The season couldn’t have gotten better for our loan players in Vitesse Arnhem. Lewis Baker, Matt Miazga and Nathan all started for Vitesse as they defeated AZ Alkmaar 2-0 in the finals of the Dutch Cup. Mukhtar Ali was an unused sub for Vitesse.
On Monday last week, there was also a significant moment for another Chelsea loan player Christian Atsu, who helped Newcastle secure Premier League qualification. He scored the second goal in their 4-1 win over Preston that secured their qualification to the Premier League.
On Tuesday last week, Izzy Brown scored a vital goal for Huddersfield, his fifth of the season for the club to help secure a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which guaranteed the Terriers’ a place in the Championship play-offs.
Tomas Kalas played the whole match and Lucas Piazon came on in the second half in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Brentford, as they edge closer to a Championship play-off spot.
Tammy Abraham did not add to his 26 goals so far this season for Bristol City, but he did help Bristol City secure their Championship survival with a game to spare, by winning 1-0 away at league-leaders Brighton, who brought on Fikayo Tomori as a late substitute.
In the Premier League, Loic Remy featured for the final 20 minutes of Crystal Palace’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Burnley.
Away from England, Michael Hector and Andreas Christensen went head-to-head in the German Cup semi-finals in midweek. After a 1-1 stalemate the game went to penalties, Christensen seeing his effort saved as Hector helped Eintracht Frankfurt to reach the final. Christensen and Borussia Monchengladbach recovered from the cup exit to beat Mainz 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Hector was involved in a 1-0 defeat at Hoffenheim on Sunday.
In Spain, there were relegation woes for two Chelsea youngsters. Victorien Angban played the full 90 minutes with Jeremie Boga coming off the bench in the second half as a 2-1 loss at Real Sociedad sealed their relegation fate from the Spanish La Liga.
In Turkey, Kenneth Omeruo was shown a red card on the stroke of half-time as his team Alanyaspor were beaten 3-0 by Kayserispor. In Belgium, Matej Delac was in goal midweek for Mouscron who drew 2-2 at home with Lokeren.
Back to England, four Chelsea players were involved in Charlton’s 3-0 home success against already relegated Swindon in League One. Jay Dasilva crossed for Charlton’s first goal. Islam Feruz had one ruled out for Swindon for offside. He was joined in their starting line-up by Fankaty Dabo and Charlie Colkett. Jake Clarke-Salter played in Bristol Rovers 4-3 home defeat by Millwall which earned the Londoners a play-off spot.
In League Two, Jamal Blackman made three top-quality saves to keep Wycombe Wanderers in the game after going behind at Morecambe, before Adebayo Akinfenwa equalised in the last minute of normal time to keep Wycombe within touching distance of a League Two play-off spot.