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Chelsea Loan Round-up: Tammy Abraham, Lewis Baker put on a show; Christensen does not

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Tammy Abraham scored his eleventh goal of the season (eighth in the Championship) and then assisted Jamie Paterson’s goal to help Bristol City complete an emphatic comeback victory against Nottingham Forest. He also started in a 1-0 victory against Leeds United in midweek, and although he didn’t score in that game, he is now the outright top-scorer in the division. Not bad for the kid who just turned 19.

Upcoming fixtures: Cardiff City (A, October 14)

Kasey Palmer started and played 76 minutes as Huddersfield beat Rotherham 2-1 midweek, but was an unused substitute in their weekend victory against Ipswich. The David Wagner Revolution is strong as ever in Huddersfield as the Terriers lead the Championship by two points over Norwich City.

Upcoming fixtures: Sheffield Wednesday (H, October 16)

Izzy Brown continues to be an important player for a struggling Rotherham side and started in their two recent losses against Huddersfield and Newcastle. Unfortunately, the Millers have lost four games in a row and have hit rock-bottom in the Championship table. Izzy, despite being one of his team’s better players, was evidently unhappy with his showing against Newcastle.

Upcoming fixtures: Norwich City (A, October 15)

Tomas Kalas continues to miss games due to injury, but Lucas Piazon started the last two Fulham games; he played 68 minutes against Nottingham Forest in midweek and then the whole 90 versus QPR on Saturday.

Upcoming fixtures: Barnsley (A, October 15)

Christian Atsu, after a four-minute cameo against Norwich City midweek, was finally handed a start by Rafa Benitez against Rotherham over the weekend. The Ghanaian winger repaid his manager’s faith by scoring an absolute scorcher, which turned out to be the only goal of the game.

Rafa did, of course, reserve some praise for Atsu post-game.

Upcoming fixtures: Brentford (H, October 15)

Jake Clarke-Salter made his Bristol Rovers debut, starting against Sheffield United in a three-man defence as manager Darrell Clarke opted to play a 3-5-2 on the day. Clarke-Salter was the subject of many plaudits but Rovers lost the game 1-0. Here he talks to BRFC TV about his debut.

Darrell Clarke has been rotating a lot this season and adopting various shapes for his team, and in doing so, Clarke-Salter was an unused substitute on Saturday against Northampton. But Charlie Colkett, who was in turn an unused substitute against Sheffield, was given his first start for Rovers. Colkett played to his strengths, threading a few dangerous through balls from deep and even scored the winner in the very last minute!

Upcoming fixtures: Yeovil Town (H, October 4), Fleetwood Town (H, October 8), Gillingham (H, October 15)

Nathan Ake was an unused substitute for Bournemouth against Watford, as was Kenedy for the Hornets.

Upcoming fixtures:

Bournemouth - Hull City (H, October 15)

Watford - Middlesbrough (A, October 16)

Patrick Bamford was also an unused substitute for Burnley.

Upcoming fixtures: Southampton (A, October 16)

Jordan Houghton started Doncaster Rovers’ 2-2 draw against Carlisle as well as their 2-1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Jamal Blackman and Wycombe Wanderers had a good week; the Chelsea stopper let in one goal in a 5-1 victory over Crewe in midweek, and kept a clean sheet against Exeter on Saturday in a 1-0 win.

Alex Davey was a 54th minute substitute for Billy Clifford for Crawley Town in midweek, and a 91st minute substitute against Blackpool on Saturday. Mitchell Beeney was completely uninvolved in midweek, but was on the bench for the Blackpool game.

Dion Conroy was a 59th minute substitute for Aldershot Town, who beat York City 1-0.

Nathan Baxter started both of Met Police’s recent games, although both ended in 1-0 losses.


Andreas Christensen faced his second big test in this year’s UEFA Champions League as he started at Borussia Park against Barcelona. You can view his individual highlights in the video below.

He and his team had a game to forget on Sunday, as they conceded three goals in a space of six minutes early in the second half, crumbling to a 4-0 defeat and handing Schalke their first win of the season.

Christensen in particular was solely responsible for the fourth goal, getting robbed of the ball after a poor touch by Breel Embolo.

Upcoming fixtures: Hamburger SV (H, October 15)

Despite his goalscoring heroics last weekend, Michael Hector dropped back to the Eintracht Frankfurt bench and was an unused substitute.

Upcoming fixtures: Bayern Munich (H, October 15)

Baba Rahman was an 80th minute substitute as Schalke registered another victory in the Europa League, beating RB Salzburg 3-1. He was again only brought on in the dying minutes against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Upcoming fixtures: Augsburg (A, October 15)


Charly Musonda put in an impressive shift last weekend and provided the match-winning assist for Betis, but found himself back on the bench against Real Sociedad on Friday. He was brought on in the 70th minute for Joaquin but Betis couldn’t find an answer to Carlos Vela’s 63rd minute strike.

Upcoming fixtures: Real Madrid (H, October 15)

Granada sacked Paco Jemez earlier in the week after a run of very poor results, leaving the side under caretaker manager Lluis Planaguma for their match against newly-promoted Leganes. Both Victorien Angban and Jeremie Boga were left out of the squad for some reason, and Granada lost the game 1-0. You do the math.

Upcoming fixtures: Atletico Madrid (A, October 15)


Lewis Baker continued his fine goalscoring form and also put in one of his best displays in a Vitesse shirt, scoring one goal and assisting the other as Vitesse came from behind to beat Groningen 2-1 at the GelreDome. Nathan played one minute, and Matt Miazga got around six. You can read a match report at From Arnhem with Love. Miazga also played for the Jong Vitesse side that lost 5-0 to Jong AZ, though.

Upcoming fixtures: AZ Alkmaar (A, October 15)

Danilo Pantic finally got his first league start for Excelsior but saw two yellows in the space of 22 minutes and was given his marching orders.

Upcoming fixtures: Roda JC (H, October 16)

Bertrand Traore started on the right once more for Ajax and assisted young Kasper Dolberg in the only goal of the night, as Ajax beat Standard Liege 1-0 in the Europa League. He remained positionally unchanged against FC Utrecht on Sunday and also managed to miss an absolute sitter.

Upcoming fixtures: ADO Den Haag (A, October 16)


Matej Delac started for Royal Mouscron in their 4-1 win versus KAS Eupen. Islam Feruz was an unused substitute.

Joao Rodriguez’s whereabouts are unknown, although Wallace showed some signs of life, starting in Gremio’s 1-0 loss to Cruzeiro.

Cristian Cuevas was an unused substitute for STVV against KV Oostende.

Mario Pasalic was on the bench for Milan but was not called upon.

Kenneth Omeruo started as Alanyaspor were humbled 5-0 by Istanbul Basaksehir.