WAALWIJK, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17: Patrick van Aanholt of Vitesse in action during the Eredivisie Europa League Playoff match between RKC Waalwijk and Vitesse Arnhem at Mandemakers Stadion on May 17, 2012 in Waalwijk, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Chelsea haven't been playing due to the international break, but that doesn't mean we haven't had a few of our loanees in action this past week. I'm only going to touch on the players that were around to be involved in the action, so I'm going to skip HSV's friendly against Niendorfer that Jeffrey Bruma was not around to participate in (Dutch U21 duty). I'm also going to skip Tomas Kalas when talking about Vitesse's friendly, as he was also away on international duty (Czech U21).
Ulises Davila (Sabadell) - Davila was on the bench as Sabadell defeated Almeria 3-0. He was not used, as Sabadell made some more defensively oriented substitutions as they defended their lead.
Archange Nkumu (Yeovil Town) - Nkumu was on the bench for both of Yeovil's games, and he was unused in both. He's looking to be nothing more than depth during an injury crisis, which is probably about what most of us were expecting from the 18 year old at this stage of his development.
Rohan Ince (Yeovil Town) - Ince was also on the bench for both of Yeovil's matches this week, but he managed to get on the pitch in both. He came on during the 62nd minute against Sam Walker and Bristol, and then came on in the 41st minute against Bournemouth. He played quite well in both, and is probably pushing towards a starting place in the near future.
Sam Walker (Bristol Rovers) - Walker played the full 90 in a pair of fixtures this week. Yeovil defeated Bristol 3-0, and the Bristol drew Aldershot 2-2. Walker was not really directly at fault for any of the goals, but one would hope that with experience he'd be able to help direct the defense a bit more effectively.
Conor Clifford (Portsmouth) - Clifford was unused as Portsmouth defeated Crawley 3-0, but he got a good run when Portsmouth defeated Bournemouth on penalties in the Johnstone Paint Cup. He came on in the 75th minute and played for about 45 minutes when extra time was taken into account. He slotted in on the right side of the midfield, and didn't do poorly at all in the unfamiliar wide role.
- Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem) - PvA played the first 68 minutes of Vitesse's friendly against Volendam. He looked solid as usual.
- Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem) - Kakuta came on for his Vitesse debut just as PvA was coming off. Kakuta looked strong in his unofficial debut, and he played a midfield role for the club. Video highlights from this one can be found here.
Jhon Pirez's new side Leganes was also in action, but Pirez was not involved in that one. He was likely still acclimating to the new club, and I'd expect to see his debut soon. We'll have a much longer one for you next week, as the international break will be over for most of our top prospects.