Jul 18, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Chelsea FC forward Romelu Lukaku (18) and Seattle Sounders FC defender Zach Scott (20) both jump up to head the ball during the 1st half at CenturyLink Field. Chelsea FC defeated Seattle 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Weekend number two of the loan season is now in the books, and we've got a roundup of all the action for you. We've got a few more debuts to tell you about, and we've even got a bit of video to show you. So let's get to the action, shall we?
- Josh McEachran (Middlesbrough) - Josh played a pair of contests this week, and I'd assume he's now cemented himself as a first choice starter. He was probably the best player on the pitch on Tuesday against Burnley, but Saturday against Crystal Palace was a little dicier affair. His passing in both games was superb, but his defensive work on Saturday left a bit to be desired. He gave away a penalty in this one as well, and came off about ten minutes from the finish. All told though, it was a great first week for the young midfielder.
- Kevin De Bruyne (Werder Bremen) - KDB faced a big test as Bremen opened their season away at Dortmund. De Bruyne was deployed as sort of a false nine in this one, often drifting out to the right wing as well. It was a decent enough showing for the youngster against such quality opposition, but it was definitely a bit of a waste of his abilities. See for yourself:
- Jeffrey Bruma (HSV) - Bruma paired with former Chelsea player Michael Mancienne to start the season for HSV, and the pair played very well on the whole. Despite their solid play, HSV fell to Nurnburg by a 1-0 scoreline. Here's the highlights from this one:
- Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid) - Courtois didn't really have all that busy of a week. He squared off against last years opponents in the Europa League final (Athletic Bilbao), but the big Belgian had very little to do. Bilbao managed seven shots, five of which were off target while the other two were blocked. Sorry I don't have video of Courtois taking a nap, but the game just ended. Oh well, we'll all get a look at him when he starts the
Flint Michigan MegabowlSuper Cup against us on Friday.
Update: I lied about the video...here you go
- Tomas Kalas (Vitesse) - As usual, Kalas played a solid 90 minutes for the dutch side. Vitesse won the contest 2-0 over Willem II, and Kalas will no doubt anchor the center regularly.
- Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse) - Like Kalas, PvA had an excellent 90 in this one. Also like Kalas, PvA looks to be a regular starter in the Vitesse side for this season.
- Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag) - Omeruo rounded out the trio on loan in the Eredivisie, and he also had a victory to celebrate. He slotted in at right back, and played an excellent 90 minutes in Den Haag's 4-2 victory.
- Conor Clifford (Portsmouth) - Clifford officially joined Portsmouth last week and was on the bench for both of their games this week. He went unused on Tuesday, but was introduced with 15 minutes to play on the weekend. He made the most of that cameo, notching his first goal for the club in his time on the pitch.
- Rohan Ince (Yeovil Town) - Ince was still training at Cobham while recovering from his injury, he's expected back with Yeovil this week.
- Archange Nkumu (Yeovil Town) - Nkumu joined Yeovil late in the week, and he was an unused sub for the weekend. This coming week should give us a good indication of what type of role Nkumu may have.
- Ben Gordon (Birmingham City) - Gordon recovered from injury and made his debut this past weekend, but his side got absolutely manhandled by Watford. Gordon was one of the few that didn't look terrible, but he really didn't look all that influential either. Hopefully next week goes a bit better than last for Ben.
- Sam Walker (Bristol Rovers) - Walker was solid in net as Bristol jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the game was abandoned due to lightning. What that means for the club is one thing, but Walker got the competitive minutes anyway and again looked perfectly serviceable.
- Sam Hutchinson (Nottingham Forest) - Hutch came off the bench for Forest in both of his first two matches with the club, and he didn't really have the opportunity to make much of an impact in either. It's not yet clear what Hutchinson's role will eventually be, but hopefully it involves the occasional start for the youngster.
- Ulises Davila (CE Sabadell) - Davila again started for the Spanish second division club, and he was again the club's most dangerous player. Sabadell drew 0-0 this week, but they were definitely the better side on the day.
- Matej Delac (Vitoria SC) - Delac sat the bench for the full 90 as Porto hammered them 4-0.
- Milan Lalkovic (Vitoria SC) - Unfortunately for Milan, he was brought on in the 64th minute of the hammering that Porto handed them. He really wasn't all that impressive in his time on the pitch, but Porto are a vastly superior team to Vitoria and the talent gulf showed. Hopefully Milan fares better as they face lesser competition. Here's the "highlights":
That's it for this week, we'll have another one for you at the conclusion of next weekend's games.