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.
The focus is on three attacking players this week, with one on the scoresheet, one being given a change of role and one continuing to be overlooked by his manager.
Leo Bonatini registered his first goal of his loan spell at Vitoria de Guimaraes last night, scoring midway through the second half in a 3-1 defeat at Sporting Lisbon.
The 25-year-old striker had five shots in total at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, the second most of anyone in the game, and recorded an 87.5% passing success rate on the night. [via WhoScored]
That match saw Bonatini restored to the starting line-up after being an unused substitute against Arsenal in the Europa League three days’ previously – it was just his second league start of the season so far. [via TransferMarkt]
Having been a consistent feature on the left-wing for Fulham so far this season, Ivan Cavaleiro was switched to the opposite flank for the 0-0 draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday. [via TransferMarkt]
The 26-year-old recorded one of the Cottagers’ seven shots at the Riverside Stadium but he was quite careless in possession on the day – nobody else was dispossessed more often than his seven times. [via WhoScored]
It was a 13th league start out of 14 for Cavaleiro, who has four goals and four assists so far in 2019/20. [via TransferMarkt]
Another week has gone by without Bright Enobakhare even getting a look-in among Paul Cook’s matchday squad for Wigan.
The 2-2 draw at Bristol City yesterday was the 10th successive Championship game in which the 21-year-old wasn’t even among the substitutes for the Latics, whose starting strikers haven’t exactly been free-scoring – only Middlesbrough have scored fewer goals in the division than Wigan’s 12.
Indeed, it was against ‘Boro that Enobakhare last made an appearance for Wigan back in the third week of August, his tale of frustration at the DW Stadium continuing.
Bonatini’s first goal at Vitoria de Guimaraes could see him retain his place in the team and, if he can now build on that, he may establish himself as a regular in the side, having yet been unable to do so.
Cavaleiro can be very pleased with his regularity of game-time at Fulham and has now shown to Scott Parker that he can adapt to either flank, which should help to keep him in the team consistently as the manager knows he could do a job on the right as well as the left.
Enobakhare’s complete lack of involvement at Wigan is hugely worrying for him, though, especially when those ahead of him in the pecking order haven’t exactly been terrorising opposition defences so far this season.
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