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.
This week we take a look at three of Leicester City’s loanees, who are all currently playing their football in Ligue 1. Islam Slimani and Adrien Silva are currently on loan at Monaco and Fousseni Diabate is currently at Amiens. Both Andy King and Rachid Ghezzal are also currently on loan at Rangers and Fiorentina respectively but have really struggled to get any game time, therefore, we shall concentrate on the first three names mentioned.
Not many could have predicted such an incredible start for Islam Slimani at Monaco, with the forward having another immense week for his side.
He has been comfortably their best player according to WhoScored, with a mammoth average rating of 8.04/10 from his first seven matches.
On the weekend, he added another goal and assist to his tally in a 3-2 win over Rennes at the Stade Louis II.
He scored a match rating of 8.1 for his important performance – just 0.6 better than his average rating for the whole season, showing just how impressive he has been.
Slimani has now scored five, assisted seven, to take his goal contribution tally to 12 from just seven games.
Adrien Silva played 90 minutes on Sunday as his side managed to nick a last-minute win versus Rennes.
His performance was far from the best in his squad on the day, managing just a 6.3/10 despite his side winning the match.
Silva has featured in eight league games this season out of a maximum 10, starting four and coming on in four, but hasn’t been able to perform particularly well with an average rating of 6.45.
Diabate hasn’t been a regular in the starting 11 since joining Amiens, however, he has been utilised as an impact player for the club.
The French winger featured for 24 minutes in his side’s 1-1 draw away at Nimes on the weekend.
Diabate wasn’t able to make a massive direct impact – having a WhoScored rating of 6.2 – though he was on the pitch when Arturo Calabresi managed to rescue a point in the 97th minute.
There’s been a pattern to these loan watches: everyone but Sliamani is struggling to establish themselves while he is having a better start than he could have wished for.
With the player at 31, and Leicester performing so well, it is hard to see them still having an interest in Slimani. In fact, just recently there have been reports (Sky Sports) that Monaco want to make the transfer permanent, and he could move for £7.8m – roughly a quarter of the £29m Leicester paid for him.
The others still have a long way to go before convincing their loaned clubs to either take them permanently, or interest Leicester into wanting them back in their squad.
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