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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With various Manchester City loanees injured, out of favour or simply doing little of note, here are three players with something to shout about from the past week during their time away from the Etihad Stadium.
Goalkeeper Zack Steffen, on loan at Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf, kept his second clean sheet in three weeks as his side defeated Cologne last Sunday.
The weekend shutout was Dusseldorf’s second in a row at home, which followed a winless run of six games in the Bundesliga.
Steffen – a £7.2m summer signing from MLS outfit Columbus Crew – could just be showing signs he could be a viable backup option to Ederson upon the conclusion of his loan spell in the summer, with his second impressive display in as many home games.
On-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Tosin Adarabioyo played in his fourth straight Championship match – and played a vital role as his side came from behind to stage a late winning comeback over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park.
Adarabioyo scored a crucial equaliser in the 88th minute – just five minutes after going behind to Jacob Murphy’s goal.
John Buckley’s added-time winner salvaged all three points as Rovers won for the first time since Adarabioyo was reinstalled to the starting lineup in early October.
After enduring a frustrating goalless stalemate at Hillsborough last week, Jack Harrison played a pivotal role in Leeds United’s win over QPR – scoring one and creating another as the Whites continued their promotion charge.
The 22-year-old set up Tyler Roberts for the game’s opener before sealing the points himself after taking advantage of some shoddy QPR defending eight minutes from time.
It means that the winger has directly contributed to five goals within the last five Championship games as the on-loan City man looks to be bang in form at present for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The Championship seems to be a happy hunting ground for Adarabioyo and Harrison, who certainly look to be coming of age in the second tier following their weekend exploits.
Steffen’s recent good form between the sticks for Fortuna Dusseldorf may be something of a relief for the American following a difficult start to the season, but all three individuals can say they have turned a corner in recent weeks, having had quiet periods during their time away from Pep Guardiola’s champions.
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