It has been a difficult weekend for the Manchester City stars out on loan. While some continue to shine on the British Isles, it is clear that some of the prospects abroad are not finding it so easy. From sending offs, to embarrassing errors in defence, it has certainly been an interesting weekend for the City coaches keeping an eye on the development of their talents across the continent.
Over in Scotland, Patrick Roberts continues to take centre stage for Celtic. The young winger bagged his 9th goal of his 18 month loan in Celtic’s 4-0 victory over Hearts in the SPL. Roberts, who has recently spoken about his future aspirations at Manchester City has been integral in Celtic’s record-breaking 27 match unbeaten run which spans from May 2016. His third goal of the season helped Celtic move 22 points clear of Rangers in a successful debut season for Brendan Rodgers.
In England, we welcomed the return of the Emirates FA Cup which has proven to be a successful weekend, not only for Manchester City but also Aaron Mooy at Huddersfield. The Australian holding midfielder was substituted on in the 69th minute as Huddersfield ran riot at Rochdale and earned their spot in the next round with a 4-0 victory. Mooy, who has arguably been the biggest success story at Huddersfield this season, made an immediate impact as he provided an assist within 3 minutes of stepping on to the pitch for Michael Hefele’s first of the afternoon and later playing a key role in the build up for Hefele’s second. Mooy has hugely impressed in the Championship this season and has attracted interest from Premier League and Championship sides. However, as reported recently, it is believed that Manchester City have rejected a £9m offer for the Australian international with City believed to be considering using him as cover for Fernandinho. Will he break into the first team next season?
Meanwhile, Jason Denayer was in action once again for Sunderland. The versatile Belgian defender was back in his usual position in central defence, however he played in a back three which proved to be successful as Sunderland clung on for a 0-0 draw at home to Spurs in the midweek fixtures. On the other hand, Wilfried Bony returned to the Stoke City bench for their 1-1 draw with Everton. The game marked Bony’s return to Stoke after an unsuccessful campaign with Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations. Last week, Bony was in action in the Group C decider between Ivory Coast and Morocco. Ahead of the match, Ivory Coast needed a victory to ensure qualification, however the holders were sent home after a 1-0 defeat. Bony’s future remains up in the air after an underwhelming opening few months to his loan-spell which has seen him only score one goal for the Potters so far.
Furthermore, it’s been a disappointing weekend for the City trio in La Liga. Samir Nasri featured for Sevilla and provided the assist for former City forward Stevan Jovetic’s. However, the duo were unable to turn around a 3-1 defeat to Osasuna which has seen Sevilla lose ground in the title race in La Liga. Elsewhere, it was a disastrous evening last night for Eliaquim Mangala of Valencia. Las Palmas maintained their unbeaten home record with a 3-1 home win over Valencia with the third goal gifted as a result of a howler from the Manchester City star. It was a calamitous error from Mangala as he completely the missed the header and the ball landed perfectly for former Portsmouth and AC Milan attacking midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, who finished past Diego Alves with ease. A shocking error from the Frenchman which has seen a strong reaction from social media.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH MANGALA?!?!?!
— David Garrido (@SkySportsDavid) January 30, 2017
That’s embarrassing from Mangala..
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) January 30, 2017
Marlos Moreno was also on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline. His side Deportivo La Coruna were defeated 3-1 away at Eibar. Moreno was once again named on the bench and made a cameo appearance as he was substituted on for the final 7 minutes of the game. In Liga Adelante, City’s affiliate side Girona were defeated for the first time since December 11th as they were defeated 1-0 away at Elche with Pablo Maffeo on the bench for the game.
It has also been a competitive weekend for the City contingent in Holland. In the Eredivisie, FC Twente saw out a 2-1 lead against PEC Zwolle with 10 men after City starlet Bersant Celina was sent off in the 50th minute for kicking out. There was more minutes for Enes Ünal who was substituted off in the 82nd minute, however the 19 year is old without a goal since December 17. Yaw Yeboah started on the bench and he was replaced in the line-up by former Liverpool winger Ousamma Assaidi. Also on the bench was Oleksandr Zinchenko, the PSV loanee watching from the sidelines as his side beat Heracles 2-1 away. 20-year-old Dutch winger Bart Ramselaar is currently preferred to Zinchenko as he fully recovers from his injury. In the second tier, NAC Breda picked up a point away at Maastricht. Thomas Agyepong, Manu Garcia and Ashley Smith-Brown all started as NAC Breda continued their promotion push with a last minute equaliser as a result of an own goal.
Finally, it wouldn’t have been Deadline Day without a few deals being finalised at the Etihad Stadium. However, all of the deals were outgoings. Angeliño completed a move to RCD Mallorca, while Frenchman David Faupala, who a few weeks ago had his loan at NAC Breda terminated, has joined Chesterfield and could form a partnership up-front with former City forward Ched Evans. In addition, Jack Byrne has made the move to Wigan on a permanent deal.