Well it’s that time again in the week where we go and see how the out on loan blues have fared for the week and check on their progress.
Belgian Pro League
Henry Onyekuru – Anderlecht
Henry featured twice in the week for the Belgian outlet, under their Caretaker Manager following the sacking off Rene Weiler. The first game was a 0-1 away victory at Westerlo in the Belgian cup, a game which Henry scored the only goal in just after the hour mark, Henry also rcieved the Man-of-the-Match award. Anderlecht then where back in action in the Belgian Pro League, where they faced an away game at Waasland-Beveren, a game which Anderlecht came from behind to win 1-2. Despite his winner midweek, Onyekuru was dropped to the bench for this one, but was introduced at half-time with the score 1-0. Nigerian Henry helped Anderlecht turn the game around ahead of their Champions League encounter against Celtic, this week.
Sky Bet Championship
Callum Connolly – Ipswich Town
Callum returned to training just a day before Ipswich Town’s encounter with high-flying Leeds, and was an unused substitute in Town’s 3-2 away defeat.
Kieran Dowell – Nottingham Forest
Kieran’s Nottingham Forest side played twice this week, firstly a Carabao Cup away tie to the Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Kieran started this game which resulted in a 5-1 thrashing in Chelsea’s favour. Kieran was pretty impressive despite the scoreline, even hitting the crossbar with a superb curling free-kick with the score at 1-0. Kieran was withdrawn with a quarter of an hour remaining. Forest returned to league action with a difficult away trip to Aston Villa, where Forest where defeated 2-1. Kieran completed the 90 minutes, and was given a 6/10 rating for his efforts. Kieran had a poor first half but improved massively in the second half. The result leaves Forest 12th in the table.
Joe Williams – Barnsley
Like Kieran, Joe also faced an away visit to a top Premier League side during the week in the Carabao Cup, as his Barnsley side had a trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Barnsley put in a valiant performance and restricted Spurs throughout, all their efforts counted for nothing though, as Dele Alli scored the only goal of the game, after 65 minutes. Joe again put in a good performance for the Yorkshire side and was withdrew after 80 minutes. Barnsley returned to league action away at Wolves on Saturday, Joe played the whole 90 minutes in a valiant performance from Barnsley which resulted in a 95th minute winner for Wolves, in a 2-1 defeat for Barnsley. Joe received a 7/10 rating, but was also booked. The result leaves Barnsley 21st a point and place above the relegation zone.
Liam Walsh – Birmingham City
Liam wasn’t included in Former Blue Lee Carsley’s first match day squad as Caretaker manager at Birmingham. Birmingham drew 1-1 away at Derby, another former Blue, Lukas Jutkiewicz scored for the Blues, of Birmingham.
Matthew Pennington – Leeds United
Matthew still was not fit enough to make the match day squad for Leeds in their penalty shootout victory away at Premier League Burnley, but returned as an unused substitute at Elland Road for Leeds’ 3-2 victory over Callum Connolly’s Ipswich.
Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning – Sunderland
Both sat out of Sunderland’s tie at Goodison in the Carabao Cup in the week with both being ineligible to face their parent Club, and we doubt you need reminding, but we will remind you anyway, as Sunderland fell to a 3-0 defeat, Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring twice and Oumar Niasse grabbing the 3rd. Both returned to the match day squad in yet another defeat for Sunderland on Saturday, a 1-2 home defeat to high-flying Cardiff City.
Tyias completed the entire 90 minutes, firstly at Centre-half, and then completing the game at right-back, Tyias received a 6/10 rating, and was deemed to have ‘adapted well to position change, with a solid performance’ for the Black Cats.
Contrastingly, Galloway was an unused substitute for the 3rd league game in a row, the reults leaves Sunderland winless in 7, and 22nd in the table.
Antonee Robinson – Bolton Wanderers
Like Matthew, Joe and Kieran, Antonee faced an away tie to Premier League opposition in the Carabao Cup, with Bolton facing West Ham, Antonee played the entire game as West Ham thrashed Bolton 3-0. Antonee was again on the wrong side of a 0-3 scoreline on Saturday, as winless Bolton faced winless Brentford, with the Bees comprehensively beating Bolton, 0-3 at the Macron, Antonee played 74 minutes, as Bolton remained Winless.
Sky Bet League 2
Conor Grant – Crewe Alexandra
Conor played 58 minutes in the Railway Men’s 0-5 home demolishing to Carlisle United, Former blue Hallam Hope finished the scoring of for Carlisle. Conor had a day to forget receiving a mere 4/10 rating, surprisingly, not the worst, or infact not in the lowest 3.
A disappointing week for some of the lads out on loan but nevertheless some really good experience for some of them facing some Premier League opposition. Here is hoping the lads have a more succesful week this week and some top performances to follow!
– Louis (@LouisCrawford10)