This week, Leeds United once again announced two new players who will spend the season on loan: Caleb Ekuban and Oriol Rey. Ekuban joins Trabzonspor of the Turkish top flight on a year-long deal with an option to buy. It will be interesting to see how much time Ekuban earns, as Trabzonspor is a very good team in a talented league. Oriol Rey will try his hand with Spanish Segunda Division side UB Conquense, as he tries to prove that he was worth his recent 2-year deal with Leeds. Now let’s look at how the loanees did this week.
Yosuke Ideguchi - CM, Greuther Fürth
The Japanese midfielder did not feature in Greuther’s 18-man squad during their 2-2 draw against Paderborn. They will play Guisburg on August 1.
Laurens de Bock - LB, K.V. Oostende
De Bock also did not make the Oostende’s squad for their 3-1 win against Zult-Waregem. They play St. Truiden on the 1st.
Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo
Grot got another start at left-wing for VVV and disappointed again, being taken off at halftime. He had 0 shots, 0 dribbles and was only 6/9 in his passing during Venlo’s 1-1 draw with FC Utrecht. Hopefully he can turn around his poor run of form when VVV plays SC Heerenveen this Saturday.
Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK
Molde lost 2-3 to Ranheim last weekend, but Cibicki did play for a full 90 minutes. He will be looking to start again when Molde plays Odds Ballklubb on Sunday.
Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC
On Saturday, O’Connor once again played 90 minutes at center back in Blackpool’s 1-1 draw against Accrington. Then, three days later, the Irishman played another 90 minutes in Blackpool’s Carabao Cup win over Mallik Wilks and Doncaster. Blackpool has Walsall for a league game on Saturday and a Johnstones Paint Trophy match against Macclesfield later in the week.
Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers
Wilks played 72 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Portsmouth this weekend, but got a day of rest for their Carabao Cup loss to Blackpool and Paudie O’Connor. Doncaster plays League One leaders Peterborough next and will play an “EJPT” match against Newcastle Academy on September 4.
Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United
Once again, Tyler Denton was not featured in Peterborough’s 5-1 domination of Plymouth. Peterborough, with 5 straight wins, have been dominating all of their competition so far in League One, but Denton has not been able to break into the 18-man roster yet. They will look to stay perfect against Mallik Wilks and Doncaster Saturday.
Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town
Coyle played in one of Fleetwood’s two games this week: a 0-0 draw with Charlton and a tough 4-0 loss to Leicester in the Carabao Cup (though Fleetwood played reserves). He went the full 90 against Charlton and likely will get a 6th start against Bradford this Saturday.
Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas
In Las Palmas’ 1-1 draw with Albacete, Hadi Sacko was subbed on in the 68th minute for Wolverhampton loanee Rafa Mir. UD Palmas gets Real Zaragoza on Saturday for their third match of the year.
Liam Kitching - DF, Harrogate Town AFC
Liam Kitching scored for the second match in a row when Harrogate beat the Solihull Moors 3-1 on Saturday. He then got another start just two days later in another league match against Fylde, which ended up as another draw.
Alex Machuca - FW, Burgos CF
Machuca started in Burgos’ first game of the year, playing 81 minutes as the CAM. Burgos pulled out a 2-0 win and will play Union Adarve on Saturday.
Adrián Balboa - FW, Terrassa FC
Earlier loan round-ups incorrectly stated that Balboa was on loan at Badalona, but Leeds announced just 6 days ago that he would be joining Terrassa just before the Spanish 3rd tier’s season began. Having just arrived, he did not make the squad for their 0-0 draw with CE L’Hosiptalet.