Loan report- Akpom makes Forest debut; Jenkinson struggles; Ryo features

Chuba Akpom made his Nottingham Forest debut on Friday, with the England U20 international playing the whole game as his team were beaten 2-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Akpom endeared himself to the Forest fans with his work-rate and enthusiasm, with the youngster sending a header over the crossbar after he did well to win a free-kick. However, Akpom’s performance was overshadowed by that of another Hale End graduate, Benik Afobe, who continued his tremendous goalscoring form with an excellent strike.

Akpom, still searching for his first professional goal, should be involved against Brentford tomorrow.

Carl Jenkinson had a difficult afternoon as West Ham United were beaten 2-1 by Leicester City.

On the same day that his right-back rival Hector Bellerin further enhanced his reputation with an impressive performance against Liverpool, Jenkinson made several errors as Sam Allardyce’s side fell to defeat at the King Power Stadium.

Jenkinson gave away a penalty with a late challenge on Leonardo Ulloa and received a yellow card as punishment, but the defender was thankful that Adrian managed to save David Nugent’s spot-kick.

Later in the game Jenkinson was presented with a goalscoring opportunity but directed his header straight at Kasper Schmeichel.

Wellington played the whole game on the left wing and was booked as Almeria lost 4-1 to Levante, one of his former loan sides.

Lukas Podolski was introduced as a substitute in the 76th minute of Inter Milan’s 1-1 draw with struggling Parma. Inter manager Roberto Mancini ordered his players in for extra training today following the disappointing performance.

Emiliano Martinez couldn’t prevent Rotherham United from losing 2-1 to Birmingham City. The Argentinean goalkeeper was beaten by efforts from Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson, with the latter finding the net after Martinez punched the ball out unconvincingly. Martinez is expected to feature again when his temporary side face Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow.

With Martinez out on loan and Wojciech Szczesny struggling with a rib injury, U21 goalkeeper Matt Macey was named on the bench yesterday for Arsenal’s Premier League game with Liverpool.

Jack Jebb played 66 minutes as he marked his return to Stevenage with a convincing showing during their 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers. The midfielder came to close to scoring with a shot from just outside the penalty area.

Ryo started on the left wing and played the whole game as Twente were thrashed 5-0 by PSV.

Joel Campbell started on the left wing and played 64 minutes as Villarreal took on Valencia.

Josh Vickers played the whole game as Concord Rangers’ unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat to Eastbourne Borough.

Yaya Sanogo could feature when Crystal Palace face Manchester City tomorrow night.

Jon Toral was an un-used substitute as Brentford beat Fulham 4-1.

Semi Ajayi wasn’t involved as Cardiff City drew 1-1 with Reading, suggesting that the centre-back is likely to feature for The Bluebirds’ U21 side during his time at the club.



  1. Seems like this is one of the few matches in which Jenko hasn’t impressed, overall I think he’s been one of the best RBs of the season. I think it would be unfair to suddenly elevate Bellerin over him this quickly. He does have more EPL experience and is a three years older. I wouldn’t mind seeing an all out competition for the RB spot next year between Jenko and Bellerin, like we have with Gibbo and Monreal at LB. Where Debuchy fits in is an interesting question in itself.

    1. I only see one good solution – send Bellerín on loan for 2 seasons to EPL side where he’d get regular spot and keep Debuchy and Jenko. After 2 years, Debuchy’s gonna be 32, we can get rid of him and (hopefully) Bellerín will be developed, relatively experienced RB and will compete for spot with Jenko. This way the position is theoreticaly solved for 10 years.
      Chambers – move him to centre, with Merts getting less time – he’s not at his best and IMO it’s not just a dip in form, but signs of decline. His pace is not gonna get any better either and I can’t imagine how slow he’s gonna be in 2-3 years.

      1. Jenkinson lacks the technical ability to play for arsenal. Not a bad rb but not good enough for arsenal thats the only reason he went out on loan and bellerin stayed. Rb position is sorted debuchy is 2st choice and bellerin is back up. Jenks will be sold in the summer.

  2. My fear with Bellerin is that with Barca losing Dani Alves next season they might starting eyeing him once their transfer ban is lifted.

    Debuchy is first choice, Bellerin back up then sell Jenko as we still got Chambers to consider as cover for RB and CB.

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