As usual, it was an eventful weekend for Chelsea’s loan army as they all showed their quality for their respective clubs.
In the Championship, Tammy Abraham returned from injury for his first Bristol City appearance in nearly a month. The forward played the entire 90 minutes as the Robins recorded a vital 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Wigan.
Tomas Kalas and Christian Atsu played for their respective clubs as Fulham and Newcastle battled each other. The Cottagers came away from St James’ Park with a 3-1 win over leaders Newcastle. Christian Atsu started for the Magpies and provided the assist for Daryl Murphy’s goal.
Championship Player of the Month nominee Izzy Brown came on at half-time for Huddersfield in a 1-0 win at Brentford, a result which keeps the Terriers in touch with the top two.
In League One this weekend, Jake Clarke-Salter came off the bench for Bristol Rovers, having been ruled out since November through injury, as the Gas beat Southend 2-0. Charlie Colkett lined up in midfield for Swindon in a 3-2 defeat at Port Vale.
In League Two, Alex Kiwomya started for Crewe who were beaten 2-1 by Newport County. In the National League, Nathan Baxter was in goal for Solihull Moors who drew 3-3 with Braintree.
Jamal Blackman made a late and very good penalty save that preserved a goalless draw for Wycombe against Blackpool. The point keeps the League Two side in battle for promotion and was incredibly his third penalty save against Blackpool this season.
In the Europa League on Thursday, Bertrand Traore started in Ajax’s 2-1 defeat at FC Copenhagen. Traore then played the first hour of Ajax’s 3-0 home win over Twente.
Lewis Baker, Matt Miazga and Nathan all started for Vitesse in a 5-0 win over Sparta Rotterdam on Friday night, with Mukhtar Ali coming off the bench.
Andreas Christensen was on target at the right end of the pitch in Germany this weekend, opening the scoring midway through the first half for Borussia Moenchengladbach at Hamburg, but the home side responded strongly and ran out 2-1 winners.
Mario Pasalic started for AC Milan in a midfield that earned praise for a solid performance away at Juventus, but a late penalty meant a 2-1 defeat for AC Milan.
Kenneth Omeruo was also in action on Friday for Turkish Super Lig side Alanyaspor, and the defender netted an own goal in a 3-2 defeat against Fenerbahce.