Loan Watch: Markovic Scores, Awoniyi Back in Action
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Brazilian midfielder Allan Souza returned to the Hertha Berlin team this week, emerging as an 80th minute substitute in Hertha’s 2-0 victory over Augsburg. Hertha travel to Loris Karius and Jürgen Klopp’s former club Mainz next weekend.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
Taiwo Awoniyi returned to first-team action with NEC Nijmegen this week, starting up front for his club in two defeats, 2-0 at Groningen on Wednesday and 5-1 against Ajax on Saturday. Awoniyi played the full 90 minutes in both games, although he could not provide the cutting edge needed to help his side to any points.
Cameron Brannagan, Fleetwood Town
Cameron Brannagan had a quiet week, first finding himself out of the squad for Fleetwood Town’s 3-1 victory at Oxford United on Wednesday, before spending the duration of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on the bench.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Pedro Chirivella continued to be a key cog for the Go Ahead Eagles this week, as he played the full 90 minutes in both their games. Unfortunately Go Ahead lost both games heavily, and former Liverpool players scored in both, with Dirk Kuyt netting the third goal of Feyenoord’s 8-0 victory on Wednesday, and Kirkby academy graduate Kristoffer Peterson scoring the third in Heracles Almelo’s 4-1 away win on Saturday.
The defeats drop Go Ahead to five points from safety, desperately needing to bounce back when they travel to Willem II next Sunday.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers won both their games this week, including a 3-2 win over Sutton United on Tuesday and a record-breaking 9-0 victory against Solihull Moors on Saturday. Jack Dunn missed both games with an ankle injury.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Jon Flanagan continued on the fringes of the Burnley team this week, not making an appearance in either their 1-0 win against Stoke on Tuesday or the 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield
Chesterfield won their only game this week, beating Port Vale 1-0. Ryan Fulton continued to act as back up.
Lloyd Jones, Swindon Town
Lloyd Jones was once again nowhere to be seen as Swindon drew 1-1 with MK Dons on Saturday.
Ryan Kent, Barnsley
Despite a positive showing last weekend, Ryan Kent returned to the Barnsley bench in midweek, emerging as a 71st minute substitute in his side’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.
Kent was back in the starting lineup at the weekend, and played an important role in Barnsley’s 2-0 win at Blackburn Rovers, providing the corner from which Marc Roberts scored the opener. Barnsley now travel to Wigan on Thursday.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake won their first game of the season on Saturday evening, beating Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 in a snowstorm at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. Brooks Lennon started and played the full 90 minutes for the fourth straight game, helping his side to an important victory. RSL travel to Colorado Rapids next weekend.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
Lazar Markovic scored his first goal since his return to the Premier League this week, netting the first Hull goal in their crucial 4-2 win over Middlesbrough in midweek. Markovic smashed in after a goalmouth scramble in the 13th minute, before completing the full 90 minutes.
The Serbian got another 90 minutes on Saturday, but Hull could not overcome the challenge of Manchester City, with the hosts winning 3-1. Markovic had a quiet game. With six games to go, Hull are two points outside the relegation spots.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace lost their first game since Mamadou Sakho came into the team on Wednesday, falling 3-1 to Southampton at St Mary’s. Sakho played the full 90 minutes. Palace will host Arsenal on Monday night.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Danny Ward continued as the Huddersfield #1 this week, first helping his side to a clean sheet and important 3-0 win over Norwich on Wednesday, before seeing the Terriers fall 2-0 at Nottingham Forest. With six games to go, Huddersfield will be having half an eye on the promotion playoffs.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
After sitting out Salzburg’s 2-1 extra time win against Kapfenberger in the Austrian Cup, Andre Wisdom returned to the starting XI at the weekend to make his third straight league start and help the Bundesliga leaders to a 1-0 win over Sturm Graz. Salzburg have now not conceded a league goal with Wisdom on the pitch since the 1-0 home defeat to Admira on November 27th.
Written by Jake Ware