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.
Chelsea may have fallen to their second Premier League defeat of the season, but there were plenty of opportunities for Blues players to impress while away on loan – though these three players may also be hoping for better weekends – despite none of them ending up on losing sides.
Here, we review a hard-earned clean sheet, a cameo appearance and another week on the sidelines from this Chelsea trio…
Tiemoue Bakayoko continued his loan spell at former club Monaco, helping the struggling Ligue 1 side to a goalless draw away at Reims, which leaves the club inside the relegation zone and still without a win this season.
The Frenchman, who recorded an assist in their narrow 4-3 defeat to Marseille last week, played a full 90 minutes as the 2016/17 champions drew for the third time in four games.
The 25-year-old midfielder will be looking to help the club secure their first win in Ligue 1 at the seventh time of asking when they take on Nice in midweek.
Midfielder Kenedy was in Europa League action for Getafe last Thursday, but was only afforded minimal action against RCD Mallorca, in a game his temporary side won 4-2.
The Brazilian featured from the start against Trabzonspor as Getafe edged the Turkish outfit by a single goal in midweek, picking up a yellow card in the process.
Getafe rose to 11th in the La Liga table following what was their first league win of the campaign.
Ethan Ampadu’s RB Leipzig may have secured maximum points in their 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen last weekend, but the Welsh international played no part, having yet to make his Bundesliga debut.
Ampadu made the matchday squad for a third successive game in the German top flight, but has not been called up from the bench during his short time at the club that finished third in last year’s standings.
However, perhaps it is a case of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ for Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, whose side currently top the rankings after five games played.
While results mostly went their way this weekend, there were certainly areas for improvement in terms of the trio’s respective weekends.
All three players’ clubs come away from the weekend with points, but, particularly in the cases of Ampadu and Kenedy, a lack of game time will surely not be what they were hoping for as they seek regular football away from Stamford Bridge.
However, it is early days, and plenty of time to make an impression – and with the European competitions kicking in last week, further opportunities are surely only just around the corner.
Chelsea fans, can you see any of these players returning to the Chelsea side in the future? Let us know in the comments below!
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