Here is your mid-week round-up of the Chelsea players out on loan who featured in the Champions League, other leagues, and cup competitions.
Starting in Europe’s most prestigious competition, the UEFA Champions League and Malang Sarr was often at the heart of the defence for Porto during their Champions League run thus far. Porto had qualified quite comfortably, even holding Manchester City to a draw which Malang Sarr played and kept a clean sheet. Porto were playing away at Olympiakos where the home side are fighting for third place in the group so they can progress to the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League. Sarr was rested for the game as he was on the bench, however made a brief appearance coming on for Otavio in the 80th minute. Interestingly enough, Chelsea could face Porto in the last 16 which Sarr could feature due to the UEFA rules and regulations about loan players playing against their parent clubs. This happened in the semi-final in 2014, where Courtois was in goal for Atletico Madrid against Chelsea.
Swiftly moving over to the Championship, Jamal Blackman was in goal as Rotherham were away at Vicarage Road against Watford, the hornets won 2-0 as Rotherham drop to 20th, just two points above the relegation zone.
Birmingham were in action on Wednesday where Jake Clarke-Salter has struggled to get some minutes. Last season Clarke-Salter was a formidable figure at the back for Birmingham. He was named on the bench as Birmingham won 2-1 away at Reading.
Marc Guehi didn’t feature for Swansea in their 0-0 draw against Bournemouth. However, a point to note, ex Chelsea academy product Kasey Palmer, who is now at Swansea City, received some minutes off the bench.
Izzy Brown had a brief cameo mid-week coming off the bench again in the 85th minute as struggling Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-0 away at former Premier League side Huddersfield Town. Just to draw another perspective, we all hope Izzy Brown receives some more minutes or starts for Sheffield Wednesday as he’s only getting late substitute appearances at this moment in time.
Moving on and swiftly heading over to the Papa John’s Trophy (was the St Johnson’s paint trophy) and Accrington Stanley beat the Manchester United u21’s 3-2 as Chelsea academy products Tariq Uwakwe played 67 minutes and Nathan Baxter started in goal for Accrington. This ended up being another dreadful night for Manchester United as not only didn’t their u21s get knocked out of a cup competition, their first team were dumped out of the Champions League as well.
Before we move on, briefly in the Papa John’s trophy, Luke McCormick didn’t feature for Bristol Rovers as his side won 2-1 away at Leyton Orient.
That’s your mid-week round up of all the loan players in action.
Written by Callum Cook @callum_wj
Edited by Jai Mcintosh @jjmcintosh5