Sheik Mohamed Fankaty Dabo, Sparta Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Den Bosch (W, 2-0, 23), TOP Oss (D, 0-0, 44), Go Ahead Eagles (D, 2-2, 90), Cambuur (W, 3-0, 90), Roda JC (D, 1-1, 42)
To say that Fank Dabo, Vitesse’s starting right-back for most of last season, is now in and out of the side at a team in the tier below, implies quite a fall from grace. On a tangent, he’s played alongside former Real Madrid and Everton player, Royston Drenthe. Who’d have thunk?
Kyle Michael Scott, Telstar (Eerste Divisie)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Twente (L, 1-3, 66), TOP Oss (W, 1-0, 61), Jong Ajax (L, 3-0, 84), Helmond Sport (W, 1-2, 84), NEC Nijmegen (L, 0-3, 90), Go Ahead Eagles (W, 2-1, 82)
Speaking of falls from grace, Kyle Scott has had a bit of one as well. Reportedly wanted by Reading last summer before having his move vetoed by Antonio Conte, he’s now playing for a mid-table Eerste Divisie side in Telstar. The only consolation to this situation is that he’s starting regularly. Kyle has scored two goals in his 10 appearances this season, with one apiece in the last two months. They came against Go Ahead Eagles and Helmond Sport.
Scott was selected in the most recent team of the week, after his goal-marked 82 minutes against Go Ahead Eagles.
Het Elftal van de Week van speelronde 12 | gebaseerd op gedetailleerde statistieken van Opta per linie (aanval, middenveld, verdediging en keeper). Lars Veldwijk voor de tweede keer op rij verkozen in het sterrenelftal! Wie vond jij deze week de beste? #elftalvandeweek pic.twitter.com/CB8eP2BKBk— Keuken Kampioen Divisie (@1e_Divisie) November 6, 2018
Jake-Liam Clarke-Salter & Eduardo dos Reis Carvalho, Vitesse Arnhem (Eredivisie)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): PEC Zwolle (W, 0-2, 90), ADO Den Haag (D, 1-1, 90), Feyenoord (L, 2-1, 90), Heracles (W, 4-0, 90), Excelsior (L, 2-0, 46 & 90), Fortuna Sittard (W, 2-1, 90), PSV (L, 1-0, 90)
Clarke-Salter and Eduardo have been ever-present at the back for Leonid Slutsky’s Vitesse this season, and been generally solid. The Chelsea affiliates won only a single game in August, but henceforth began winning the games they were expected to, save for a shock loss to Excelsior. A curious set of rumors linking Slutsky to taking over at Sporting Lisbon appeared in the recent past but were dispelled by the man himself, in rather comical fashion.
This is what Jake had to say after a heroic defensive display in Vitesse’s unfortunate, yet hard-fought loss against PSV which saw them reduced to 10 men after only 14 minutes.
“We have offered great resistance. But with that, the frustration is only growing. We should have earned a result here.
“One moment of negligence (cost us the goal). It is equally miscommunication between me and Eduardo, and also the quality of (Luuk) De Jong. A top striker often scores from scratch. All compliments to him, but I am very disappointed.
“Three (different defensive partners) in a row is a fact, but I can play well together with them all.
“I found the red card harsh. Lozano comes out on the side, and I could have closed that gap. But we had to go with ten men. In the end I am also proud of our performance with ten men. We have defended very well. But losing is still painful.“
- Jake Clarke-Salter; source: Gelderlander
After poor spells at Bristol Rovers and Sunderland, Clarke-Salter is going through a well-earned resurgence in his young career. He captained the England Under-21 side in the previous international break and is going from strength to strength in the Netherlands. He wasn’t personally name-checked by John Terry for no reason, after all.
Bekanty Victorien Angban, FC Metz (Ligue 2)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Beziers (W, 1-3, 90), Paris (L, 2-1, 90), Le Havre (L, 0-1, 90), Sochaux (W, 1-2, 90), Auxerre (L, 0-1, 44), Amiens (L, 1-2, 90)
Angban has been a regular for the Ligue 2 table-toppers, and spoke about life at his fourth different loan club to Le Republicain Lorrain.
“The level is very high here. It suits me well as in Metz, we have a real playground. This system wanted by the coach, everyone respects. It’s nice. ”
”I feel very comfortable in this team. I am very happy to be here. I get on well with everyone, the coach, the players. From the first training, I quickly said that we were going to do beautiful things. And this is the case, even if we go through a moment a little more delicate with these two defeats in a row in Paris and against Le Havre.”
