It's another weekend in the books, so it's time to look back and see how the Chelsea youngsters out on loan did. The unexpected cold and snowy weather throughout Europe did prevent two Chelsea youngsters from potentially debuting this weekend as the ADO Den Haag game was postponed due to the pitch being deemed hazardous. That might be a good thing for Kenneth Omeruo and Milan Lalkovic as it gives the pair another week to acclimate to their new club. Rhys Taylor also got an unexpected weekend off due to the snow. On to the games that actually got underway though...
- Thibaut Courtois - Thibaut had another solid outing, racking up his fifth clean sheet in a row as Atletico drew Valencia. All in all it was a pretty quiet afternoon for the big Belgian. The Atletico defense has been much improved since they returned from their winter break.
- Kevin De Bruyne - De Bruyne celebrated his Chelsea signing with one of his quietest performances of the season. He picked up a minor injury in the very early going that wasn't serious enough to force him off the pitch. I'm sure he's been evaluated since the contest finished and hopefully this won't be a nagging injury. Anderlecht dominated possession en route to their 4-2 victory which should surprise nobody that's been following the Belgian league so far this season.
- Jeffrey Bruma - Bruma had himself a rare weekend off against Bayern Munich as he picked up a slight injury during training this past week. After filing a late fitness test, Slobodan Rajkovic got the start in his stead and impressed greatly as HSV held the Bundesliga leaders (now former leaders). Congratulations to former Chelsea player Jacopo Sala are in order as he fired in his first HSV goal in this one.
It was nice to see that display for PvA, but Kakuta is really starting to disappoint me. Hopefully he'll show enough throughout the remainder of the season that he'll get a good look at the club, but at the moment it's hard to picture him fitting into our long term plans. All in all it was another good week for our youngsters on loan though.