Tammy Abraham scored two goals in the space of six minutes in Bristol City’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday two weeks ago.
This kid is a joke.— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) September 13, 2016
He also sent an inch-perfect through ball to release a teammate in the penalty area which saw former Chelsea youngster Sam Hutchinson commit a last-man challenge and receive a red card. It was not Tammy who took the penalty though; Lee Tomlin’s effort could only find the upright. It was all downhill for City after that as they conceded three goals to ultimately lose the game 3-2.
Two more goals tonight ⚽️ gutted with the result... We'll bounce back. Thank you all for the messages ❤️— Tammy abraham (@tammyabraham) September 13, 2016
He started but was unable to score the following Saturday, when his side had to dig deep to find a last-minute winner via Aaron Wilbraham against Derby County.
Next up was a double-header against Fulham, first in the EFL Cup, then in the league as well. Tammy scored in both games, coming on as a substitute to clinch the winner in the final minutes of the game in the Cup, and opening the scoring in their comprehensive 4-0 beating of the Cottagers over the weekend. In doing so, the 18-year-old hit double-digits in goals scored! Here are all ten of them.
Tammy did a brief interview with Goal and a slightly more comprehensive one with the Guardian during the week, both of which are great reads, the latter also providing some interesting facts regarding provisions for Chelsea’s vast loan army.
Upcoming fixtures: Leeds United (H, September 24), Nottingham Forest (H, October 1)
Kasey Palmer was an 83rd minute substitute in Huddersfield Town’s first loss of the season, against Brighton and Hove Albion two weeks ago.
He was handed his second league start of the season against QPR last weekend, rewarding the manager's decision by opening the scoring in the 14th minute with a fine header. Palmer is yet to last the whole 90 minutes but made an improvement on his previous start when he played only 57 minutes. This time, he was replaced by Dean Whitehead in the 86th minute.
Elias Kachunga added a second goal for the Terriers in the 62nd minute and the game ended in a 2-1 victory, sending Town back to the top of the table.
David Wagner had some good things to say about Kasey during the week leading up to the match, acknowledging his "unbelievably good skills" and claiming he was very happy to have the youngster in his squad. He reiterated the same in his post-match interview.
Here's Kasey's post-match interview.
Great team performance today, Buzzing to get on the scoresheet aswell! Fans unreal as usual ⚪️ ⚪️— Kasey (@Kasey_Palmer10) September 17, 2016
Kasey started this weekend as well, against Reading, but was collateral damage to winger Rajiv van la Parra’s early sending off: he was withdrawn in the 28th minute for Harry Bunn. Jaap Stam’s impressive Reading side prevailed thanks to a Roy Beerens strike, which meant that the Terriers were toppled off the top position by Norwich City.
Upcoming fixtures: Rotherham United (H, 27 September), Ipswich Town (A, 1 October)
After a lukewarm loan in the Eredivisie last season with Vitesse, Rotherham United's Izzy Brown is another Chelsea loanee who has hit the ground running in the Championship this season.
Brown played as a second striker in midweek two weeks ago, and assisted his side’s first goal against Nottingham Forest; the game ended 2-2 and Izzy was named Rotherham’s man of the match.
Here are manager Alan Stubbs's happy post-match comments.
AS on Brown| "When he first came we were chasing our tails a little bit in terms of fitness. It's no coincidence that he looks fitter now."— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) September 16, 2016
AS on Brown| "His performance the other night was why we brought him to the club. His ability is not in question."— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) September 16, 2016
AS on Brown| "I'm really pleased with the way he's performing. I think there's plenty more to come and we've scratched the surface."— Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) September 16, 2016
Izzy also played the whole 90 the following Saturday against Blackburn Rovers and assisted the first goal of the game yet again, but Rotherham fell to a 4-2 loss.
This weekend he opened the scoring versus Cardiff City in the 60th minute, but a Rickie Lambert double sentenced the Millers to yet another loss. Rotherham may be one of the worst teams in the division, but Brown's at least doing well individually.
Upcoming fixtures: Huddersfield (A, September 27), Newcastle (H, October 1)
Tomas Kalas started in Fulham’s 1-1 and 0-0 draws against Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic respectively, and Lucas Piazon was an unused substitute in both.
Kalas missed the following two games versus Bristol City due to injury; Piazon started the cup game and scored but was resigned back to the bench for the league tie.
