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Leeds United Loan Round-Up: Week 8

The offense has returned!

Japan v Ghana - International Friendly Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

This week, everyone was back in action after the international break, with a much better offensive performance across the board. This past week, several of the loanees were involved in several dramatic games that came down to the wire. Let’s take a look at how they played this week.

Yosuke Ideguchi - CM, Greuther Fürth

Ideguchi finally made his first start with the Bundesliga 2 side, and he made the most of his opportunity, scoring the second goal in Greuther’s 4-1 domination of Holstein, assisted by a wonderful back-heeled pass from David Atanga. Playing at left-mid in a 4-3-3, at least according to whoscored.com, the Japanese international completed 83% of his passes and had 2 shots. Hopefully his successful debut will lead to more opportunities with his temporary team.

Laurens de Bock - LB, K.V. Oostende

Laurens de Bock started once again and played for 75 minutes, before he was taken out for an offensive option. Ultimately, this strategy worked, as Oostende scored an 87th minute goal to tie Cercle Brugge 1-1. They will travel to Eupen for their upcoming match.

Jay-Roy Grot - FW, VVV-Venlo

Venlo continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 victory over De Graafschap, and Jay-Roy got yet another chance on the wing. After a wonderful match before the break, he failed to make an impact on the match and was taken off after 64 minutes. He did not do much wrong, but he was not the offensive force that he has the potential to be.

Paweł Cibicki - FW, Molde FK

Molde pulled out a solid 3-2 win over Kristiansund, but Paweł did not make the impact that is expected of him. He only had one decent look on goal, and it went like this:

Cibicki gets the ball with no defenders around him, around 7 yards out from the goal. Despite that the ball being slightly behind him and bouncing, this is still a situation where he should be able to score. He is just too close in to miss this chance, and he may have even had enough time to take a controlling touch. Hopefully, he will get more chances like this and improve.

Paudie O’Connor - CB, Blackpool FC

O’Connor has been out of the squad for the last several games now, which may indicate some kind of injury, but there has been no report of anything happening to him. If he is out for performance reasons, then hopefully he can make his way back soon.

Mallik Wilks - FW, Doncaster Rovers

As you may have seen, Mallik Wilks was named to the EFL Team of the Week due to his wonderful performance on Saturday against Walsall. In the Rover’s 4-1 win, he scored the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 and also picked up an assist on the third goal. It was nice to see the 19-year-old return to his goal-scoring form for Doncaster, who are now in 5th place in League One. They face off with 21st-placed Bradford in their match on Saturday.

Eunan O’Kane - CM, Luton Town

We wish a speedy recovery to Eunan O’Kane, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a severe leg injury.

Tyler Denton, LB, Peterborough United

Denton has still not been able to crack the starting lineup for league matches. Peterborough most recently lost a battle of the top two teams in League One, losing to Portsmouth.

Lewie Coyle - RB, Fleetwood Town

Lewie Coyle picked up his second yellow card of the season for Fleetwood, who tied Accrington 1-1 last week. He went the full 90 once again and continues to be a solid presence, helping them to their current position of 8th.

Hadi Sacko - RM, UD Las Palmas

Hadi Sacko did not make the 18-man squad this week for Las Palmas in their 2-1 win against Extremadura.

Liam Kitching - LB, Harrogate Town AFC

Liam Kitching is another outside back who continues to turn in consistent work for his club. He has proven his first few weeks on loan that he is both defensively solid and an offensive threat for Harrogate. The league-leaders beat Maidstone 2-0 this week and will play Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Alex Machuca - FW, Burgos CAM

Machuca started again at the #10 position and played the whole match for Burgos. Unfortunately, his play was not enough as his team lost 1-0 to Guijuelo, but he will have a chance to start a new winning streak on Saturday against Deportivo Fabril.

Adrián Balboa - FW, Terrassa FC

Balboa started on the bench for Terrassa, but came on in the 64th minute when they were down 1-0. With his help, they were able to come back and win it 2-1, thanks to two big goals from Sergi Arranz in the 87th and 89th minutes.

Oriol Rey - CM, UB Conquense

Oriol Rey also came off the bench for Conquense’s match on Saturday, but was unable to make an impact, as Conquense lost 1-0, due to another 90th minute goal by Olot.