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Chelsea FC Loan Roundup: April 9, 2013

Our weekly look in on how Chelsea's youngsters on loan performed

Alex Grimm
  • Romelu Lukaku (West Bromwich Albion): With West Brom taking on Arsenal, I have absolutely no idea why Romelu Lukaku started the game on the bench. He was a handful when he came on at 62 minutes, and probably should have scored to draw the game level. If nothing else, it's nice to see that he already scares the #2 out of Arsenal fans.
  • Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid): Courtois was his usual impressive self, keeping yet another clean sheet as Atletico drew Getafe 0-0. Atletico had a pair of players sent off in that game, but don't apper to be in any danger of missing out on next season's Champions League. They are 11 points ahead of 4th and 13 ahead of 5th with just 8 league games left to play.

  • Michael Essien (Real Madrid): Essien played 90 minutes at RB against Gala during the week, and was very impressive in the 3-0 win. He was unused over the weekend as Real won comfortably.
  • Lucas Piazon (Malaga): Piazon was probably disappointed when he was not named to the squad to face Borussia Dortmund this week, but he came on during the 64th minute over the weekend as Malaga lost 4-2. He was tidy with his passing and played all over the attack, and it would be hard to tell he's so young from the way he's generally played for the Spanish side. Malaga have been sliding of late, and their domestic form will need to improve if they want to finish in the European places (and thus take care of their 1-year UEFA ban).

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen): It really is a shame that De Bruyne is playing for such a terrible team this season, as it seems like his talents aren't being recognized enough because of it. he was again excellent this weekend, completing 85% of his passes and creating several solid chances. Sorry about the camera work in this one, useable Bundesliga highlights can be tough to find.

  • Jeffrey Bruma (Hamburger SV): Bruma was again dropped to the bench with the return of Michael Mancienne, and didn't see any time with the HSV first team this week. He did play 90 minutes for the reserve side though, and was pretty awful by all accounts I've seen.
  • Matej Delac (Inter Zapresic): Delac has been shaking off the rust in recent outings, and was again very good in a 1-1 draw with Hajduk Split. You'd really have to nitpick to find anything that he has been doing poorly in recent weeks, and it's a bit baffling that he didn't play in his previous spells on loan.

  • Tomas Kalas,Patrick van Aanholt, Gael Kakuta (Vitesse Arnhem): Both Tomas Kalas and Gael Kakuta started for Vitesse this week, as they managed to stay within sight of the top with an impressive 3-0 victory. Kakuta was particularly impressive, assiting yet another Wilfried Bony goal. The Dutch side has almost locked up a guaranteed European place for next season already, so the focus will now shift to making it a Champions League place and attempting to win the Eredivisie title. PvA continued to sit with a shoulder injury.

  • Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag): Omeruo was back to looking solid this week, although he did so in a losing effort. He played the full 90 minutes in Den Haag's 1-0 loss, and the result saw them dropped out of the Europa League playoff places for the moment.

  • Thorgan Hazard (Zulte-Waregem): Hazard and Zulte stayed one point off the top of the Jupiler League this weekend when they drew Genk 1-1. Hazard played the full 90 minutes in this one, and was pretty good on the whole. They'll have the opportunity to jump to the top of the table when they play Standard Liege on Friday.

  • Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough): McEachran saw 180 minutes for Boro this week as the side continue to plummet. He played fairly well in both games, although Boro only took a point from the pair. Boro now sit 7 points behind the final promotion playoff place, and 8 points ahead of the drop. It looks like they'll be playing in the Championship again next year.
  • Sam Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest): Hutchinson started on the bench this weekend after tweaking his groin last week. He didn't get off the bench as Forest drew with Blackpool.
  • Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers): Kane continues to be in excellent form for Blackburn, and was again their best player in a 3-2 loss over the weekend. The loss drops Blackburn into the relegation places, although they have a game in hand over many of the teams just above them.
  • George Saville (Millwall): Saville was again left out of the matchday squad for Millwall. It might be time for Chelsea to simply recall the youngster, as he doesn't appear to be in the plans for the FA Cup semifinalists.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford): It was a huge week for Watford, as they took on the top 2 sides in the Championship table. Chalobah played the entirety of both crucial matches, as Watford took an impressive 4 points from the only teams above them in the table. As usual, Chalobah was excellent in both games.
  • Ulises Davila (CE Sabadell): Davila was a time wasting sub in Sabadell's 4-3 win this weekend, but wasn't on the pitch for long enough to make any sort of impact. I suppose it's a good sign that his manager will put him on with 5 minutes to go and a 1-goal lead, something I'm not sure many would do with a guy like Marko Marin.
  • Patrick Bamford (MK Dons): Bamford continued to start for MK Dons, but was held off the scoresheet this week in a draw with Crawley Town. The Dons attack was still dangerous looking though, and Bamford looked quite good during his 90 minutes on the pitch.
  • Sam Walker, Billy Clifford (Colchester United): Walker and Clifford both continued to shine this week as Colchester moved 6 points clear of the relegation zone. Clifford continued in the holding role during United's 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient, while Walker was again fantastic in net. His second half penalty save made sure that United took all three points from the contest, that save may well end up being the pivotal moment in Colchester's season.
  • Jhon Pirez (Leganes): Pirez was again nowhere to be found for Leganes...I'm pretty sure you can form your own conclusion as to why.

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