By Scott Taylor
Only eight of the eleven Liverpool loanees were in action this week, but in spite of this, there was plenty of action in the games. In those eight games, there were six Liverpool loanees, with two being unused substitutes. One of the three players who was not available this week were Andre Wisdom, who was ineligible to face parent club Liverpool, but will be available for selection in next Monday’s game with Manchester United. The next player was Sebastian Coates who is currently out for 4-6 weeks with a thigh injury he sustained in training. Then, Under 21s youngster Rafael Paez is also injured and there is no return date given meaning he will miss games in the foreseeable future for Bologna.
Despite injuries affecting some loan players, eight players were in action over the weekend for their respective loan sides. Oussama Assaidi came on as a 17th minute substitute for Stoke City in their 3-1 defeat with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. The Moroccan winger set up Stephen N’Zonzi in the 56th minute before having a chance of his own in the 87th minute. He was booked just past the hour mark for a foul on Stephen Fletcher. Assaidi is now pole position to fill in for Victor Moses, and he will be hoping to impress with they host Swansea on Sunday 19th October.
Jordon Ibe was another winger that was booked this weekend. He picked up a yellow card for simulation in Derby’s 0-0 draw with Milwall. The 18-year-old set up chances for Craig Forsyth and John Eustace either side of having a chance of his own. Since then, Ibe has withdrawn for the England Under 20 squad due to injury. Ibe will now miss Derby’s trip to relegation threatened Blackpool.
From one player picking up an injury to one player just returning from injury and Brad Smith was an unused substitute for Swindon Town in their 2-1 victory over struggling Leyton Orient in League One. He should be back in the side for Swindon’s trip to Plymouth in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday night. Another unused substitute for their loan side was creative midfielder Luis Alberto, who could only watch on as his Malaga side beat Granada 2-1 on Saturday. 22-year-old Alberto should return for when Malaga travel to newly promoted Cordoba on Saturday night.
Joao Teixeira, another creative midfielder on loan was the only Liverpool loanee to play the full 90 minutes as he helped Brighton pick up a point away at Watford. Teixeira linked up well with team-mate Chris O’Grady and the Portuguese youth international set up O’Grady three times with one of those being the chance that lead to Brighton’s equaliser. This was all after O’Grady started their link-up play with a cross for Teixeira, who headed it past the right hand post. Brighton next face play-off contenders Middlesbrough, and Teixeira will need to be in good form again in Brighton stand any chance of getting a result.
Divock Origi is also used to creating chances, but the Lille forward only played 45 minutes and had two chances late on, of which one was blocked and the other missed the target. Origi’s Lille next face Caen in the league, and Origi will be hoping that his side’s rotation policy continues and the Belgian will have the chance to start. Staying in Ligue 1, and Tiago Ilori started for Bordeaux but only managed 27 minutes in their defeat with Reims as he limped off with a hamstring injury. It has been confirmed that Ilori will miss at least a month with Bordeaux.
Finally, Iago Aspas came on as a 79th minute substitute and has two shots blocked in his brief cameo for his loan side. Sevilla will be looking to carry on their early season success when they travel to struggling Elche.