With the current Chelsea squad currently struggling for form in the Premier League, Chelsea stars out on loan seem to be finding their feet
Hosting Roda in their first home match of the new campaign, Vitesse Arnham finally found their groove after a problematic few weeks which saw them eliminated from the Europa League by Ronald Koeman’s Southampton. They ran out resounding 3-0 winners with Lewis Baker and Nathan each grabbing their first goals in yellow and black. Baker opened the scoring with a penalty in first-half stoppage time whilst Nathan capped things with a lively cameo from the bench and a lovely curling effort late on.
Fellow Brit and Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown completed a hard-working ninety minutes on the right side of the attack whilst Danilo Pantic was an unused substitute.
Dominic Solanke is still awaiting paperwork clearance before he can debut for the Dutch club but there can be no doubt about how much they will rely on him this season.
Todd Kane is another Chelsea player plying his trade in Holland this season but at NEC Nijmegen. His debut was as a substitute in midweek with victory against Excelsior, and he also saw a little more time on the pitch on Sunday away to Heracles.
In England Nathan Aké joined Watford for the season after signing a new five year contract with Chelsea. He was signed too late on Friday to be able to feature against West Brom, but Marco van Ginkel did start again for Stoke away to Tottenham.
Patrick Bamford made his top-flight bow with ten minutes from the bench in Crystal Palace’s defeat to Arsenal, whilst Christian Atsu at Bournemouth wasn’t in the match day squad to face Liverpool.
Tomas Kalas was impressive for Middlesbrough in a 3-0 hammering of Bolton in the Championship with some Chelsea fans thinking he should be given more of a chance along with Ake in the Chelsea team.
Alex Davey and Jordan Houghton each started a pair of matches for their respective League One sides this week. Davey shone for Peterborough in home wins over Crawley and Colchester, whilst Houghton did similar in a victory at Plymouth and a draw at Port Vale.
Germany’s Bundesliga saw Andreas Christensen thrown in at the deep end on his Borussia Mönchengladbach debut starting away to Borussia Dortmund. It didn’t exactly go to plan as Dortmund tore them to shreds, racking up an emphatic 4-0 win, but Christensen will clearly learn from the experience and be all the stronger for it.
Mario Pašalić was an unused substitute for Monaco in their goalless draw on Friday night against Lille, with the forthcoming Champions League Qualifier against Valencia at the Mestalla tonight (Wednesday) perhaps in mind of their manager.
Early stages of the Coppa Italia in Italy saw Wallace on the bench for Serie A newcomers Carpi as an unused substitute against Livorno. Stipe Perica wasn’t involved for Udinese, however, there is talk of him moving on due to some issues.
Sint-Truiden travelled to defending Belgium league champions KAA Gent on Sunday with a trio of young Blues amongst their number. Victorien Angban started whilst Cristian Cuevas came on in the second half to make his debut for the club, as did Joao Rodriguez a little later on. Rodriguez had a good chance to steal a point in stoppage time but Gent won 1-0.
Uli Dávila played the last five minutes of Vitória FC’s 2-2 draw with Boavista, kicking off his second spell with the Portuguese club.
Matej Delač and FK Sarajevo suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Zrinjski Mostar on Friday night in the Bosnian league while over in Turkey Kenneth Omeruo made his Kasimpasa debut away to Gaziantepspor and helped his new club to an impressive 3-0 win to kick off the Turkish season.