In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Achraf Hakimi – Borussia Dortmund
Defender Achraf Hakimi, who is currently on loan with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, is currently flying with the German outfit.
The 20-year-old full-back has scored three goals in his previous two matches for Lucien Favre’s side – once in their league clash against SC Freiburg before the international break and twice against Slavia Prague in the club’s 2-0 win over the Czech Republicans in the Champions League (via Transfermarkt).
Hakimi is playing regularly in Germany, too. The Madrid-born defender has started five league games this term, and appeared off the bench in the remaining two of Dortmund’s Bundesliga fixtures so is progressing well with his temporary employers.
Dani Ceballos – Arsenal
Dani Ceballos is settling in well in north London with Arsenal. The 23-year-old has so far notched two assists for the Gunners in the Premier League and opened his goalscoring account for the club against Standard Liege in the Europa League at the beginning of the month, as per Transfermarkt.
Arsenal face Sheffield United this weekend, and Ceballos will be hopeful of another start where he can continue to prove his worth to the Gunners faithful.
However, there are concerns that he could miss the Blades clash with a hamstring injury suffered during the international break. Ceballos did feature for Spain against Norway, though, which will come as good news to the club, but it remains to be seen whether Unai Emery is happy to start him at Bramall Lane.
Takefusa Kubo – Mallorca
18-year-old Takefusa Kubo is still awaiting his opening goal for Mallorca. The Japan international has only started two league games for his temporary club, however, featuring mostly off of the bench for Vicente Moreno’s side (4 apps, via Transfermarkt).
Kubo has managed one assist so far – during Mallorca’s 4-2 defeat to Getafe in mid-September – so will be eager to build on that when he returns to club action this weekend against his parent club, Real Madrid.
Undoubtedly the most successful of Real Madrid’s current loan stars is Hakimi, who is progressing in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. The young defender is scoring for the German outfit, which will surely be capturing the attention of his parent club back in Spain.
Ceballos has settled in fantastically with Arsenal and looks to be a real prospect for the Gunners this term, one who will play a huge part in their quest to obtaining a top-four finish this time out.
As for Kubo, he needs more opportunities at Mallorca having been limited to just two La Liga starts so far. He is still only 18 years of age, so desperately needs regular game-time to become a success at the Estadi de Son Moix.
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