The loaned-out players continued to struggle to see the field this week, as only six players made their team’s starting eleven. This trend has continued throughout the year, and it shows no sign of changing anytime soon. On the bright side, the depth at outside back has been impressive, which is even more important now that Luke Ayling has been injured. Let’s take a look at what happened this past week.
Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo
Venlo was one of the two Eredivisie teams that did not have a match this week.
Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers
Wilks came on as a substitute again this week, but he was unable to influence Doncaster’s 2-0 loss to Charlton. The Rovers have now lost three straight.
Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC
Blackpool lost on Saturday and won on Tuesday, but O’Connor did not make the squad in either of the two games.
Laurens de Bock - LB, K.V. Oostende
De Bock helped Oostende to a 2-1 win over Sporting Charleroi last Friday. The Belgian left back has quietly been solid this season when he hasn’t been injured.
Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK
Cibicki came on in the 74th minute and helped seal the deal for Molde by scoring in the 90th minute to make it 4-2.
The 24-year-old got a great ball into space on the right wing, and he was able to find the back of the net for his third goal of the season. Cibicki is now tied with Mallik Wilks for the most goals by a Leeds loanee.
Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town
Once again, Lewie Coyle played a full 90 minutes while picking up his 4th yellow card. He has now played in 17 straight games and has become a major part of Fleetwood’s season.
Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United
Tyler Denton played for the third straight game for Peterborough; this time, he went for 79 minutes before he was taken off for an offensive sub. Peterborough are currently sitting in third place, with 33 points.
Liam Kitching - LB, Harrogate Town AFC
Another outside back who has been in good form this season, Liam Kitching also went the distance in Harrogate’s 1-1 draw with Chesterfield. After starting off the season hot, the North Yorkshire club now sits in fourth place with 37 points. Kitching has shown the most offensive potential of the four outside backs who are on-loan and even got a personal visit from Marcelo Bielsa on Halloween.
Vurnon Anita - CM, Willem II
Anita started as one of Willem’s three central midfielders, but he did not do much, as Ajax utterly dominated the game and eventually won 2-0.
Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas
Sacko was on the bench but did not appear for the Spanish side.
Alex Machuca - FW, Burgos CAM
Machuca came on in the 70th minute and registered a shot. In Fernando Estevez’s first game as manager, Burgos managed a 1-1 draw with Athletico Madrid’s B team.
Adrián Balboa - FW, Terrassa FC
Terrassa played on Thursday and Sunday, and the Spanish 4th division team was able to pick up four points. Unfortunately, Balboa did not see time in either game.
Oriol Rey - CM, UB Conquense
Oriol Rey played a full 90 minutes in Conquense’s 2-1 win against Teruel.
Oliver Šarkić - FW, Barakaldo CF
Sarkic did not play, and Barakaldo lost 2-0 to Sporting Gijon II.
Eunan O’Kane - CM, Luton Town
O’Kane is out for the year with a broken leg.
Yosuke Ideguchi - CM, Greuther Fürth
Ideguchi is also out for the year with a partially torn PCL.