There was a lot of loan action this week as league matches kicked off midweek across Europe.
Folarin Balogon He continued to thrive during his loan spell at Reims, making a huge impact from the bench in their 4-2 win over Angers on Wednesday. Balogun went into a 2-2 draw, netted his penalty afterwards, and helped Alexis Flips score another goal – all in just 26 minutes.
In the weekend match, Reims shared points with Lens, but not without another goal from Balogun. Only Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have scored more than the 21-year-old in Ligue 1 this season.
To end a perfect week, one Arsenal legend sent Balogun a quick video message:
while, Nicholas Baby He scored his first goal for Nice in the midweek match against his old club Lille. A penalty kick was awarded in the 29th minute after Pepe was dropped by the goalkeeper, which he quietly turned around, and the match ended 2-1 against Nice. Pepe’s team lost to Monaco at the weekend.
Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Nuno Tavares He played the full 90 minutes in Marseille’s win over Claremont on Wednesday, and his performance earned him the Man of the Match nod. Tavares then appeared as a substitute in the first half in his 2-0 win over Auxerre. Marseille is still in second place in the French league, equal on points with league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
back to England, Ainsley Maitland-Niles He made his debut for Southampton in the 1-0 loss to Southampton at Molineux. His 17-minute cameo off the bench included an 86% successful pass rate.
in the tournament, Brooke Norton Coffee He has already established himself as a key player at Rotherham United, playing full minutes in each of Millers’ two games this week. Seconded Academic Fellow, Charlie Patino He is also close to returning to the Blackpool squad after an ankle injury kept him out for several weeks.
Birmingham City and Auston Trust It was a mixed week: they lost 2-1 to Norwich City on Tuesday, but beat Preston North End to win 1-0 at the weekend. Trusty played a full 90 minutes in both games.
Tyrese John Gol He came as a first-half substitute in Ipswich Town’s 6-0 win over Northampton Town in the Papa John’s Cup. Back in the League One event, John-Jules played for an hour in the Tractor Boys 2-0 win over Accrington Stanley.
Elsewhere in the Papa John’s Cup, More Ojungpo Scored the crucial penalty kick in the penalty shootout at Crawley Town against Portsmouth. Crowley won the penalty shootout 6-5, opening the Cup campaign with three points.
After his recent loan move to National League leaders Chesterfield, Tim Akinola He made his debut as a substitute during their 2-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic.
more in scotland, Ryan Elibeoso Kilmarnock lost to Hibernian away, but in the Premier Sports Cup, Alibiuso played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet. Kilmarnock now advances to the next round. Alex KirkMeanwhile, Ayer played a full game in their 2-1 win over Greenock Morton.
In the Super League, Ronar Alex Ronarson He started his third match in a row with Alanyaspor among the players. They lost 2-0 to Basaksehir Mesut Ozil.
Things wrapped up in the Netherlands, the academy striker Nikolaj Muller He played 45 minutes on the bench as Den Bosch lost 2-1 to Zwolle. Muller was impressed throughout his performance, especially in the air, where he won 7 out of 11 aerial duels.
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