League play was fully back in action this week, and 10 of Leeds United’s loaned-out players saw time, which is the most for several weeks. They performed better this time around, and two goals were scored, which is always a plus. So far, Jay-Roy Grot and Mallik Wilks have probably been in the best form, but Liam Kitching, Lewie Coyle, and Laurens de Bock have been solid as well. Let’s take a look and see how everyone did this week.
Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo
Grot came on in the 67th minute for Venlo and scored in the 85th minute to help his side defeat ADO Den Haag. He finished the game with 2 shots and 1 key pass, while completing 90% of his passes. Most impressively, he accomplished all of this in just 23 minutes, which summed up another solid match for the young forward.
Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers
Mallik Wilks finally got another goal this week, scoring in the 67th minute during Doncaster’s 3-3 tie with Gillingham. He may have assisted on the Rovers’ first goal as well, but it was difficult to tell, as it came off of a scrum right in front of the net. He played well and got several looks on goal off of headers. Doncaster lost their Tuesday game 1-0 to Sunderland, and Wilks went 89 minutes before he was taken off.
67' Another Coppinger corner is perfectly headed towards the back post by Butler, it is headed back across by Blair into the path of Wilks who powers his header into an empty net. 2-2 #DRFC #DONGIL— Doncaster Rovers FC (@drfc_official) October 20, 2018
Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC
Blackpool won their two games against Scunthorpe and AFC Wimbledon this week, but Paudie O’Connor did not make an appearance.
Laurens de Bock - LB, K.V. Oostende
De Bock finally returned to the starting eleven this week, but Oostende was destroyed 4-0 by Gent. It is nice to see de Bock back after he missed a lot of time with an injury.
Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK
Molde tied Sarpsborg 2-2, ending their run of 4 straight wins. Cibicki started, but was taken out after 68 minutes.
Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood lost a close match with Peterborough, but Lewie Coyle played for the entire game for the 15th time this season. Fleetwood will play Paudie O’Connor and Blackpool on the 27th.
40' | Great through ball from Wallace is almost latched onto by Coyle with the home defence static - the ball just evades him and goes out of play.— Fleetwood Town FC (@ftfc) October 20, 2018
Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United
Denton continued his upward trend of making the game-day squad, but he has still failed to make an appearance in a league match.
Liam Kitching - LB, Harrogate Town AFC
Harrogate played two games with Wrexham for qualification to the FA Cup, but lost on a 2-0 aggregate. Kitching went the full 90 in these matches, and will try to help Town rebound against Dag and Red on Saturday.
Vurnon Anita - CM, Willem II
Anita came on with 16 minutes left for Willem and did absolutely nothing, touching the ball just ten times. Willem eventually tied NAC Breda 2-2, and will play FC Utrecht next.
Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas
Sacko did not make Las Palmas’ squad once again.
Alex Machuca - FW, Burgos CAM
Burgos switched back to their 4-2-3-1 formation this week, but Alex Machuca was on the bench once again. He had a great start to the year, which makes his move to a substitute role even more disappointing.
Adrián Balboa - FW, Terrassa FC
Terrassa switched to a 3-4-3 this week for their match against AE Prat, and, concerningly, Balboa failed to start. If he is unable to become a top three striker for a Spanish 4th division team, then it is almost impossible to ever see him in a Leeds uniform.
Oriol Rey - CM, UB Conquense
Oriol played the full 90 for Conquense, who tied 1-1 with Espanyol’s B team.
Oliver Šarkić - FW, Barakaldo CF
Sarkic came on with 9 minutes left and helped Barakaldo see out a 1-0 victory over Vitoria. Barakaldo now has 20 points through 9 games in Group 2 of the Spanish 3rd tier.
Eunan O’Kane - CM, Luton Town
O’Kane is out for the year with a broken leg.
Yosuke Ideguchi - CM, Greuther Fürth
Ideguchi is out for the year with a partially torn PCL.