”At present, there is some doubt, but we continue to work to fix our mistakes. Thanks to the videos that the coach offers us, we can see our flaws and that’s what we work on in training. It’s important to move forward and do better in the next match. ”
- Victorien Angban; source: Le Republicain Lorrain
His manager, Frédéric Antonetti, also gave his take on the youngster and acknowledged his abundance of natural ability whilst also indicating that there is a lot of room for improvement.
“He has a lot of natural qualities, that’s true. It is now necessary that he becomes more mature, that he takes a little more responsibility in the game to take steps. He has great potential, but he must understand that there are also requirements in the very high level, in the recovery of the ball, in not playing too easy.”
- Frédéric Antonetti; source: Le Republicain Lorrain
Matthew Miazga, FC Nantes (Ligue 1)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Reims (D, 0-0, 90), Lille (L, 2-1, 90), Nice (L, 1-2, 90), Olympique Lyonnais (D, 1-1, 90), Bordeaux (L, 3-0, 90), Vannes (for Nantes II, W, 2-1, 90)
Matt Miazga seemed to be continuing his upward trajectory in European football, starting the season as one of the first names on the team-sheet for Nantes. A win-less run and managerial appointment later, he now finds himself frozen out of the first-team, having been excluded from Nantes’ last five games. Miguel Cardoso, who lasted only four months in charge of the side, was replaced by Vahid Halilhodžić who has managed to spur them on to four straight wins without requiring Miazga’s services. It’s largely expected that the center-back will be sent back to Chelsea in January, as there appears to be no way back for him under Halilhodžić. Things can change very quickly in football, especially when you’re a loan player.
Michy Batshuayi-Atunga, Valencia (La Liga)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Celta de Vigo (D, 1-1, 83), Levante (D, 2-2, 22), Barcelona (D, 1-1, 90), Girona (L, 0-1, 13), Ebro (W, 1-2, 44), Juventus (L, 0-2, 70), Manchester United (D, 0-0, 73), BSC Young Boys (D, 1-1, 90)
The Batsman’s goals haven’t been flowing as freely as they did during his loan spell at Dortmund, although Valencia themselves haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders this season. In fact, none of Valencia’s four strikers have scored more than two goals this season. They sit in an abject 15th place after 11 games played and are struggling in the Champions League as well, although they’ve faced formidable opponent
s in the form of Juventus and Manchester United.
Batshuayi’s two goals for Valencia have come against Young Boys in the Champions League, and Celta Vigo in La Liga.
(both videos via @chelseayouth)
Kenneth Josiah Omeruo , CD Leganes (La Liga)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Rayo Vallecano (W, 1-0, 61), Valencia (D, 1-1, 70), Levante (L, 2-0, 90), Atletico Madrid (D, 1-1, 90), Rayo Vallecano (D, 2-2, 90)
Work Permit issues prevented Omeruo from hitting the ground running at Leganes and he’s had to be patient before earning his chance to shine. An injury to Unai Bustinza against Rayo Vallecano on October 4 saw Omeruo make his La Liga debut and ever since, he’s started all their league games. Having finally made the step up from the Turkish Super Lig after three years, here’s his chance to make good on the promise he showed all those years ago playing for ADO Den Haag and subsequently, Nigeria in the 2014 World Cup.
Joao Leandro Rodríguez González, CD Tenerife (La Liga 2)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): CD Lugo (D, 0-0, 31), Real Zaragoza (D, 1-1, 18), Alcorcón (W, 3-2, 75), CD Numancia (L, 2-0, 14)
Rodriguez is yet to be much more than a rotation option for Tenerife.
Josimar Aldair Quintero, Lleida Esportiu (Segunda Division B - Grupo III)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): CF Badalona (D, 1-1, 14)
Tiemoué Bakayoko, AC Milan (Serie A)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): F91 Dudelange (W, 0-1, 90), Olympiacos (W, 3-1, 90), Real Betis (L, 1-2, 45), Cagliari (D, 1-1, 24), Atalanta (D, 2-2, 15), Empoli (D, 1-1, 11), Inter Milan (L, 1-0, 6), Genoa (W, 2-1, 90), Udinese (W, 0-1, 90)
Bakayoko’s abysmal start to the season has been well-documented, but he has begun to impress manager Genaro Gattuso now. The central midfielder played 90 minutes in Milan’s last two league games (due to a number of injuries among the midfield ranks), both of which they won, and is hopefully on his way back to the form he displayed at Monaco, two years ago.
His words before the 0-1 win against Udinese on Sunday were full of positivity.
It’s a game we have to win, a very important match for us.”
