Loan Watch: Sakho Named Player of the Month, Wisdom Dominates
Allan Rodrigues de Souza, Hertha Berlin
Allan Souza continued to struggle to break into the Hertha team, spending the duration of his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Hoffenheim on the bench.
Taiwo Awoniyi, NEC Nijmegen
Nigerian striker Taiwo Awoniyi was another player who found himself on the fringes this week, as he spent the whole of NEC’s 2-1 loss at Vitesse amongst the substitutes.
Cameron Brannagan, Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood Town suffered a devastating blow to their automatic promotion hopes this weekend, after a disappointing home defeat to League One relegation contenders Swindon Town. Cam Brannagan started on the bench before coming on after 78 minutes, three minutes before Nicky Ajose scored the winner for the visitors. Brannagan has now made 10 appearances for his loan side, with six coming off the bench.
Pedro Chirivella, Go Ahead Eagles
Relegation battlers Go Ahead Eagles secured a hugely important win on Sunday, surprising midtable side Twente with a 2-1 away win. Pedro Chirivella once again played the full 90 minutes in the centre of the park. Go Ahead travel to league leaders Feyenoord on Wednesday.
Jack Dunn, Tranmere Rovers
Tranmere Rovers won both their games this week, knocking off Dover Athletic and Wrexham by 1-0 scorelines. Jack Dunn was not involved in the squad.
Jon Flanagan, Burnley
Jon Flanagan was an unused substitute during Burnley’s 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham.
Ryan Fulton, Chesterfield
After spending the past few weeks on the Chesterfield bench, Ryan Fulton returned to action last week, starting for Scotland U21s on Tuesday night. The ‘keeper kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Estonia.
On Saturday, Fulton was back on the bench, watching on as Chesterfield battled to a 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers.
Lloyd Jones, Swindon Town
Lloyd Jones was not involved in the squad for Swindon’s 1-0 win at Fleetwood Town.
Ryan Kent, Barnsley
Ryan Kent returned to the Barnsley starting XI this week, and completed a rare 90 minutes, as the Tykes fought to a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday. Kent had a good game again, providing a constant menace for defenders down his wing. Barnsley host mid-table rivals Cardiff City on Tuesday.
Brooks Lennon, Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake continued their challenging start to the season, losing their third game of the first five, this time 4-2 at the hands of Minnesota United. American forward Brooks Lennon made his third straight start for RSL and completed his third straight 90 minutes, and although he will be disappointed with the team’s poor form, he has made a very positive start to his professional career.
Lazar Markovic, Hull City
Lazar Markovic continued in the Hull City starting XI after the return of Premier League action, and got another full 90 minutes under his belt, helping Hull beat West Ham United 2-1. Hull take on Middlesbrough on Wednesday in a key relegation clash.
Mamadou Sakho, Crystal Palace
Mamadou Sakho continued his excellent form on Saturday. Despite seeing Palace concede their first goal since he entered the side, Sakho helped his team to a fourth straight win, through an excellent 2-1 win at league leaders Chelsea. The defender was also named Crystal Palace’s Player of the Month on Friday, after an impressive start to life at Selhurst Park.
Danny Ward, Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield suffered a second straight defeat, and it was a disappointing one, as they fell at home to relegation contenders Burton Albion by a 1-0 scoreline. Danny Ward started and made three saves, before the Welshman was beaten by a 96th minute winner from Jackson Irvine. Nine points out of the automatic promotion spots with just eight games to go in the Championship season, Huddersfield now look more than likely to finish in the playoff places.
Andre Wisdom, Red Bull Salzburg
Andre Wisdom made his second straight start and helped Red Bull Salzburg to their second straight 5-0 victory, with a dominating performance at Rheindorf Altach. The win puts Salzburg nine points clear at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga table.