Loan report- Toral and Zelalem assist

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Jon Toral had an eventful afternoon as Birmingham City beat his former loan club Brentford 2-1.

Toral set up Jacques Maghoma to put Birmingham in the lead, but the Spaniard was perhaps fortunate to only receive a yellow card for a late challenge on Jake Bidwell.

The midfielder was substituted in the 83rd minute after suffering an injury.

Gedion Zelalem was brought on as a substitute in the 72nd minute and proceeded to set up a goal for James Tavernier as Rangers thrashed Dumbarton 6-0. The midfielder’s initial loan agreement with the Scottish side expires today, but his deal is set to be extended until the end of the season.

Wellington was introduced as a substitute in the 67th minute as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-0 to Huddersfield Town.

Carl Jenkinson entered the fray in the 86th minute as West Ham United beat Liverpool 2-0.

Stefan O’Connor started as York City lost 1-0 to Yeovil Town but suffered an injury that caused him to be withdrawn in the 60th minute.

Chuba Akpom didn’t feature in Hull City’s 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers because he was suffering with toothache. Isaac Hayden, meanwhile, also wasn’t involved and is set to return to Arsenal.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was an un-used substitute as Ipswich Town drew 0-0 with Burnley.

Serge Gnabry was left out of the squad again as West Bromwich Albion beat Stoke City 2-1.

Emiliano Martinez missed out through injury as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0.

Wojciech Szczesny and Yaya Sanogo weren’t in action this week as Roma and Ajax are both currently in the midst of a Winter break.




  1. Serge Gnabry has been treated appallingly by that idiot Pulis at WBA. He’s basically wasted a year of his career at WBA, if Wenger allows him to stay there for a whole season.

    1. Are you certain he is truly match fit though? Seems to me Pulis would be an idiot if he thought it’d be a great idea to bloat his squad with a player that he had no intention of ever using. I bet it is more to do with Gnabry than Pulis. I don’t necessarily mean lack of application; maybe the outcome of his injury is such that he’s list some of that ability he showed when he first burst on the scene. If so, I really hope he recovers to full fitness as he looked quite exciting.

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