Kenedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Kurt Zouma are currently enjoying an extended break, as neither of their respective loan clubs were still involved in the FA Cup. There’s still no word on whether Loftus-Cheek requires surgery for his ankle injury, but perhaps no news is good news?
Tammy Abraham started Swansea’s FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday, which ended in a goalless stalemate and Abraham having to limp off in the 67th minute with a knock that might see him miss out on the Swans’ next game, against Tottenham. Tammy’s undergone somewhat of a turbulent time on loan in Wales, with only 7 goals to his name so far and a variety of undesirable circumstances. However, as @chelseayouth puts very well here, this too will prove to be an important part of his development process.
Patchy, affected by injury, a change of manager, poor team form and poor individual form. These are the sorts of experiences he needs to go through and use to develop himself into being ready for Chelsea though.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) February 17, 2018
Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori were all ineligible to play against their parent club, and watched from the stands as Chelsea easily dismantled Hull City, 4-0, at Stamford Bridge.
Jake Clarke-Salter started at left-back for Sunderland in a 2-0 loss against Brentford and was tormented by the Bees’ ex-PSV winger, Florian Jozefzoon during the first half. A pair of half-time substitutions saw a re-shuffle, which meant Clarke-Salter played the latter 45 minutes in central defence, where he fared much better.
Kasey Palmer had to make do with another 10-minute cameo in Derby County’s 2-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday, despite manager Garry Rowett rotating two of his front three from their previous match. However, speaking prior to the game, Rowett said that he deemed it best to be cautious while bedding Palmer in, due to his lack of game-time in the past year.
“I think this season Jonno and Joe Ledley have had more game time than Kasey. I am sure if you asked Kasey he would be desperate to start but I am mindful of how quickly we put him in.
”There is always that balance. If you throw somebody in from the start, load their body physically, you can run the risk of an injury that rules them out for probably the rest of the season. I just want to tread a little bit carefully.
“Kasey has look sharp in training and I think you have seen when he comes on in games he is desperate to make a mark. He has been really bright and he has worked incredibly hard to give us a bit of intensity.”
- Gary Rowett; source: Derby Telegraph
Jeremie Boga played 74 minutes of Birmingham’s 0-1 loss to Millwall, completing an outrageous 9 dribbles out of 9 during his time on the pitch but not finding the end product to match it.
Sheffield United crashed out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 loss to Leicester City, but Jamal Blackman may have just done enough to keep his starting place when Simon Moore returns from suspension, making a couple of important saves to keep his side in the game once more.
Lewis Baker was not involved for Middlesbrough.
Fulham extended their excellent run of form by beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Craven Cottage, making it their 8th win from the last 10 games. Tomas Kalas played the whole 90 and no doubt impressed one of his biggest footballing inspirations, John Terry, who happened to be at the opposite end of the pitch. Lucas Piazon was an 88th minute substitute.
Jay Dasilva was his usual skillful self and played well in a 1-2 win against MK Dons. Charlton’s 1-1 draw against Bradford City on Tuesday was a bit more of a mixed bag for the young left-back though, who was caught out of position for Bradford’s goal but was otherwise his team’s best player on the day. Dasilva was nowhere in the frame when the assisting cross was delivered from the left flank, although a team-mate did have it covered, but unfortunately failing to block it.
Ike Ugbo played both of MK Dons’ losses to Charlton Athletic and Oldham Athletic. Their last win in the league came on New Year’s day, and a change in manager has yet to spark any change in form. Todd Kane, too, started in both of Oxford’s losses, against Rotherham United and Plymouth Argyle.
Bradley Collins started in goal as Forest Green Rovers beat Stevenage 3-1, and drew 1-1 against Morecambe.
Every point is hugely important for Rovers, who are just about managing to keep themselves out of the League Two relegation zone. Collins’ crucial save at 1-1 against Stevenage is just one of the moments that will have hopefully contributed towards making a difference, come the end of the season.
Jordan Houghton lasted through Doncaster’s 4-2 loss to Walsall in midweek, before being confined to the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Fleetwood Town. The first goal of that game happened to be scored by Alexander Kiwomya, someone who’s featured in Loan Reports aplenty in the past — it was his first goal since moving away permanently from Chelsea.
Nathan Baxter had to pick the ball out of the back of the net three times as Woking were beaten 3-2 by Hartlepool United, as did Jared Thompson although his side, Chippenham Town, earned a point more with a 3-3 draw against third-placed Hampton and Richmond.
Charly Musonda Jr. was named among the substitutes for Celtic’s Europa League encounter against Zenit St. Petersburg, but he proved to be the game-changer after a 73rd minute introduction. Charly did excellently to evade multiple Zenit players and lay the ball off to Oliver Ntcham, who set Moussa Dembele free to run down the left flank. Dembele then returned the ball to an onrushing Musonda, who did ever so well to provide a lobbed assist whose quality was matched by the chest control and finish from Callum McGregor. Musonda helped light up Celtic Park, and his side seal a 1-0 win in the first leg.
He then started in the league against St. Johnstone and was more effective than his previous league appearances, showing plenty of enterprise but failing to make anything substantial come of it.
Michy Batshuayi kept the goals coming in midweek, helping Borussia Dortmund come back from 1-2 down to defeat Atalanta 3-2 at the Signal Iduna Park. Michy also started the Battle of the Borussias on Sunday, but had a relatively quiet game and for the first time since joining the club, did not score over the course of 90 minutes. BVB did defeat Thorgan Hazard & Co, 1-0.
Baba Rahman has yet to make Schalke’s match-day squad but the fullback hopes to be back on the pitch in a couple weeks.
Matt Miazga had to miss out due to illness, but Fankaty Dabo and Mason Mount started as Vitesse continued their typical Jekyll-and-Hyde form, beating Feyenoord last week but losing 1-2 to the less glamorous Rotterdam club, Excelsior.
Marco van Ginkel missed yet another match due to a knee problem, which has PSV sweating over his long-term fitness.
Cristian Cuevas played 68 minutes as FC Twente drew 1-1 against Sparta Rotterdam.
Victorien Angban started for Waasland-Beveren in a 2-2 draw against Royal Excel Mouscron.
Kenneth Omeruo started in the heart of defence and helped Kasimpasa upstage the mighty Galatasaray 2-1, at home. Kasimpasa now find themselves comfortably in mid-table, sitting 9th and and six points off Kayerispor in 5th place.
Josimar Quintero remains out with an injury, but could get fit in time to make his first appearance for Betis Deportivo next weekend.
Mario Pasalic was an unused substitute in Spartak Moscow’s 1-3 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.
Danilo Pantic played 90 minutes for Partizan Beograd, who beat Mladost Lucani 1-2.
Joao Rodriguez started both of Tampico’s games this week, playing 71 minutes in a 0-2 win against Albrijes and scoring the second goal in a 4-1 drubbing of Universidad Guadalajara in mid-week.
(streamable via @chelseayouth)