It was a weekend of up’s and down’s across Europe for Manchester City’s current crop of loanees. On-loan Angus Gunn not only found himself on the winning side as Norwich came out on top in what was a fiercely contested local derby against Ipswich, the promising shot stopper also kept another clean sheet as The Canaries jumped into sixth place. On the cusp of a playoff position, all signs at present however would suggest that fellow goalkeeping loanee Joe Hart and his West Ham side could be heading in the opposite direction after a disappointing defeat at the hands of Premier League new boys Brighton. A difficult defeat at the hands of Brighton was further compounded by the many fingers being pointed at England’s number one with Hart arguably at fault for not preventing Brighton’s second goal in an eventual 3-0 victory at the London Stadium.
Meanwhile in Scotland, two of the club’s most promising young wingers came up against each other as Brandon Barker‘s Hibernian slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Patrick Roberts‘ Celtic side – a victory which guided Roberts’ side to the Scottish League Cup final. With a chance of silverware at stake, Roberts played just over an hour whilst Barker, despite lasting the full ninety minutes, was unable to inspire his side to an unlikely victory over an ever imperious Celtic. In keeping with Scotland, Aaron Nemane came off the bench to feature for thirty minutes for loan side Rangers but it was Motherwell who reigned supreme and secured a 2-0 victory over Nemane’s side to join Celtic in the final.
In Holland it was all eyes on Manchester City loanees as NAC Breda went up against Zwolle in the Dutch first tier. Whilst Pablo Marí captained Breda, the likes of Thierry Ambrose, Paolo Fernandes and Manu Garcia also featured alongside Marí but sadly found themselves on the losing side as Zwolle ran out as victors in a 2-0 victory. NAC Breda currently find themselves sitting in 16th place after a run of three consecutive defeats has confined the club to standing only a mere point above relegation at the very bottom of the Eredivisie. Another side teetering on the edge of relegation is Girona who after six games without a top flight victory called upon Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia and Larry Kayode to start their Monday night game away in Coruña. Douglas Luiz also featured off the bench in a much needed 2-1 win for Girona, with Kayode assisting Portu’s winning goal.
Away from Girona and there were further clean sheets for City loanees, both elsewhere in Spain and in Turkey. Whilst Yaw Yeboah’s appearance for Real Oviedo came from the bench, Jason Denayer in Turkey started only his second league game for Galatasaray with the former on the winning side with a 2-0 victory over Córdoba and the latter earning a deserved clean sheet through a goalless draw with Fenerbahçe. On the flip side and from clean sheets to goal fests back on home soil, Kean Bryan enjoyed an eight goal thriller during his eleventh appearance for loan side Oldham Athletic as our North West neighbours drew 4-4 with MK Dons. Elsewhere in League One, Rodney Kongolo had a much worse day at the office as his side Doncaster slipped to a 3-0 defeat against Walsall with Kongolo having to make do with an appearance from the substitute’s bench.