Loan Report – 20th March 2019
Serie A – Italy
Kevin Mirallas (Fiorentina)
Mirallas had a poor game in the 2-1 defeat to Cagliari supporting Luis Muriel up front, having one shot saved in virtually his only involvement before being replaced by Giovanni Simeone with not even an hour played.
La Liga – Spain
Sandro was given a chance up front for the 1-1 draw with Levante, having three shots off target and just one on before being brought off for Jon Bautista after 66 minutes, again barely entering the opposition’s box.
Super Lig – Turkey
Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray)
Onyekuru got an assist in a 3-2 win at Bursaspor, without doing too much else other than having three shots off target and one blocked. Reports of £40m interest from Bayern Munich have arised this week – would you sell him for that money? I’d definitely consider it, but it would be a shame for a man who has not yet donned the royal blue, so would most likely end up a case of ‘what if’.
Premier Liga – Russia
Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
Vlasic returned to a central midfield role for CSKA for their 1-0 win at Ural Yekaterinburg, and was heavily involved, making five key passes and looking much more comfortable in this role than on the wing.
Eredivisie – Netherlands
Cuco Martina (Feyenoord)
Martina returned to right-back for the 3-2 defeat to Willem II Tilburg, and bombed up the right flank a fair bit as well as winning six of his eight duels and all three of his tackles.
First Division A – Belgium
Yannick Bolasie (Anderlecht)
Bolasie scored his fourth goal in seven games for Anderlecht from the right wing in a 2-0 win at KV Oostende. The winger does seem to be finding his feet in Belgium, despite his desire to return to the Premier League.
Super League – Switzerland
Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers)
Tarashaj didn’t make the squad for a game which was abandoned due to fireworks being thrown by Grasshoppers fans who were angry to see their team 2-0 down to FC Sion. Ridiculous behaviour.
Shayne Lavery (Falkirk)
Lavery was again out of the squad for his side’s 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle.
Oumar Niasse (Cardiff City)
Cardiff’s match with Brighton & Hove Albion was postponed due to the latter’s involvement in the FA Cup quarter-final with Millwall, which they won on penalties.
Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town)
Pennington had a great game on his return to the Ipswich side in the 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest after missing the last two through illness, making five clearances, blocking three shots and making another three interceptions as well as winning 11 of his 17 duels. Solid.
Antonee Robinson and Beni Baningime (Wigan Athletic)
Robinson had another good game in the 5-2 win over Bolton Wanderers, making six clearances and winning eight of his 12 duels as well as putting some strong crosses in the mixer further up the pitch.
Baningime remains out of the squad after struggling with injury.
Ashley Williams (Stoke City)
After a couple of ‘super-sub’ appearances (hardly), Williams remained on the bench for Stoke’s 0-0 draw with Reading.
Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough)
Besic was left on the bench for the 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa. That’s what happens when you leave him out.
Joe Williams and Callum Connolly (Bolton Wanderers)
The boys were paired in midfield again, but didn’t have the best day this time in the 5-2 defeat at Wigan. Connolly missed a couple of good chances while Williams looked good on the ball but struggled to deal with ex-Manchester United man Nick Powell.
Kieron Dowell (Sheffield United)
Dowell was brought on for David McGoldrick for the final minutes to see out a 1-0 win at Leeds United, without having much time to do anything of note despite watching opposition goalkeeper Kiko Casilla being sent off for a professional foul on the last man, Billy Sharp.
Mason Holgate (West Bromwich Albion)
Holgate put in another decent shift at right-back in keeping a clean sheet for the 1-0 win at Brentford, winning seven of his ten duels as well as whipping a few crosses in up the other end of the pitch.
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United)
Garbutt was left on the bench again for Oxford’s 1-0 win at home to Bradford City.
Anthony Evans (Blackpool)
Evans was out of the squad for Blackpool’s 3-0 defeat at Burton Albion.
Evo-Stik Premier League
Joe Hilton (Marine)
Marine’s home game with Matlock Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, so Joe and I got another day off.