The on-loan list of Leeds United players will grow by two this week, as Laurens de Bock and Yosuke Ideguchi, who were clearly not in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans, were sent abroad. De Bock returns to the Belgian top flight with K. V. Oostende, and Ideguchi joined Greuther Fürth of the German second division with an option to buy.
The 8 players already on-loan with other clubs had a busy week, as many of them played both on Saturday and Tuesday. Without further delay, let’s take a look at how some of Leeds’ top prospects did last week.
Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo
Grot got his first start for VVV against Ajax on Saturday, and it did not go very well for the Dutchman. VVV was out-possessed 28% to 72% in the 1-0 loss, and Jay-Roy had a minimal impact for the losing side. He was stagnant throughout the game, and did not make many threatening runs from his position at left wing. He also was dispossessed multiple times in VVV’s defensive third. Not a great start for the 20-year-old, but he can make up for it when VVV plays FC Utrecht next Sunday.
Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK
This past week, Molde took on Hibernian in Europa League qualification and Stabaek in league play just three days later. Cibicki started both matches, playing 58 minutes in the 3-0 win over Hibernian and 67 in the 3-1 loss to Stabaek. He did not register a goal or assist in either, but will look to help Molde beat Zenit St. Petersburg and Ranheim next week.
Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC
Blackpool drew 0-0 against Shrewsbury, and Paudie O’Connor once again played all 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the 45th minute. On Tuesday O’Connor, came on in the 90th minute in Blackpool’s 2-0 win over Coventry, the first game which he has not started. Blackpool will play at home against Accrington this Saturday, and away at Doncaster for the Carabao Cup.
Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers
Like many other of Leeds’ loanees, Wilks started in two matches last week, a 1-0 loss to Burton Albion, and yet another 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury. His goal streak obviously came to an end, but Wilks still looked very threatening and continues his good run of form. Doncaster will play Portsmouth on Saturday, and the Rovers also have a Carabao Cup match with Blackpool and Paudie O’Connor.
Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United
Denton did not make the 18-man roster in either of Peterborough’s two wins over Luton Town and Charlton this week. Peterborough have now won all four of their league games and will play Plymouth on Saturday.
Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town
Coyle also played 90 minutes in two games, a 2-2 draw against Rochdale and a 5-0 whipping of Scunthorpe on Wednesday. Fleetwood is now in 6th place on goal differential and will play Charlton next.
Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas
Las Palmas began their return to the Segunda Division with a 2-0 win against Reus, and Hadi Sacko started and played 76 minutes. The Malian and his new team get Albacete on the 25th, as they look to continue their solid start.
Liam Kitching - DF, Harrogate Town AFC
Harrogate Town won both of their games 2-0 this week, and Kitching was a big help, scoring against Barnet and playing 90 minutes against both teams. He scored the only goal of all the loaned-out players from Leeds this weekend, and hopefully he can make an impact in the upcoming weekend. Harrogate plays the Solihull Moors on Saturday, then AFC Fylde two days later.
Note - Alex Machuca (FW, Burgos CF), Adrián Balboa (FW, CF Badalona), and Ousama Siddiki (FW, UD Logroñés) all have been loaned to the Spanish 3rd division, and their season begins on Sunday, August 26.