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Chelsea Loan Round-Up: Tomas Kalas conquers Old Trafford

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There was plenty of domestic cup action this week. We take a look at how our loan brigade has performed in these last two days.

Isn't he pretty?
Isn't he pretty?
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ENGLAND:

Patrick Bamford finally made his first start for Crystal Palace, ahead of both Frazier Campbell and Dwight Gayle, as Palace were obliterated 5-1 by Manchester City. Bamford lasted 77 minutes, before being replaced by Gayle. The youngster didn't do himself any favours and looked quite lost against a much-changed City lineup that however, still featured a strong back four. With Chamakh's return nearing as well, Bamford could unfortunately, but easily, find himself frozen out yet again.

Christian Atsu was left out of the match day squad for the eleventy-billionth time, despite his last appearance for Bournemouth being an impressive one in the League Cup.

Marco Van Ginkel couldn't, of course, take part in Stoke's tie against a fellow lower mid-table side, who happened to be his parent club.

Tomas Kalas started for Middlesbrough at Old Trafford, as Boro held United to a goalless draw in normal time and won on penalties. He was immense for Boro all game, now having contributed to clean sheets at both Old Trafford and Anfield.

Although Brentford weren't in action this midweek, you'll be pleased to know that John Swift has now had his loan extended till January!

ITALY:

Wallace got some minutes for Carpi, coming on in the 71st minute as a straight swap for Antonio Di Gaudio.

#FreeChalobah continues.

Stipe Perica actually started a game for Udinese, against Roma. However, the young Croat was largely ineffective and hauled off in the 70th minute.

BELGIUM:

Victorien Angban missed out due to injury and Cristian Cuevas was hauled off at half-time, as St. Truiden continued their woeful start to the season, losing 4-0 to Zulte Waregem.

Cristian Manea was not involved for Mouscron, but as always, was on the bench.

OTHERS:

Jeremie Boga started his first game for Rennes, helping them win their cup tie against SC Bastia, 1-0. Having lasted the whole 90, it's probably safe to assume the youngster has no fitness issues now and should be featuring more in the Rennes XI.

Interestingly, I had a dream last night, that consisted of me meeting Jeremie Boga on a bus and asking him questions about the game, which I'd then include in the loan report. Honest!

Andreas Christensen had an own-goal-free outing against Schalke in the DFB Pokal, as Gladbach beat them for the second time in four days. Ex-Chelsea loanee, Thorgan Hazard grabbed a goal too, from the penalty spot. Perhaps he could give a few tips to his older brother.