Better late than never I suppose. Actually I'm late enough with this one that I've got a few more games to report on than I would have otherwise. The loan season is winding down, but we've got a whole lot of stuff to report on this week. So here we go...
- Thibaut Courtois - More than anyone this week (and a half), Courtois had a few awfully tough tests. He'd start off with a quality Hannover side that needed to press the attack, and he certainly did not disappoint in that one. Atletico won 2-1 en route to a Europa League semifinal birth. He'd struggle on the weekend against Levante, allowing two goals (one of which he could have done better with) in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Yesterday would be the real teast though, as high flying Real Madrid made their way to their local rivals home. Some guy named Ronaldo left Courtois without a prayer twice in this one before bagging a hat trick on a penalty, but the big Belgian could have done more with the Real 4th. Mistakes will happen when you are peppered the way he was yesterday though, and all in all it was a solid week for the youngster.
- Josh McEachran - Josh is now firmly planted in the basket at Swansea. He was an unused sub in both the loss against Newcastle and yesterday's terrible performance against QPR. He's had a tough time unseating any of the very good Swans midfielders to date, but with the team looking a bit lost for the last few games maybe Brendan Rodgers will give him a run over the weekend against Blackburn.
Ben Gordon - Gordon didn't have a particularly good game on the weekend, but in all honesty Celtic are just miles better than Killie. They'd thrash Killie by a 6-0 scoreline as they clinched the SPL title away from home, and Gordon didn't really do anything to help slow the onslaught or provide threat at the other end of the pitch. That was always going to be a tough fixture, it was disappointing to see such a lackluster display though.
That's it for this week, but the Eredivise gets back in action this afternoon and we'll have a full weekend worth of action to report on for next week. Enjoy the games you get to see, and let's hope Josh gets some time this weekend.