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 have a look under the microscope of three Leicester City loanees who have featured for their respective clubs over the past week. In recent weeks, we have been forced to focus on Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva and Fousseni Diabate in Ligue 1 due to the fact Rachid Ghezzal and Andy King – the remaining of the first-team loanees – have not been getting any game time.
That has changed slightly this week, with Diabate being dropped at Amiens and Ghezzal now making a few sub appearances; we will be looking at Slimani, Silva and Ghezzal, with Diabate and King not getting a look-in in recent weeks.
Let’s start with our star of the show thus far, Islam Slimani.
Slimani, 31, has been an inspired signing since joining Monaco, managing five goals and eight assists in his opening nine games for the club.
This week, he returned to first-team action after missing out against Saint-Etienne – losing 1-0 – after being injured with a tear in the abductor muscle. His return was muchly needed by Monaco, as he helped contribute an assist as his side overcame Dijon 1-0.
Also joining Slimani playing for Monaco this week was Adrien Silva.
His importance to the side has grown bigger with each match at Stade Louis II, with him putting in a top performance for his side as they beat Dijon 1-0.
It’s been a slow start for Rachid Ghezzal at Fiorentina, with the player still not registering a full game for his club, and only having one start.
On Sunday, his side faced Cagliari away from home, with Ghezzal playing 17 minutes. In form Cagliari absolutely dominated Montella’s side and they got battered 5-2 and the player was unable to make an impact in his time on the pitch, getting given a 6.8 match rating by WhoScored.
It’s been another so-so week for the Foxes’ loanees, with it still just being the Monaco men to really establish themselves within the first-team.
Still, though, Silva and Slimani have made themselves important players in a talented Monaco outfit as they look to save their campaign after previously flirting with relegation, which is good news for Leicester, even though neither of them really look like playing again for the club. Indeed, their top performances should help them get an extra penny when they look to sell permanently.
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