By Scott Taylor
Luis Alberto and Taiwo Awoniyi were both on the scoresheet in a mixed week for the Liverpool players out on loan. Marko Grujic and Allan were on international duty, whilst Lazar Markovic and Lawrence Vigouroux were frustrated by injury. Samed Yesil remained out of the FC Luzern squad, whilst Sergi Canos, Mario Balotelli and Ryan Fulton all got some valuable game time. Here’s this week’s loan watch:
Luis Alberto scored his sixth goal of the season as Deportivo La Cornua beat Levante 2-1 on Saturday. The attacking midfielder had two more efforts in the match, but did pick up a yellow card in the 90th minute. A week before this, Alberto came on as a 59th minute substitute in their 3-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid. He will be looking to add to his six goals and five assists when Deportivo travel to Celta Vigo on 2 April.
Awoniyi scored his first goal for FSV Frankfurt as he scored their 22nd minute opener. in their 2-2 draw against Heidenheim, but was replaced by Felipe Pires in the 84th minute. He was given another start a week before, but failed to make a significant impact in their 3-1 defeat against second-placed Freiburg, as he was replaced in the 66th minute. He will be looking for his second goal when Frankfurt face Nurnberg on 3 April.
Balotelli returned to league action for AC Milan when he came on as a 74th minute substitute in their 1-1 draw with Lazio at the San Siro. The Italian striker was left out of the goalless draw at Chievo but had two efforts blocked in the tie. He will be looking to get a rare start when sixth-placed Milan travel to Atalanta on 3 April.
Grujic was left out of the Red Star Belgrade squad or their 4-0 victory Spartak Subotica in the Serbian Super Liga as he was with the Serbia team. The midfielder, who signed for the Reds in January 2016, will be hoping to play a part when Red Star travel to Novi Pazar in search of their sixth straight win.
Vigouroux missed the Robins’ goalless draw at Coventry on Saturday though injury, and it is unclear whether he will be fit in time for Swindon’s game at home to Wigan on Good Friday. This came after he played the full 90 minutes in Swindon’s 2-2 draw at home to Milwall on 12 March.
Markovic was again unavailable for Fenerbahce as they beat Kayserispor 1-0 on 13 March. Their weekend fixture with Galatasaray was postponed meaning they slipped to second in the league. Markovic will be hoping to be fit when Fenerbahce host Osmanlispor on 3 April.
Allan did not feature for Sint-Truiden in their 1-1 at home to Lokeren as he continues his international duty with Brazil U20s. The midfielder, who has been linked with a loan move to Mainz this week, has featured just six times for the Belgian side this season. He may be available for their crunch tie at Mechelen on 2 April.
Yesil was an unused substitute for FC Luzern in their 1-1 draw at FC Thun, but missed the 2-1 victory over Lugano a week before that. He will be looking to break into the first-team squad on 2 April against Vaduz.
Canos is still searching for his first full game in the Championship after playing 64 minutes in their 3-0 loss at QPR. He set up one chance in the game at Loftus Road, as Brentford dropped to 17th in the table. Canos then came on as a 69th minute substitute in the Bees’ 1-0 defeat at home to Blackburn. The Spain U19 international was involved in two chances in injury time, having one moments after setting up Jake Bidwell.
Finally, Fulton featured for the entire 90 minutes in Portsmouth’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield on Saturday. The Scotland U21 international was then on the end of a 3-0 thrashing at home to Newport a week before, with Fulton being beaten by Darren Jones in the air for the visitors’ opener. He will be hoping for an improved performance when sixth-placed Pompey host Notts County on Good Friday.