After the events that unfurled some twelve hours ago, we should think of happy (not necessarily Zouma) things and hope for the best. That scintillating pre-season display the German Messi gave us three years ago, perhaps? Oh, how he took the Sounders on with panache..
Speaking of Marko Marin, he's currently continuing his adventures in Turkey where he played the whole of Trabzonspor's Friday fixture against Konyaspor, which they lost 1-2. He operated as central attacking midfielder.
Here are some Trabzonspor fans on Twitter reacting to the pre-season All-Star's performance.
Thanks for your performance @MM_MarkoMarin— Gürcan Bayrak (@BayrakGurcan) October 2, 2015
@MM_MarkoMarin you are great !— Ö'mür Yılmaz (@Omur_61) October 2, 2015
Go on lads, find him a wife!
Let's continue on to Saturday.
There was a first Premier League start for Nathan Ake since the final day of the 2012-13 season, when Rafa Benitez handed him a start versus Everton. The young Dutchman played at his secondary position, left-back, coming in for the injured Jurado with Ikechi Anya pushed further forward. Ake lasted the whole 90 and had a quiet debut, so to speak. Watford were pretty much terrible for majority of the game, allowing Bournemouth ample space and time in midfield. Needless to say, Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis gave Ake a torrid time down the left, including on Bournemouth's goal, which came from an excellent Ritchie cross that found Glenn Murray in the box. Ake's positional sense was questionable at times, as was his first touch on a few occasions. However, Watford began to pull their act together in the latter half after being gifted a late, late first half equaliser and as they did, so did Ake. He was much more composed, passed better and even made some crisp tackles.
Patrick Bamford still doesn't look like getting any minutes in the Premier League. He was on the bench for the whole of Crystal Palace's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
After starting the first six Premier League games of the season, Marco Van Ginkel was only on the bench for the second straight match for Stoke City, who were 1-0 winners over Aston Villa on Saturday. The return of Bojan from injury and manager Mark Hughes' preference for a Glenn Whelan-Charlie Adam midfield two seems to have firmly relegated Van Ginkel to a backup for now. He's still getting decent substitute minutes though, and yesterday he came on in the 69th minute for Marko Arnautovic.
Ballon d'Or candidate Christian Atsu was left out of Bournemouth's match day squad altogether, again...
Victor Moses played 58 minutes of West Ham United's 2-2 draw against Sunderland, before being replaced by Nikica Jelavic. The Nigerian international provided the assist for Carl Jenkinson's goal, after some impressive work on out wide against somebody pretending to be Branislav Ivanovic.
Say, we could use some of that wing-play around here...
Heading into the lower echelons of the English footballing pyramid, three of our Championship loan players faced off against each other, all three of them starting in Reading's clash with Middlesbrough. Lucas Piazon and Michael Hector started for the hosts while Tomas Kalas started for the visitors. Reading ran out 2-0 winners, Hector helping to keep a tidy clean sheet. Piazon, on the other hand, put in a poor shift, looking a bit lightweight for the Championship and was subbed off in the 63rd minute for Ola John.
Just three days after the confirmation of his one-month loan deal, John Swift made his debut in Brentford's 2-0 loss to Derby, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute. Manager Lee Carsley was all praise for the youngster after the game.
Jordan Houghton remains an important part of the Gillingham team, playing the whole of their 3-3 draw with Oldham.
Alex Davey was left on the bench for a goal fest of a game, with his team, Peterborough beating Millwall 5-3.
Wallace yet again warmed the bench for Carpi, who won 2-1 against Torino. The 21-year-old has a grand total of 108 minutes on the pitch so far, coming from one 76-minute-start and two substitute appearances. Hey, it's still better than his previous Serie A loan!
Andreas Christensen started his fourth Bundesliga game on the bounce (and fifth overall) and put in yet another great display as Borussia Monchengladbach, who have surely gotten their season back on track, won even more emphatically than the 2-0 scoreline would suggest against almighty Wolfsburg. Christensen once again turned in a mature, composed display with precise passing and calmness on the ball, even managing a couple of forward runs whilst hardly putting a foot wrong defensively.
Our loan contingent over at Arnhem plays tomorrow but their fierce rivals, NEC Nijmegen registered a 4-1 victory over ADO Den Haag. Todd Kane played the full 90.
As Victorien Angban (who was called up to the Ivory Coast squad for the first time earlier this week) missed out due to suspension, Joao Rodriguez was handed his first start for STVV. While he was hauled off after 61 minutes, Cristian Cuevas was brought on at half-time. STVV lost 1-3 to Waasland Beveren.
Cristian Manea was named on the bench for Mouscron's encounter with Oud-Heverlee but he wasn't called upon during the match. He still hasn't featured for the Belgian side yet.
Islam Feruz remains out for Hibernian with an injury.
Ulises Davila was not involved in any way for Vitoria de Setubal this week. He's only played a meager thirty minutes this season so far.