Upcoming fixtures: Nottingham Forest(A, September 27), QPR (H, October 1)
Christian Atsu replaced Yoann Gouffran in the 61st minute of Newcastle’s 6-0 thrashing of QPR. His shot led to the Magpies’ fifth goal and he almost added a seventh himself but was denied by the woodwork.
Atsu was then brought on for Matt Ritchie last Saturday in the 63rd minute with Newcastle 2-0 down to Wolverhampton Wanderers, but couldn’t help his side salvage any points from the encounter. The winger got his standard minutes off the bench against Wolves in the EFL Cup as well, but was an unused substitute in the following game against Aston Villa.
Upcoming fixtures: Norwich City (H, September 28), Rotherham (A, October 1)
Charlie Colkett made another late cameo for Bristol Rovers but a far more effective one, coming on in the 78th minute and scoring a late equaliser against Bradford City two weeks ago, marking his first goal in senior professional football!
Here are the Rovers’ manager, Darrell Clarke’s words on Charlie after the game:
"He’s made a massive impact in the last three games he’s come on in, we’re bedding him in slowly it’s a lot different for a young player. He’s only a baby, so to speak in footballing terms but he’s a great lad with great ability and he’s pushing for that start, he’s desperate to start games. We’ll make sure we look after him and he keeps having the impact that he does. He’s going to be fantastic for us."
Colkett was understandably happy as well.
Buzzing to get my first Leauge goal ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/8TqyOVTiOz— Charlie Colkett (@OfficialColkz) September 17, 2016
Charlie was then a 62nd minute substitute in a 2-1 victory over Swindon Town, but didn’t any minutes against Port Vale.
Chelsea's second loanee at Bristol Rovers, Jake Clarke-Salter, after finally building enough match fitness from Chelsea Development Squad games, has joined up with the Rovers. Here's his first interview!
Upcoming fixtures: Sheffield United (A, September 27), Northampton (A, October 1)
Nathan Ake presumably missed out on Bournemouth’s match-day squad two weeks ago because he wasn’t fully fit after the international break; he returned to the 18 the following weekend, though he could only watch as his team were dismantled by Manchester City.
As one might’ve expected, Ake did start (at center-back, frustratingly) in the EFL Cup and was one of the ten changes to the regular eleven. The entirely new-look line-up didn’t quite work out for Bournemouth, who crashed out in extra time 3-2 to Preston.
He was against an unused substitute against Everton.
Upcoming fixtures: Watford (A, October 1)
Patrick Bamford was yet again called off the bench, in the 79th minute as Burnley trailed 3-0 to the champions, Leicester City. He didn’t see any minutes against Watford though, despite the absence of Andre Gray.
Upcoming fixtures: Arsenal (H, October 2)
Kenedy made his debut for Watford with a relatively positive 15-minute cameo (compared to his teammates’ abject standards on the day), as Walter Mazzarri’s side were beaten 2-0 by Burnley this weekend.
Upcoming fixtures: Bournemouth (H, October 1)
Alexander Kiwomya played 90 minutes for Crewe, as they beat Grimsby Town 2-0, although there were some worrying signs on the injury front for the winger afterwards.
Dislocated my shoulder, had to go hospital to get it put back in, ligament damage will know more on Monday. Gutted— Alexander Kiwomya (@Golden_Kiwomya) September 17, 2016
A scan revealed a bit of good news, but he's expected to be out for some time yet.
Good news no surgery so working on getting strength and movement back in it ! https://t.co/sBkVCZ8xun— Alexander Kiwomya (@Golden_Kiwomya) September 26, 2016
Jordan Houghton continued his run of starts for Doncaster Rovers in their 2-0 victory over Newport County, as well as the 3-1 loss to Luton Town.
Jamal Blackman kept his third clean sheet for Wycombe Wanderers, as they beat Stevenage 1-0, and also started in a 0-1 loss to Carlisle.
Mitchell Beeney was not involved for Crawley, while Alex Davey was an 87th minute substitute for former Blue Billy Clifford as they beat Luton 2-0. Davey made another cameo the following weekend, this time in the 78th, in a 3-1 win over Morecambe.
Dion Conroy was handed his first start for Aldershot in their 1-1 draw against Southport, and was a 78th minute substitute in a 3-0 win over Gateshead.
Nathan Baxter started in Met Police’s 2-1 loss to Eastbourne Borough.
