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Chelsea Loan Round-up: Abraham, Palmer in hot form; Rémy returns; new contracts and transfers galore

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With much of Europe on winter break, most of the action over the last two weeks was in England.

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ENGLAND:

Nathan Aké obviously sat out Bournemouth’s Boxing Day clash against Chelsea, but returned to the side and picked up another pair of 90 minutes in a 0-3 win over Swansea and a 3-3 draw against Arsenal. What happened since, you all probably know.

Let’s hope he’s been decommissioned from the Loan Army for good. Welcome home, Nathan!

Upcoming fixtures (one last time): Leicester City (A, January 14)

Patrick Bamford played the last few minutes of Burnley’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City. He has played 33 minutes in the league so far, now let that sink in.

Upcoming fixtures: Southampton (H, January 14)

Loïc Rémy finally made his return from injury, playing the first half of Crystal Palace’s goalless draw against Bolton in the FA Cup.

Upcoming fixtures: West Ham United (A, January 14)

Tammy Abraham played the whole of Bristol City’s losses against Wolves, Ipswich Town, Reading and Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup, thus crossing the 2000-minute mark for the season. These appearances also saw an emphatic return to form for the young striker, as he picked up a brace versus Reading and a goal apiece against Wolves and Ipswich, taking him up to 17 goals in all competitions this season. But Bristol City are in dire straits despite Abraham’s goal-scoring efforts and are only three points above the relegation zone now. City have already signed three players in this transfer window, one of them being striker Milan Đuric from Cesena, meaning more competition for Tammy. Hopefully it’ll only spur him on further!

Upcoming fixtures: Cardiff (H, January 14), Fleetwood Town (A, January 17)

Kasey Palmer started and played 60 minutes each against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest, before playing a full 90 against Port Vale in the FA Cup; Palmer also found the back of the net against Forest and Port Vale. Huddersfield have proved with their recent run that their early season form wasn’t just a one-off, and sit level on points with third-placed Reading, in fourth position (although having played a game less).

Izzy Brown started against Wigan Athletic, Burton Albion and Leeds United for Rotherham before having his loan cut short by Chelsea and joining Palmer at Huddersfield Town, for whom he played an impressive 71 minutes against Port Vale in the aforementioned FA Cup tie. The reason for the switch in clubs was fairly simple, Izzy needed game-time going into the season after a lukewarm spell at Vitesse and Rotherham served its purpose for that quite well. But they were an utterly poor footballing side and Chelsea did the right thing by hauling Brown out of there and putting him under the care of David Wagner at Huddersfield.

In theory, Brown and Palmer will likely compete for minutes in the attacking band of three, although Brown can also be deployed as a striker.

Upcoming fixtures: Sheffield Wednesday (A, January 14)

Lucas Piazon had a cameo appearance against Ipswich Town and started against Brighton and Cardiff City, in the FA Cup. He scored his fourth goal of the season against Brighton, and should have his initial six-month loan extended very soon. Tomáš Kalas remains out injured.

Upcoming fixtures: Barnsley (A, January 14)

Christian Atsu started in a 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest, and had substitute appearances versus Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers. He has now joined up with the Ghanaian national team for the African Cup of Nations.

Charlie Colkett did not make any appearances in the busy winter festive period, and has been recalled from Bristol Rovers. He played well in his appearances there, but the team was rotated and changed shape much too often. He’ll surely be loaned out again by the end of the month at the most.

Jay Dasilva was on the bench for Charlton as they beat Bristol Rovers 4-1, but did not get to make his debut.

Upcoming fixtures: Millwall (H, January 14)

Jordan Houghton started four games for Doncaster, three of them resulting in wins and one in a draw; Rovers now sit atop the League Two table, four points clear of Plymouth Argyle, who have a game in hand. Houghton also signed an extension with Chelsea and had his loan renewed until the end of the season.

Jamal Blackman’s run of clean sheets came to an end against Plymouth on Boxing Day, the game ending in a 3-3 draw and the goalkeeper also sustaining an injury that kept him out until Wycombe’s 2-1 win over Stourbridge in the FA Cup. Blackman also had his loan deal renewed with the Chairboys until the end of the season.

Fun fact: Chelsea faced a Peterborough United side starring on-loan Tottenham goalkeeper, Luke McGee. Now Tottenham will face a Wycombe side (probably) featuring on-loan Chelsea keeper, Blackman!

Alexander Kiwomya picked up starts against Carlisle, Accrington Stanley, Morecambe and Mansfield. Despite the sacking of manager Steve Davis, Kiwomya had his loan deal extended as well.

Alex Davey and Mitchell Beeney did not feature during this period and since neither had his loan deal extended, they’ve now both returned to Chelsea.

Dion Conroy played 90 minutes against Woking (twice) and Southport.

Nathan Baxter has not featured for Met Police since before Christmas. His loan is due to expire on the 15th, perhaps the club will task him to a more challenging assignment for the latter half of the season.

SPAIN:

Jeremie Boga played an hour, as Granada were torn apart by Real Madrid, 5-0. Victorien Angban is currently with the Cote d’Ivoire National Team.

ITALY:

Mario Pasalic played 79 minutes of Milan’s 1-0 win against Cagliari.