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Chelsea Loan Round-up: Baker scores winner, Hector sent off on Frankfurt debut; others

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Nathan Ake made his Bournemouth debut, albeit in adverse circumstances from the bench. Presumably brought on to make up the numbers in midfield after Harry Arter was shown a second yellow, Ake stepped onto the pitch in the 79th minute, replacing Jordon Ibe. Michail Antonio scored soon after, though, snatching the victory for West Ham.

Upcoming fixtures: Morecambe (A, EFL Cup) - August 24, Crystal Palace (A, Premier League) - 27 August.

Kasey Palmer, who is probably still a little behind in terms of match fitness due to his hip injury in pre-season, was a 56th minute substitute for Huddersfield Town in a local derby against Barnsley. The Terriers scored a last-gasp winner to make it three wins in three, and sit atop the Championship table.

Upcoming fixtures: Wolverhampton Wanderers (H, Championship), 27 August

Tammy Abraham started for Bristol City, who hosted a Newcastle United side who finally seem to have found their rhythm in the second division. Tammy played 72 minutes, but a solitary Dwight Gayle goal helped Newcastle to a 1-0 win.

Upcoming fixtures: Scunthorpe (A, EFL Cup) - 23 August,  Aston Villa (H, Championship) - 27 August

Izzy Brown made his Rotherham United, chosen by manager Alan Stubbs to start against West London's Brentford. Playing 88 minutes, Brown helped his side to a 1-0 win and also had a clear-cut chance on goal, with which he could unfortunately only hit the post.

Upcoming fixtures: Barnsley (A, Championship) - 27 August

Tomas Kalas once again started in the heart of the Fulham defence, which conceded two, and only managing a 2-2 draw against Cardiff City.

Upcoming fixtures: Middlesbrough (H, EFL Cup) - 24 August, Blackburn Rovers (A, Championship) - 27 August

Alexander Kiwomya continued his fine form for Crewe Alexandra, finding the net in the 16th minute with a sublime, curling finish against Newport County. A late Newport goal meant that Crewe would have to settle for a draw though.

Upcoming fixtures: Blackburn Rovers (A, EFL Cup) - 23 August, Cheltenham Town (A, League Two) - 27 August

Jordan Houghton started for Doncaster Rovers, who won 0-1 against Cheltenham Town.

Upcoming fixtures: Yeovil Town (H, League Two) - 27 August

Jamal Blackman kept a clean sheet for Wycombe Wanderers, as they played out a goalless draw against Blackpool.

Upcoming fixtures: Colchester United (H, League Two) - 27 August

Alex Davey played the whole of Crawley Town’s 1-1 draw against Barnet, but Mitchell Beeney had to make do with the bench once again.

Upcoming fixtures: Notts County (H, League Two) - 27 August


Andreas Christensen remained on the bench as Andre Schubert opted to rotate his side for their DFB Pokal clash against fourth division side SV Drochtersen/Assel. Julian Korb scored the only goal of the game, sending Die Fohlenelf into the next round.

Upcoming fixtures: Bayer Leverkusen (H, Bundesliga) - 27 August

Baba Rahman made his competitive debut for Schalke 04 against sixth tier outfit FC 08 Villingen, playing as a left-winger instead of a left-back. Schalke completed a comfortable 1-4 victory.

Upcoming fixtures: Eintracht Frankfurt (A, Bundesliga) - 27 August

Michael Hector, too, made his competitive debut for Eintracht Frankfurt but his day was one to forget, against 3. Liga side 1. FC Magdeburg. Hector was shown a second yellow 10 minutes into extra time but thankfully, Eintracht prevailed on penalties.

Upcoming fixtures: Schalke 04 (H, Bundesliga) - 27 August


Danilo Pantic was not yet involved for Excelsior.

Upcoming fixtures: Feyenoord (A, Eredivisie) - 27 August

Lewis Baker and Nathan started for the third game in a row as Vitesse won 0-1 against Roda, the only goal coming from Baker himself. Starting in a more attacking role instead of the misfiring Vako Qazaishvili, Baker looked better than he did in previous weeks while Nathan was again average at best, taken off at half-time for highly promising 16-year-old Mitchell van Bergen. You can, of course, read a full match report at From Arnhem with Love.

Upcoming fixtures: FC Utrecht (H, Eredivisie) - 26 August

Bertrand Traore played the whole 90 for Ajax, who looked surprisingly bad against lowly Willem II at home and lost 1-2. For a large part of the game, it looked like a bit of a struggle for Traore to actively be involved in his side’s attacking play but to be fair, the team as a whole lacked cohesiveness, too.

Upcoming fixtures: FC Rostov (A, UEFA Champions League qualification; aggregate score 1-1) - 24 August, Go Ahead Eagles (A, Eredivisie) - 28 August


Jeremie Boga made his bow for Granada, playing the whole of their 1-1 draw against Villarreal. Drifting from left to right and vice versa at the beginning of the game, Boga eventually settled into the number 10 role and thrived in new manager Paco Jemez's poossession-oriented style (Granada ended the game with 67.5% possession).  Boga was heavily involved in his side’s attacking forays and it looks like he will indeed be an important player for Granada this season.

Victorien Angban, having only started training with Granada a week ago, was only on the bench.

Upcoming fixtures: Las Palmas (A, Primera División) - 28 August

Charly Musonda was preferred as a bench option by Gus Poyet as Real Betis took on Barcelona, and was brought on for the last 20 minutes, when the game was already won by the Catalans. The final score was 6-2 to Barcelona.

Upcoming fixtures: Deportivo (H, Primera División) - 26 August


Wallace played the whole of Gremio’s 2-1 loss to Flamengo.

Upcoming fixtures: Atletico Paranaense (A, Serie A) - 24 August

Joao Rodriguez was absent for Santa Fe.

Upcoming fixtures: River Plate (A, Categoria Primera A) - 26 August

Matej Delac was an unused substitute for Royal Mouscron.

Upcoming fixtures: Lokeren (A, Belgian Pro League) - 27 August

Marko Marin may well be the latest addition to the Loan Army, as he has arrived in Greece to complete what is presumed to be a loan deal at Olympiakos.


If you made it this far, you might be interested in a new Loan Watch page maintained by @chelseayouth over at TheChels, which includes a #LoanArmy river of Twitter and a few stats for Chelsea's loan warriors.

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