It has been another hectic week for the Manchester City stars out on loan across the world. This week has seen a number of City players nominated and be awarded with end of season accolades while several continue to shine in their respective leagues.
However, we start in the Premier League where Sunderland became the first team to be relegated to the Championship. Jason Denayer was absent from the match day squad as his side were inevitably relegated after a 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Wilfried Bony has become the subject of transfer speculation this week. The exiled forward who is currently training with Stoke City has been linked with a move to Galatasaray this summer and is expected to be part of an exodus at the club. It is believed that officials from the club will fly to England this week to continue negotiations with City over a permanent deal for the Ivorian forward.
In the Championship, Aaron Mooy was officially named Huddersfield’s Player of the Year. The Aussie midfielder has enjoyed a stellar season with the Terriers and has played an integral part in helping the club achieve a place in the play-offs. Mooy has been involved in 14 goals for the club and this weekend his presence was missed as Huddersfield fell to a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham after manager David Wagner controversially rotated his squad. In the third tier, David Faupala marked his final appearance for already relegated Chesterfield with a second half substitute appearance as he featured in their 3-2 defeat to champions Sheffield United. The Frenchman took to Instagram to thank the Chesterfield supporters during his brief stay with the club. In Scotland, Patrick Roberts continues to impress at Celtic. The young winger was recently nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award after a successful second season with the club. The nomination came after he picked up an assist in Celtic’s 5-1 Old Firm demolition of Rangers. Billy O’Brien also enjoyed a successful weekend as his side too scored five as St Mirren beat relegation threatened Raith Rovers 5-0.
In Holland, the trio of Enes Ünal, Bersant Celina and Yaw Yeboah enjoyed a week off as a result of the Dutch Cup final. In the second tier, NAC Breda kept their play-off hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over FC Oss. Manu Garcia, who was awarded with the ‘Bronze Bull’ for his recent performances, once again started in the heart of midfield alongside James Horsfield, while Thomas Agyepong came on in the second half. Meanwhile, forgotten man at PSV, Oleksandr Zinchenko, was in action for the PSV reserve side as they beat Telstar 1-0. The Ukrainian hot prospect has recently been speaking with the media, admitting that he is unhappy at the club. Zinchenko, who caught the eye of Guardiola in pre-season, is expected to join up with the first-team for their pre-season tour in America before potentially moving out again for a second loan.
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In Spain, Valencia fell to their third consecutive defeat as Eliaquim Mangala’s side came within minutes of an impressive point at the Bernabeu. Voro’s side had worked hard to salvage a late goal through Dani Parejo however Marcelo was there to deliver a much-needed three points for Real Madrid who moved up to 81 points and with a game on hand on Barcelona. Meanwhile, Sevilla’s Champions League hopes were dealt a blow with a damaging 4-2 defeat away at Malaga. Samir Nasri was absent from the match day squad once again. In the second tier, affiliate side Girona picked up a vital 3 points away at Lugo to remain 7 points clear of Getafe and keep them in a strong position for promotion to La Liga. Pablo Maffeo wasn’t in action for Girona due to a suspension. At the other end of the table, Angeliño featured for Mallorca as they beat Sevilla II 3-2 to keep their hopes of remaining in the division alive. Mallorca face a huge tie against relegation rivals Elche on Saturday.
In Italy, Joe Hart’s wait for a cleansheet at Torino has now extended to nearly three months. Torino’s 1-1 draw with Sampdoria marked the England number one’s 16th consecutive competitive league game having conceding a goal and it is very likely that the tally will increase to 17 when they travel down the road to the Juventus Stadium for the Turin derby on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, Olivier Ntcham wasn’t named in the 18 man squad for relegation threatened Genoa’s 2-1 home defeat to Chievo Verona.