Loan Watch: Chirivella scores, Lennon makes professional debut
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin continued their patchy form this weekend, losing 4-2 at FC Köln on Saturday afternoon. Allan Souza spent the duration of the game on the bench.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
Taiwo Awoniyi returned to the NEC Nijmegen squad on Saturday but spent the game on the bench as Nijmegen suffered a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Utrecht.
Cameron Brannagan, Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town earned an important victory in a difficult away game at Walsall on Tuesday night, winning 1-0. Cameron Brannagan returned to the starting XI, and impressed in an all-action display, picking up his first assist for Fleetwood after his corner was nodded in by Cian Bolger for the game’s only goal. Brannagan was withdrawn after 70 minutes.
Despite the impressive showing, Brannagan dropped back to the bench on Saturday, as Fleetwood hosting midtable side AFC Wimbledon. Brannagan came on after 62 minutes but did not have enough time to really influence the game, with the match finishing 0-0.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Pedro Chirivella made his 10th straight start for Go Ahead Eagles in their Eredivisie clash with PEC Zwolle on Sunday, and scored his second goal of the season, turning in an instinctive back post finish to put his side 1-0 up after just three minutes. Unfortunately, Zwolle would equalise just two minutes later, with Go Ahead going on to lose 3-1 after two late goals.
In his first ten starts in the Netherlands, Chirivella has two goals and two assists and has missed just six minutes of action.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers continued to struggle this week, fighting to a 0-0 National League draw with Torquay, before losing 1-0 to Macclesfield in the FA Trophy. Jack Dunn missed both games with his injury.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Jon Flanagan returned to the Burnley squad on Saturday but did not make it off the bench in Burnley’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland.
Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield
Chesterfield had two games this weekend, first drawing 3-3 with Peterborough United on Tuesday, before losing 2-1 at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Ryan Fulton backed up Thorsten Stuckmann in both games. Fulton earned another call-up to the Scotland U21s, who face Estonia next week.
Lloyd-Jones, Swindon Town
Swindon Town also continued to struggle this week, suffering defeats against Sheffield United on Tuesday and Bradford City on Saturday. Lloyd-Jones missed out on both games.
Ryan Kent, Barnsley
Barnsley travelled to face Norwich City this weekend, with Ryan Kent once again named on the bench. Kent came on after 56 minutes, but Barnsley had a disappointing afternoon, losing 2-0. Barnsley, now 11th in the Championship, face Sheffield Wednesday after the international break.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Brooks Lennon made his professional debut on Saturday, starting on the right-wing for Real Salt Lake in their home clash with LA Galaxy. RSL took a 1-0 lead early, but lost U.S. international Kyle Beckerman to a first-half red card, and eventually lost 2-1. Lennon played the full 90 minutes, and was by all accounts very impressive, testing the opposition and creating chances all game. RSL take on New York Red Bulls next weekend.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
Lazar Markovic got another Premier League start on Saturday, but it would be an afternoon to forget for Hull City, who were beaten 4-0 by Everton. The winger had another quiet game, before being subbed off after 86 minutes. Markovic now heads off on international duty with Serbia.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
Outcast defender Mamadou Sakho continued his great start to life at Crystal Palace, starting against Watford and helping his side earn a third straight win and third straight clean sheet. Sakho was again a central part of a resolute defensive unit, which gave up just two shots on goal.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Danny Ward made his 35th league start of the season on Friday night, but it proved to be a disastrous evening for Huddersfield Town, as they were trashed 4-0 at relegation contenders Bristol City. Ward did make one excellent save, denying Callum O’Dowda from point-blank range, but had an otherwise disappointing evening. Ward will spend the international break with the Wales senior squad.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
Andre Wisdom continued his rollercoaster start to 2017, as the centre-back was restored to the Salzburg starting XI on Sunday, with his side hosting Austria Wien. Wisdom played the full 90 minutes, helping Salzburg to a clean sheet and a resounding 5-0 win.
Despite his inability to stay consistently in the line-up, Wisdom has helped Salzburg to three straight wins and clean sheets in his last three starts, with Salzburg yet to concede a goal with Wisdom on the pitch in 2017.
Written by Jacob Ware