Nathan Ake, as was hoped, started Watford's 1-0 FA Cup victory over Nottingham Forest. The Hornets will face Leeds United in the next round. Ake will be unavailable for his side's next game, as it comes against Chelsea but he should slot right (erm, left) back in when Watford travel to Tottenham on Saturday.
Marco van Ginkel was brought on in extra time of Stoke's Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool. The game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, in which Liverpool emerged victorious, but Van Ginkel successfully converted his penalty and narrowly missed out on etching his name in Stoke folklore, choosing not to go to ground in the box and hitting the post during normal play.
He then started, and played the entirety of their FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace.
On Transfer Deadline Day, Van Ginkel switched to PSV Eindhoven, his already irregular minutes at Stoke threatened by the Potters' record signing of Giannelli Imbula from FC Porto. Marco has suffered spells of unfortunate mediocrity following his ACL injury in 2013 and hopefully will turn a corner in his return to the Eredivisie.
There is no buy-option built into the loan, but the midfielder did not rule out the possibility of staying at PSV beyond his current loan period.
Victor Moses played 70 minutes in his return to former loan destination, Liverpool, with West Ham United in the FA Cup. The sides played out a goalless stalemate.
Patrick Bamford will try his luck in the Premier League once more, signing for Norwich City till the end of the season. Good luck, Patrick!
Lucas Piazon was an unused substitute in Reading's 4-0 thrashing of Walsall but Michael Hector was called on early in the game, replacing the injured Aaron Tshibola in the 10th minute.
John Swift played 88 minutes in Brentford's 1-1 draw against Leeds United in the Championship. Some of you might be pleased to know that in the same game, ex-Chelsea youth star, Joshua McEachran completed his first-ever 90 minutes for the Bees. Swifty spoke to the media after the game, and backed McEachran to become one of the best midfielders in the Championship with regular game-time.
Alex Kiwomya started Fleetwood Town's 2-1 loss to Bradford City, and was taken off in the 90th minute.
Mitchell Beeney started Newport County's 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient, and their 2-1 victory over Morecambe. Here's a random, nice save from Beeney.
Todd Kane started for NEC Nijmegen in midweek as they won 2-0 over FC Twente. However, he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the game, and was thus suspended for their following match against AZ Alkmaar, which resulted in a 3-0 loss. Even with the loss, these are exciting times at Nijmegen, as overachieving NEC side sit in fifth place, only two points behind the fumbling Feyenoord.
Vitesse Arnhem are clearly struggling to cope up with the loss of former manager Peter Bosz, with only one win in the five games played since his departure. Most recently, they played out two successive draws against PEC Zwolle (1-1) and Exelcisor (0-0). Manager Rob Maas continues to persist with Sheran Yeini in midfield over Lewis Baker, and hence the youngster played only ten minutes over the two games. Izzy Brown played the whole 90 over Exelcisor and 80 minutes against Zwolle, while Dominic Solanke played 67 and 60 minutes respectively.
With the recent loan of Nigerian striker, Abiola Dauda to Hearts, Dom is now the sole out-and-out striker remaining at Vitesse. Nathan made his return from injury, replacing Solanke in the 60th minute aganist Exelcisor. Danilo Pantic was an unused substitute against Zwolle, and didn't feature in the squad against Exelcisor, amongst rumours of interest from Portugese sides Belenenses and Benfica, to sign the player on loan. Last known reports indicated that the player was set to complete a switch to Portugal, but no official announcement has been made yet.
Borussia Monchengladbach lost their second game on the bounce, this time stumbling against FSV Mainz, 1-0. Andreas Christensen started, partnering for the first time with winter acquisition Martin Hinteregger in defence.
Papy Djilobodji, on the other hand, continued to help Werder Bremen turn around their season, as they drew 3-3 against Hertha Berlin. He even displayed his free-kick prowess in the game, coming quite close to scoring!
His manager was also full of praise for him after the game.
Great fighting spirit boys!!— Papy Djilobodji (@papydjilo15) January 30, 2016
We never gave up and gave it all on the field.
1st home game was great, fans were incredible!! #Werder
Let's not forget #WerderFact.
Christian Atsu and Charly Musonda joined Malaga and Real Betis respectively, becoming this season's first loanees in Spain.
Atsu was on the Malaga bench against Eibar, but was not called upon.
Juan Cuadrado started and played all 90 minutes of Juventus' comfortable Coppa Italia win against Inter Milan, but watched their subsequent 4-0 bludgeoning of Chievo in the league from the bench.
Nathaniel Chalobah and Stipe Perica were unused substitutes for Napoli and Udinese respectively. Chalobah tweeted in appreciation of the heartfelt gesture of a minute's silence at the San Paolo Stadium, in honour of the midfielder's late mother.
Mario Pasalic played close to 15 minutes of Monaco's 3-0 loss to Angers, while Jeremie Boga was brought on after 71 minutes for Rennes, who lost 4-0 to Bordeaux.
Cristian Cuevas played 87 minutes of STVV's 2-1 loss to Anderlecht, and Victorien Angban started his second consecutive game after a lengthy injury layoff, only to have himself sent off in the last minute of the game. Angban was dismissed after a horrific tackle on Steven Defour and received a staggering six-game ban for his actions. Prior to the game, there was even reported interest from Standard Liege in signing the youngster.
UPDATE: After some amount of confusion regarding the actual ban itself, Angban has been charged with a two match ban and a fine of 600 euros.
Joao Rodriguez is still out, injured.
Cristian Manea went back to being an unused substitute for Royal Mouscron.
Marko Marin started in Trabzonspor's 2-0 loss against Gaziantepspor, but made only a substitute appearance (brought on in the 67th minute) against Akhisar Belediyespor.
Wallace started Gremio's first game of the Gauchao, which resulted in them beating Brasil de Pelotas 3-1. Coach Roger Machado praised the loanee after the game for his quick understanding of the way the side play.