains on winter break for another week, leaving Jamal Blackman preparing to try to work his way into the Vitesse squad during their warm-weather camp (while Charly Musonda rehabs back at Cobham), but Ugbo marked the return of Eerste Divisie football with his goal as reported earlier. Jong Ajax face Jong PSV on Monday with Juan Castillo set to be involved after featuring for the club’s first team in a friendly this past week.
Naci Ünüvar, Juan Familia Castillo and Jurriën Timber are starting today! All three making their unofficial debut. 😍#Ajax #AjaxYouth #ajaeup pic.twitter.com/YiuSYMhq2t
— Ajax Youth Academy (@AjaxYA) January 9, 2020
Nathan Baxter spent some time back at Chelsea during the Scottish winter break, which is now over, and he’s back up with Ross County for their midweek date with Hearts.
Victor Moses and Fenerbache return from their winter holidays with a home game against fellow title challengers Istanbul BB next weekend.
The Hungarian league resumes next weekend, but Danilo Pantic’s future at MOL Vidi is in doubt, after he was asked to train with the club’s second team. Having struggled to hold down a regular place in the team, a change of scenery could be on the cards, potentially even a third loan move to Partizan, where he might well have been best served by staying in the first place.
Atlético-MG are hopeful of agreeing a long-term loan extension with Nathan, who is close to returning from injury for the Brazilian State Championship fixtures, which get underway this week.
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.