“We saw that Lazio won against SPAL this afternoon and it’s fundamental for us to remain in the Champions League zone. We’ve won the last two and now really need three points.”
“I feel better now and know I can put in stronger performances. I must remain concentrated and make an impact in midfield. I know the Coach has faith in me.”
- Tiemoue Bakayoko; Milan TV via football-italia.net
Mario Pašalić, Atalanta (Serie A)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): SPAL (L, 2-0, 15), AC Milan (D, 2-2, 45), Torino (D, 0-0, 18), Fiorentina (L, 2-0, 90), Sampdoria (L, 0-1, 57), Chievo Verona (W, 1-5, 30), Parma (W, 3-0, 7), Bologna (W, 1-2, 8)
Pasalic has made an appearance in every Atalanta league game this season but of the last eight, only three have come from the start, of which he was hauled off at half-time in one. Nevertheless, he’s received a call-up to the Croatian National Team for the upcoming international break.
Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa Aina, Torino (Serie A)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Udinese (D, 1-1, 15), Napoli (L, 1-3, 77), Atalanta (D, 0-0, 90), Chievo Verona (W, 0-1, 90), Frosinone (W, 3-2, 65), Fiorentina (D, 1-1, 90), Sampdoria (W, 1-4, 90)
Sometimes a little turn of luck is all a player needs to establish himself in a squad, and that struck for Ola Aina when successive injuries to Lorenzo Di Silvestri and Alex Berenguer meant that he played 60+ minutes on either flank as a wing-back in his first two Torino matches, as a substitute. These two appearances were against Inter Milan and Roma, no less, and he was impressive, proceeding to earn many more minutes from Walter Mazzari, who has expressed his liking for the versatile on-loan defender.
It mustn’t have been easy to make the step up from an absolutely terrible Hull City side in the Championship to a team challenging for European football in the Serie A but Aina has wholly embraced the challenge. Registering minutes in all but one of Torino’s matches this season, he’s been deployed almost equally on either side of the pitch although a majority of his starts have been at left wing-back. Aina assisted a goal in Torino’s 1-4 win against Sampdoria on Sunday, after which reports emerged claiming that Torino were preparing a January bid to make his move permanent.
Baba Abdul Rahman, Schalke 04
Baba Rahman has simply failed to establish himself at Schalke this season, falling behind Hamza Mendyl and Alessandro Schopf in the pecking order for left wing-back. Even with Mendyl out till early next month due to an ankle injury, Baba has failed to make Schalke’s match-day squads.
Danilo Pantic, Partizan Beograd (Serbian SuperLiga)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Proleter (W, 0-1, 90), Rad (W, 1-0, 90), Red Star (D, 1-1, 90), Radnicki Nis (D, 2-2, 90), Vozdovac (W, 4-0, 90), Spartak (D, 0-0, 90), Cukaricki (D, 1-1, 73), FK Zemun (W, 0-2, 77)
Partizan’s rivals, the Liverpool-conquering Red Star Belgrade lead the Serbian SuperLiga by some distance but Danilo Pantic’s loan club aren’t doing too badly themselves. They sit third, with Pantic involved when fit. His last direct contributions towards goals were in in a draw against Radnicki Nis, and the following 4-0 mauling of Vozdovac.
Ruben Alexander Michael Sammut, Falkirk (Scottish Championship)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Dunfermline Athletic (L, 0-2, 23), Morton (L, 1-0, 90), Queen of the South (L, 2-0, 90), Ross County (D, 1-1, 7), Ayr United (L, 0-1, 16)
Sammut has only started a third of the league games he’s been involved in thus far, which is disappointing to say the least. However, half of his starts have come in the last 21 days, which might be cause for optimism.
Kylian Hazard, Cercle Brugge (Jupiler Pro League)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): KFCO Beerschot (L, 1-2, 28), RSC Anderlecht (L, 4-2, 29), KV Kortrijk (D, 1-1, 72), KAS Eupen (L, 2-0, 16), Mouscron (W, 2-1, 90)
Kylian had to wait until the end of September to make his debut for Cercle Brugge, which he did with a cameo appearance in the Beker van Belgie. Ever since, he’s been involved in four out of six league games, starting two and scoring in their last match - a 2-1 win against Royal Excel Mouscron. Hopefully he can make a name for himself in the Belgian top flight this season, as his brother, Thorgan, did as a Chelsea player with Zulte Waregem.
Nathan Allan de Souza, Atletico Mineiro (Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A)
Appearances (result, scoreline, minutes): Sport Recife (W, 5-2, 16), America-MG (D, 0-0, 11)
Nathan had a run of four starts in August but since, has made only two appearances from the bench.