By Scott Taylor
Jordon Ibe was the only bright spark for Liverpool’s loanees this week. Like the first team, it needed a teenager to make the performances look better, and that was no different as the derby forward scored a contender for goal of the weekend in the Championship. Only one loanee played 90 minutes, and that was like always Andre Wisdom.
Andre Wisdom again played the full 90 minutes for West Brom, as they lost 2-0 away at league leaders Chelsea. The full-back played all the game at left-back instead of his usual right-back position. Oussama Assaidi had less luck than the England Under 21 international, as he was an unused substitute in Stoke’s 2-1 shock defeat at home to Burnley. Sebastian Coates was also an unused substitute for Sunderland in their 0-0 draw away at Leicester. He made the squad after returning from a thigh injury which kept him out for large parts of his time so far at Sunderland.
In the Championship, an the unused substitutions continued as Joao Carlos Teixeira did not feature in Brighton’s 3-3 draw away at Norwich City. Jordon Ibe had a more successful day as he played 74 minutes in Derby’s 2-1 win at Watford before being replaced by Simon Dawkins. The England Under 20 winger had two early chances, but made it third time lucky as he opened the scoring for Steve McClaren’s men. He recieved a pass from Johnny Russell and curled a 20 yard effort past Jonathan Bond and into the top corner of the Watford goal.
In Europe, and Tiago Ilori remained on the sidelines for Bordeaux as they suffered a 3-1 defeat away at league leaders Marseille. The better news for the Portuguese youth international is that he has returned to training following a thigh injury. Divock Origi did not feature as Lille didn’t have a game this weekend. They were due to play Evian but for some reason did not play it.
In Spain, Luis Alberto made a late cameo appearance for Malaga as he came on as an 86th minute substitute in their 3-1 defeat to holders Atletico Madrid. The young playmaker did have an effort blocked in injury time though. Iago Aspas came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Sevilla’s 5-1 thrashing at Barcelona, where he replaced Carlos Bacca. Unfortunately, the Spaniard couldn’t make a significant impact in the closing stages of the game,
Finally, Rafa Paez returned from injury as the Spaniard was an unused substitute in Bologna’s 1-1 draw at Spezia.