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.
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Once you’ve got your breath back from Chelsea’s exploits on the European stage, here are three players working hard away from the madness that occurred on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge, with one player making his first appearances abroad, another scoring his first goal this term, while another starts to string together some decent results in the Championship.
Ethan Ampadu has had to be extremely patient to show RB Leipzig fans what he can do, and finally made his first two substitute appearances for the Bundesliga club as his loan side went goal crazy, netting 14 times across league and cup outings in the past week.
The Wales international came on for his Leipzig debut last Wednesday as Die Roten Bullen routed Wolfsburg 6-1 away from home, picking up a booking towards the end of his 18-minute cameo.
Leipzig then topped that result on home soil, as Ampadu featured for the final 38 minutes of the team’s 8-0 trouncing of Mainz.
After 13 games on the sidelines, at last, Ampadu is off the mark in Germany (though he was back on the bench in the Champions League in midweek).
Brazilian midfielder Kenedy rewarded his manager’s decision to start him away at Celta Vigo by scoring the game’s only goal – his first for the La Liga club.
Playing on the left wing, Kenedy made the most of his opportunity having started every previous league game on the bench.
While the 23-year-old continues to be a starter during Getafe’s Europa League campaign, perhaps his upturn in form will lead to more minutes in La Liga – so watch this space.
Matt Miazga’s Reading are undergoing something of a revival under new manager Mark Bowen, with the Royals going unbeaten for a third successive league game as the American helped to defeat Millwall 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium.
Following their recent results against Preston North End and QPR – with Miazga scoring the winner in the former – Reading’s season is looking a lot less bleak, rising to 19th in the Championship with the 24-year-old at the heart of their impressive form.
Miazga and Reading have another chance to extend their good run when they host fellow strugglers Luton Town this weekend.
It has certainly been a positive week for these three Blues loanees, particularly Ampadu, who has finally been afforded minutes after weeks without the reward of match time.
With all three players’ respective clubs all in relatively good form, the hope will surely be they can translate that to their performances once they become fully-fledged Blues at the end of their loan spells.
Though for now at least, their progress will be a welcome addition to the decent results enjoyed by their parent club recently.
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