We’ve got another bumper loan report for you this week as it’s been a couple of weeks since your last fill, so we’ve got a fair bit to catch up on. Let’s get started…
Serie A – Italy
Kevin Mirallas (Fiorentina)
Mirallas’ Fiorentina had three Serie A fixtures last week following the international break, starting with a 1-1 draw at home to Torino in which the Belgian played 85 minutes on the right wing. He was confined to his own half for much of the affair, but did manage a key pass and a couple of shots. He was rested for the majority of La Viola’s midweek 2-2 draw at Roma, but replaced striker Giovanni Simeone for the final 20 minutes to no avail.
The winger was back in from the start for the 1-0 home defeat to Frosinone, making three key passes as well as having a shot saved himself. He played the full 90 and switched wings during the game in a more positive performance.
La Liga – Spain
Sandro Ramirez (Real Sociedad)
Sandro’s Sociedad had three games last week too, and he’s been in the news a fair bit, with a permanent move on the cards despite the Spaniard having yet to score a goal for his loan side. He played an hour up front at Real Valladolid, having two shots blocked without doing much else before being replaced by Juanmi.
The forward dropped to the bench for the 2-1 midweek win over Real Betis, but replaced midfielder Luca Sangalli for the last half hour. I gave this one a proper watch to see what the deal was with Sandro, and like we saw in pre-season, he doesn’t half go down easily. Despite spending a fair bit of time on the ground, he does link up well with his team-mates, and managed a shot on target in what was a clear-cut chance.
Sandro played an hour in a wide midfield role in a 3-1 defeat to Celta Vigo, and had another shot on target in a typically limp performance before coming off again for the more dynamic Juanmi.
Super Lig – Turkey
Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray)
Onyekuru played out on the right in the 0-0 Turkish Cup draw with Yeni Malatyaspor, and was brought off in the closing stages for German forward Sinan Gümüş.
Gala played the same opposition in the league four days later, beating them 3-0 this time through a hat-trick from Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne. Onyekuru had a shot on target and made a key pass before strangely being brought off in the same minute, for the same player, and against the same opposition as in midweek.
Premier Liga – Russia
Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
Vlasic scored the opener in last week’s 2-2 draw with FC Ufa, playing 84 minutes pretty much everywhere in midfield before making way for Takuma Nishimura. The Croat also made a key pass in an industrious performance.
He moved to a more advanced wing role for the 2-0 win at Spartak Moscow, assisting his side’s opener this time as well as having three shots and making four key passes. This is a player we should really hold on to for next season if possible.
Eredivisie – Netherlands
Cuco Martina (Feyenoord)
Cuco Martina moved back to his preferred right-back position for his side’s 3-2 defeat at FC Utrecht, and 3-0 wins against Heerenveen and VVV-Venlo respectively. He likes to get involved going forward, as well as making seven clearances across the three fixtures, and impressively winning eight of his 11 duels in the latter fixture alone.
He’s settled into the team on the right side of defence in recent weeks after a few outings at centre-back early on in his loan spell.
First Divison A – Belgium
Yannick Bolasie (Anderlecht)
Bolasie’s Anderlecht were on the end of three defeats last week – a 3-0 at the hands of Genk, before going down 3-2 at home to Club Brugge and 2-1 to Royal Antwerp F.C. Bolasie did manage to get an assist in the Brugge game, though, after being tried out in several roles during the week including up top. Should we have ever tried that?
Super League – Switzerland
Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers)
Tarashaj wasn’t fit to make the squad for for any of his side’s 1-1, 0-0, and 1-1 draws with FC Lugano, FC St. Gallen 1879 and FC Zurich respectively.
Shayne Lavery (Falkirk)
The young Irish forward made appearances in both the 0-0 and 1-1 draws with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Queen of the South respectively, but played a grand total of 8 minutes over the two matches. He was left on the bench for the 2-1 defeat to Alloa Athletic, and Everton should maybe consider sending him elsewhere if he’s going out on loan again next season.
Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City)
Niasse’s Cardiff have had a difficult week in their relegation battle, losing 2-1 to Chelsea and 2-0 to Manchester City. The striker put in a fair shift in both though, and does an awful lot of work for his team but without bearing all too much fruit. He had a total of one shot on target over the two games, but got involved in an impressive 44 duels, winning 17.
Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town)
Unfortunately, Pennington ruptured his ankle ligaments in Ipswich training meaning that he has returned to Everton to continue his rehabilitation. He leaves Ipswich as a serious contender for their Player of the Season, impressing consistently in defence despite the inconsistencies of his team. His strengths have been playing the ball out from the back comfortably, as well as winning most of his aerial battles in making up for not being the tallest centre-back.
We wish Matthew all the best for the future whatever it holds for next season.
Antonee Robinson and Beni Baningime (Wigan Athletic)
It’s great seeing Robinson back at left-back for Wigan, and he didn’t put a foot wrong in either of his side’s 0-0 or 2-2 draws against Brentford and Bristol City respectively. He blocked a shot and made five clearances in the former, and was able to get forward a bit more in the latter, stretching his legs and showing the pace down the wing that he offers.
Beni Baningime was out of the squad for both matches.
Ashley Williams (Stoke City)
Williams sat out the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday from the bench, before replacing Ryan Shawcross in the 53rd minute of Stoke’s first away win since October, a 1-0 win at Blackburn Rovers. He made five clearances and a couple of interceptions in his cameo.
Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough)
Besic was also limited to cameo appearances last week, playing 18 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at home to Norwich City and 13 minutes of the game with the same result against Bristol City. He made a key pass in each game, but was then left on the bench for the 3-1 defeat to Swansea City.
Joe Williams and Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers)
It was very much a conflicting week for Bolton’s new midfield pair, mirroring the strange situation at the club at the moment with matches in doubt due to the club’s financial situation. It must be difficult to be playing there at the moment, so fair play to the lads.
Williams and Connolly were excellent in midfield together in the 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers, with the former making two key passes as well as his usual tenacity off the ball, and the latter scoring the winner.
It was a different story in the Ipswich game, though, with their side going down 2-1 at home despite Williams making a key pass. It was an unconvincing performance from both the pair and the team otherwise, but if they can gather some consistency together then it could be promising for the future.
Kieran Dowell (Sheffield United)
Dowell played the first half of the Blades’ 3-2 defeat to Bristol City, but was kept relatively quiet before coming off at half-time.
Strangely, Dowell was tried out at left wing-back for the 1-0 win at Preston North End. He had a fair bit of trouble coming down his side but made two clearances and an interception before being hooked on the hour mark.
Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion)
Holgate hasn’t had the license to get forward this week which he’s had recently, and was pinned back in the 3-2 derby win against Birmingham City in making six clearances and four interceptions, winning eight of his 11 duels.
He had a relatively poor game in the 2-0 defeat to Millwall, and was pretty quiet throughout.
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United)
Garbutt started on the left wing for his side’s 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers, and whipped some lovely balls in from free-kicks before coming off in the closing stages.
He had an excellent game in the 3-1 away win at Walsall, assisting one goal and scoring another in an impressive performance from his new position.
Anthony Evans (Blackpool)
Evans had a quiet game back in the starting line-up for the 2-2 draw with Plymouth Argyle, and was subsequently left on the bench for the draw with Luton Town of the same scoreline.
Evo-Stik Premier League
Joe Hilton (Marine)
Marine unfortunately lost both their games last week, a 3-1 home defeat to the impressive South Shields and a 2-1 defeat away at Whitby Town. Hilton didn’t play badly, though, and continues to put in mature performances above his years.