Lewis Baker was left out of the Vitesse starting XI for the first time this season, as manager Peter Bosz decided to opt for a more defensive midfield duo of Sheran Yeini and Marvelous Nakamba for the side's crucial derby game against fierce rivals, NEC Nijmegen. Izzy Brown and Danilo Pantic joined Baker on the bench, while Dominic Solanke started up front. Todd Kane also started, albeit for NEC.
In a somewhat disappointing edition of what's normally a hotly contested derby, Vitesse won 1-0 via a Valeri Qazaishvili goal. Solanke was quiet and deprived of service to a large extent, but had a few good moments. NEC sat very deep, committing the bare minimum to attack while defending in numbers, not allowing the 18-year-old to make much of an impact. Baker came on for the final ten minutes or so, while Solanke and Kane completed the game. Kane was one of NEC's better players, looking solid in defence against Denys Oliinyk and getting forward on numerous occasions as part of the aforementioned bare minimum.
In fact, here's a snippet of his performance:
As always, From Arnhem with Love has you covered with a full match report. I'll also have more in-depth analysis of Solanke's (and others') performances in the derby here, so stay tuned for that.
Todd Kane, who used to captain Chelsea youth and reserves sides, spoke to the local press after the derby, criticising the lack of desire shown by his teammates and the lack of intensity in the game itself. It really does seem as if Kane has created some sort of siege mentality in his own head this year (also given the nature of the loan he chose) and hasn't been afraid to come out and say controversial things to the press like calling the lack of physicality in the Eredivisie "women's football".
Carpi managed to notch a rare win, but did it without the help of Wallace, who didn't even make the bench.
Nathaniel 'natedogg39' Chalobah, went back to his bench-warming ways in Napoli's victory over Inter Milan.
Stipe Perica was yet again an unused substitute for Udinese.
Juan Cuadrado played 68 minutes for Juventus, in a 3-0 win over Palermo. I'm not quite sure if you'd care to watch a highlight reel of the player's performance, but since it's available on the internet, you can watch it here.
This is pretty much a standard weekend for our loanees in Italy.
Victor Moses played the whole of West Ham United's draw against West Bromwich Albion. He had one glorious shot that just missed the far post.
John Swift played 74 minutes for Brentford and scored a fine goal to give his side the lead against Current Home of Emile Heskey, Bolton Wanderers. (Remember when I said it should be a legitimate title? I have made it a legitimate title.) He also had a volley from point-blank range denied by the opposition keeper, Ben Amos. It's worth mentioning that ex-Walsall boss, Dean Smith has been appointed manager of Brentford, with Lee Carsley shifting back to the assistant role. However, with the form Swift is in, it shouldn't have any negative implications on his place in the team.
Here's Swifty's goal:
The young midfielder also spoke about his recent and rather unexpected debut for the England U21s, and his experience playing under the guidance of Lee Carsley.
Kenneth Omeruo played the whole of Kasimpasa's 2-2 draw against Galatasaray, while Marko Marin was left on the bench for Trabzonspor.
Our friend, @JoostNa, has a little highlight reel for Kenneth as well:
Leonardo Jardim put out a much-changed Monaco side following their Europa League exertions, a 2-0 loss to Anderlecht, on Thursday. With Mario Pasalic watching the whole thing from the bench, Monaco managed a 3-3 draw with Marseille.