City Loan Watch: Garcia makes Girona debut, Hart & Gunn continue good form, NAC crew enjoy win

As always a mixed bag for City’s loanees and this weekend was no exception!

Looking to build on a solid start to life in La Liga, none of the club’s loanees were in first team action at least with Girona in their third home match of the season against Sevilla. Whilst Pablo Maffeo and Douglas Luiz remained unused substitutes, Larry Kayode and debutant Aleix Garcia did come off the bench but sadly to no avail as Girona slumped to their second defeat of the season. Garcia perhaps produced the chance of the match with a long range effort forcing a magnificent save from Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico and you can expect to see the likes of Douglas Luiz and forgotten man Marlos Moreno feature midweek against Leganes before the club’s first Catalan derby with FC Barcelona.

From España to Escocia and Patrick Roberts had to make do with watching his Celtic side cement their position at the top of the Scottish top tier as an unused substitute during a 4-0 victory over Ross County. In keeping with Celtic, two seems the magic number for City loanee Jason Denayer who made his second appearance at Galatasaray for a grand total of two minutes in a victory that ended… you guessed it, 2-0 over Kasımpaşa. Heading further down the Scottish Premiership table and swapping Glasgow for Edinburgh, Ashley Smith-Brown made debut for Hearts and helped his new club to 2-1 win at Hamilton. And remember Brandon Barker? Well Barker in fact made his third consecutive start for fellow Edinburgh based side Hibernian but was less successful than Smith-Brown as Barker’s Hibernian were held to a 2-2 draw with Motherwell.

With West Ham United beginning to rectify their poor start to the season, Joe Hart recorded his second consecutive clean sheet as the Hammers saw out a 0-0 stalemate away from home against West Brom. Meanwhile from one goalkeeper to another, similarly as Norwich City’s fortunes have improved somewhat in recent weeks, fellow shot stopper Angus Gunn has certainly played his part and kept another clean sheet during a 1-0 away victory against a high flying Sheffield United. Gunn has now made it to four clean sheets in eight appearances for the club and will look to build on his good form between the sticks with another clean sheet in this week’s EFL Cup match away at Brentford.

Keeping in the Championship, a mere stone throw away fellow City loanee Bersant Celina has begun to show his worth with another substitute appearance this time in an eventual 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. Further down the English football pyramid, from victory to defeat neither Rodney Kongolo nor Kean Bryan found themselves on winning sides as Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic respectively slumped to narrow home defeats.

Finally it was three points for NAC Breda, their first win in four games and perhaps down to the five City loanees that featured from the start in a 2-1 victory against Groningen. Angeliño, Pablo Marí and Manu García played the full ninety minutes of what proved a comfortable victory, whilst attacking duo Thomas Agyepong and Thierry Ambrose played just over an hour each before being replaced as NAC Breda adopted a much more defensive end to the game. Elsewhere in Holland, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts was also on a winning side this weekend as FC Twente coasted a 4-0 victory but remained an unused substitute during the convincing victory.

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