I’ve kept you waiting again, I apologise. But like fine wine, the Loan Report only gets better the longer you leave it.
Eleven Reds were in action this weekend with only two missing out through injury. A further 3 were not involved despite being fit for selection.
Lets start with the bad.
Marko Grujić and Connor Randall continue their recoveries from injuries and therefore were not fit for selection.
Shamal George was again an unused sub for Tranmere, he must have his own personal spot on the bench by now.
Anderson Arroyo wasn’t selected for Gents matchday squad although it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Ben Woodburn now can’t even make the bench for Sheffield United, a loan move that once looked so promising is now turning into a bit of a disaster.
Back to Gent and the fortunes of Taiwo Awoniyi who did make the match day squad.
Awoniyi started up top as Gent took on league leaders Genk, and it was a performance to forget as the hosts lost 5-1! He was subbed off after 55 minutes. Things are not quite clicking for the young man yet this season.
After starting for Rangers in their midweek Europa League victory, Ryan Kent continued his good form with a MOTM display as Steven Gerrard’s team took on leaders of the SPL Hearts.
Rangers took an early lead and dominated throughout eventually winning the match 3-1. Kent capped his performance with a goal finishing off a well worked free kick routine.
Ovie Ejaria also featured in both Rangers victories dominating the midfield. He played the full 90 minutes in the Europa League but was subbed off after 70 at the weekend.
Loris Karius had a week to forget as he made another high profile error on the European stage. A cross from the right that should’ve been a routine catch slipped through his fingers and into the back of the net. Besiktas went on to lose the game 2-0. At the weekend he was better but it was an anxious display as Besiktas drew 2-2 with Konyaspor.
Allan made his second start for Eintracht at the weekend but it was not as memorable as his first. Struggling to make an impact on the game and on a booking Allan was hooked at half time in a tactical switch. Eintracht went on to beat Hoffenheim 2-1.
Sheyi Ojo currently finds himself in the impact sub role and that continued this weekend. He came on late in the game as Reims drew 0-0 with Nimes on Sunday.
Danny Ings didn’t have the greatest game as Southampton lost 3-0 to Chelsea at the weekend. It was a lively performance from the Liverpool loanee but he should have had a brace as he wasted two easy chances throughout the 90 minutes. The first came at 0-0 somehow spooning the ball over the bar from 4 yards! Ings is nothing if not resilient and I am sure he will be back to best in no time.
Harry Wilson came off the bench as Derby drew 1-1 with QPR on Saturday.
Adam Bogdan continues to impress in Scotland as he kept his fourth successive clean sheet for Hibs. They beat Hamilton 6-0 on Sunday, albeit he had very little to do.
Doncaster lost 4-0 to Fleetwood at the weekend despite the best efforts of Herbie Kane.
Kane picked up the Doncaster fans’ MOTM award for his efforts.
Corey Whelan played the full 90 as Crewe lost 1-0 to league leaders Lincoln.