With Chelsea having sent as many as 26 players out on loan, let us take a look at how these loanees performed all around the globe last week.
Hugely talented England U-21 international, Patrick Bamford netted his third goal of the season for Middlesbrough as they won 3-0 away to Rotherham United. The 20-year-old striker opened the scoring for Aitor Karanka’s team with a sweet turn and shot low into the corner of the net. It is again turning out to be a very productive loan spell for the young forward. John Swift, on loan from Chelsea and to Rotherham, was an unused substitute while young defender Kenneth Omeruo and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman of Middlesbrough were not named in the squad for the same match. Left back Ryan Bertrand, who is having a great season at Southampton, was left out of their Capital One Cup squad against Stoke but was included in the starting line-up against Hull City on Saturday, where he produced another fantastic and reliable performance, with the team winning 1-0. Nigerian international Victor Moses scored his first goal for Stoke against West Ham on Saturday. However, his defensive error allowed Stewart Downing to equalise as the match ended 2-2. Over at Everton, Ghanian winger Christian Atsu was left on the bench for the whole match against Swansea City. This loan spell is starting to prove disappointing for Atsu while at Burnley, Nathaniel Chalobah was given just 10 minutes at the end of their disastrous performance against Arsenal. Yet to register a win, Burnley have still not given Chalobah a start.
Another exceptionally talented winger, Thorgan Hazard scored his third goal of the season for Borussia Monchengladbach against Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday. Lucas Piazon was involved in the match too, which Borussia Monchengladbach won 2-1. However, after playing 86 minutes against Frankfurt, Hazard was left on the bench for the 3-1 win over Hoffenheim, where he eventually came on for the last 10 minutes. Later in the week, Piazon was an unused substitute during their loss to Hannover. Defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu was taken off at half-time against Wolfsburg, a match that ended 4-0 in favour of Wolfsburg. Elsewhere, Tomas Kalas was kept out of Koln’s squad against Freiburg.
Fernando Torres failed to find the net after playing 78 minutes against Cagliari in midweek while Marco van Ginkel was left as an unused substitute. On Sunday, Milan lost 2-0 to Palermo where Torres again couldn’t score, and van Ginkel was not given a chance. German winger, Marko Marin is still waiting to make his Serie A debut for Fiorentina.
Mario Pasalic made his first start for Elche since August and played an impressive 82 minute shift, helping his team win 2-1 against Espanyol. Gael Kakuta provided the assist for the second goal for Rayo Vallecano, scored by Leo Baptista as they lost 2-3 to Eibar. Ulises Davila was uninvolved for Tenerife for their trip to Zaragoza.
Bertrand Traore was the only Chelsea loanee to start and play 60 minutes for Vitesse Arnhem in their 3-1 loss to Utrecht. Full back Wallace missed the match with a broken hand while Josh McEachran is out with an ankle problem. Stipe Perica was suspended for NAC Breda this week and will be back for selection henceforth.
Joao Rodriguez played 30 minutes from the bench in Bastia’s 3-1 French Cup victory against Auxerre. He was then involved for the last ten minutes in Bastia’s 1-0 loss to Guingamp. Meanwhile, Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac seems to have lost his starting position to Naby Yattara at Arles-Avignon.
Young prodigy Islam Feruz was given a start and then withdrawn at halftime for OFI Crete as they beat Xanthi 1-0 in the Greek Cup. He was then uninvolved in their scoreless draw against Panathrakikos Komotini.
Cristian Cuevas has not been able to make his way to the first team of Universidad de Chile.
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni