This past week was a mixed bad for our players on loan. While a bunch of players did not get any match time, some of them did.
Below is an analysis:
Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley)
The talented midfielder was brought on as a late substitute for George Boyd in the 86th minute. He was fortunate as he escaped the booking against his name after two very late fouls. That did not change the fortunes for Burnley as they lost out to Everton 3-1.
Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough)
Bamford was offered a chance by Middlesbrough to help them salvage a win against the visiting Watford side. He impressed and created spaces in the final third by his sometimes astonishing dribbling but with luck, not on his side, and he was unable to contribute much to the home side. As a result, he was replaced by Reach in the 73rd minute in search of a winner as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the visitors.
Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach)
The young Belgian winger has hit the ground running in German Bundesliga and has created the room for himself in his new side. In the midweek, he was presented the chance to play the full match in the Europa League against Apollon Limassol. He was a continuous threat to the opposition at the wings and fed Patrick Herrmann for his goal. Later on he scored a goal himself which was dubbed as an own goal after Angeli deflected his effort from a tight angle past his goalkeeper. The visitors were helpless as the home thrashed them to 5-0 heavy loss.
The weekend in the Bundesliga was not so great for Thorgan as he came on for Raffael in the injury time where the home side held the current champions Bayern Munich to a goalless draw.
Gael Kakuta (Rayo Vallecano)
The attacking midfielder and his Spanish side were both unfortunate as Malaga scored four past the visiting side. He was not much of a threat and was under par throughout the game.
Victor Moses (Stoke City)
The Nigerian winger was involved for large parts of the game and was able to cut past the opposition defenders to create chances for himself to score only for his finishing touch to desert him. His overall performance was satisfactory, but he could not help his side overturn the one goal deficit as Stoke lost to Southampton, 1-0.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)
The English defender played full 90 minutes as the home side recorded a 1-0 win in what they will feel was too close a contest to their liking after hammering Sunderland for eight goals the past week. Bertrand was very much in a comfort zone as he was never tested. He controlled his position very well and never gave the opposition much of a chance to help his team go two points clear of Manchester City at the second position. Later in the post match interview he was praised by the Manager for his continuous performance which is getting better day-by-day.
Bertrand Traore (Vitesse Arnhem)
There were mixed emotions on the pitch as the Nic Brada claimed a satisfying 2-2 draw away from home over a distraught Vitesse side who thought it was their day. Despite his contribution from the wings, he was unable to provide clear chances and impacted the match substantially and, as a result, was replaced by Renato Ibarra.
Wallace (Vitesse Arnhem)
The young Brazilian defender got the chance to pave his way into the starting eleven. Unfortunately the visiting side, Nac Breda, had other plans as they scored two past Vitesse and claimed a 2-2 draw. He was also booked for the rough challenge later on.
Lucas Piazon (Eintracht Frankfurt)
It was the day to forget for Brazilian attacking midfielder as his home side succumbed to a defeat in a 9-goal thriller against VFB Stuttgart side. He was sub-par and was replaced by M. Stendera at the half way mark.
Oriol Romeu (Stuttgart)
The Spanish holding midfielder was at the center as his visiting side won the 9-goal thriller over Eintracht Frankfurt, 5-4. He was thorough in his performance but was also booked for a rough challenge over the opposition.
Fernando Torres (AC Milan)
The Spanish striker is still trying to adjust to his new life at San Siro and is yet to rediscover his form he once had at the Anfield. He was benched for the visit of Fiorentina side who were able to seal a 1-1 draw against Milan. He came on for Jeremy Menez in search of a winner and had a chance to get on the scoresheet following a pass from El Shaarawy in the box but the shot was blocked and scuffled by the Fiorentina defense. The Spaniard also tried for a spectacular scissor kick but ended up making a huge mess of it. All in all, nothing different from what we have seen from him at Chelsea in the last three years or so.
It was disappointing to see that several players were unable to get any match time due to various reasons. Some were rules out due to injury, some were unused substitutes and some did not even make it into the first team:
Christian Atsu (Everton), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Jamal Blackman (Middlesbrough), Ulises Davila (Club Deportivo Tenerife), Matej Delac (Arles-Avignon), Islam Feruz (OFI Crete), Tomas Kalas (FC Köln), Marko Marin(Fiorentina), John Swift (Rotherham United), Mario Pasalic (Elche), Stipe Perica (NAC Breda), Josh McEachran (Vitesse Arnhem), Marco van Ginkel (AC Milan), Jhoao Rodriguez (Bastia) were all among those who did not get any match time this week.
Edited By: Shashank Rai