Andreas Christensen endured a harrowing experience in Manchester two weeks ago, as his team were completely outplayed by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. It was definitely one of the many learning experiences Christensen is bound to have in the Champions League, although judging him on the basis of just one game versus a team such as Guardiola’s City would be far from wise.
Fellow Dane, Jannik Vestergaard slotted into defence the following Saturday against Werder Bremen as Christensen was pushed into midfield. A brace from Raffael and Thorgan Hazard each saw Gladbach run out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Christensen started the subsequent two games as well, a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig and a 2-0 win against Ingolstadt.
Upcoming fixtures: Barcelona (H, September 28), Schalke 04 (A, October 2)
Michael Hector did not immediately slot back into the Eintracht Frankfurt starting eleven after serving his latest suspension, but got around 10 minutes in a 2-0 victory over FC Ingolstadt. He was again named to the bench against Hertha Berlin but replaced the injured David Abraham in the 31st minute. He was at fault for Vedad Ibisevic’s goal but scored a last-minute equaliser himself with a fine header, saving a point for his side as the game ended 3-3.
Upcoming fixtures: Freiburg (A, October 1)
Baba Rahman started Schalke’s Europa League fixture against OGC Nice at left-back and scored the game’s only goal. Things seem to be going well for the Ghanaian, who looks to have beaten off competition from Sead Kolasinac to lock down the starting left-back spot. He also started Schalke’s next three games: three losses to Hertha BSC, FC Koln and Hoffenheim.
Upcoming fixtures: RB Salzburg (H, September 29), Borussia M’Gladbach (H, October 2)
Charly Musonda wasn’t given an immediate starting spot this season by new Betis manager Gus Poyet, but after two more substitute appearances coming against Granada and and Sevilla (54 minutes and 21 minutes respectively), he was finally in the starting lineup against Malaga. He assisted the only goal of the game, helping his side to only their second win of the season.
Upcoming fixtures: Real Sociedad (A, September 30)
Jeremie Boga, despite looking like one of Granada’s better performers in his three starts, fell a victim to Paco Jemez’s compulsive rotation policy in the wake of a very poor start to the season. Since his last start, Boga only has 11 substitute minutes to his name, which came against Bilbao last weekend.
Victorien Angban, on the other hand, made his debut for Granada and also went on to start his first game for the team, playing 34 minutes against Betis and 79 against Bilbao. He was an unused substitute against Alaves on Monday, though.
Upcoming fixtures: Leganes (H, October 1)
Vitesse completed an easy 2-0 victory against lowly Go Ahead Eagles last weekend with Lewis Baker and Nathan starting, and Matt Miazga an unused substitute. Baker scored the second goal of that game, whose match report you can find at From Arnhem with Love.
Baker also played the whole 90 in Vitesse’s cup tie against De Dijk and opened the scoring, in what proved to be a 7-2 victory for his side. Matt Miazga also made his debut for the club; he replaced Arnold Kruiswijk for the last twenty minutes.
Baker kept his scoring streak alive with an absolute scorcher from distance. Miazga got some minutes in this one as well, replacing Maikel van der Werff in the 64th minute.
Upcoming fixtures: Groningen (H, October 1)
Bertrand Traore broke his duck for Ajax, first scoring against Panathinaikos in the Europa League, then against PEC Zwolle this weekend. He started both of those games, as well as the 2-0 victory over Heracles Almelo, but didn’t feature in Ajax’s KNVB Beker clash.
Upcoming fixtures: Standard Liege (H, September 29), FC Utrecht (H, October 2)
Danilo Pantic made 44 and 32 minute cameos against Willem II and PSV respectively in the league, and played the whole of Excelsior’s cup game. In doing so, he already surpassed his total minutes tally at Vitesse last season, which can only be a good thing.
Upcoming fixtures: Go Ahead Eagles (A, October 1)
Mario Pasalic is yet to make his AC Milan debut.
Matej Delac started for Mouscron last weekend but wasn’t in the squad for this weekend’s game against Club Brugge. Islam Feruz had no involvement in either game. Feruz did, however start in the Beker van Belgie, although he was hauled off at half-time.
Cristian Cuevas started for STVV versus Gent and Waasland-Beveren in the league.
Wallace did not make a single appearance for Gremio, nor did Jhoao Rodriguez for Santa Fe.
Kenneth Omeruo started both of Alanyaspor’s previous two weekend games.