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.
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.