The winter break is over for most of our youngsters on loan so we'll actually have a pretty full report for you today. Matej Delac is the only player whose club is still on break, but they have a series of friendlies leading up to the resumption of their season in late February. Young Kenneth Omeruo has not yet officially joined ADO Den Haag as he finishes completing some paperwork. Word is that he will likely be granted his Dutch work permit on either Monday or Tuesday with an official announcement to follow. I guess you're all reading though to find out how the kids actually did, so here we go:
- Matej Delac - Delac actually got a start for Ceske Budejovice against Jablonic. He played 45 relatively uneventful minutes and didn't allow a goal. While I didn't see this one I've been told he was fairly solid in his debut performance. With any luck he'll earn himself some playing time in real games with his work in friendlies so we'll keep a close eye on what he does.
- Thibaut Courtois - Courtois kept another clean sheet on the weekend as Atletico blanked Real Sociedad 4-0. The big Belgian had a quiet day and only handled the ball a handful of times. It's nice to see he manages to keep his focus well when he's not constantly under pressure, but I'd prefer to see a few more tests to help him develop.
- Rhys Taylor - Taylor was pretty good in a 1-0 loss to Port Vale. The lone goal in that match was from the penalty spot so their really isn't too much blame to place at Taylor's feet. From all reports he was very effective at handling crosses and corners throughout the game.
That's it for this week, hopefully next week will mark the Vitesse debut for PvA. It's nice to have all of the youngsters back in action though so I have more than a few goalkeepers to watch.