Loan report – Toral and Bennacer score; Nwakali assists

Jon Toral scored and played 84 minutes as Rangers beat Partick Thistle 2-0.

2017-04-16 20_37_14-Ismael Bennacer (@ismael_bennacer) • Instagram photos and videos - Opera

Ismael Bennacer scored the first goal of his senior career with a fine free-kick as Tours beat Sochaux 3-1. The midfielder played 89 minutes.

Kelechi Nwakali set up a goal as Maastricht drew 2-2 with Emmen. The Nigerian youngster played the whole game and was booked.

Wojciech Szczesny played the whole game as Roma drew 1-1 with Atalanta.

Jack Wilshere played 56 minutes as Bournemouth lost 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur.

Krystian Bielik played the full game and was booked as Birmingham City drew 1-1 with Rotherham United.

Julio Pleguezuelo played 90 minutes as Mallorca lost 1-0 to Real Zaragoza.

Dan Crowley played the whole game as Go Ahead Eagles lost 2-0 to Willem II.

Gedion Zelalem came on in the 68th minute as VVV-Venlo beat RKC Waalwijk to seal promotion to the Eredivisie.

Kaylen Hinds was introduced in the 81st minute as Stevenage lost 1-0 to Morecambe.

Tafari Moore played the entirety of Utrecht II’s 2-1 defeat to Almere City.

Chuba Akpom was an un-used substitute as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0.

Marc Bola was an un-used substitute as Notts County drew 2-2 with Crewe Alexandra.

Calum Chambers isn’t eligible for Middlesbrough’s game against Arsenal.

Joel Campbell wasn’t involved as Sporting Lisbon beat Vitoria Setubal 3-0.

Aaron Eyoma wasn’t involved as Volendam drew 2-2 with De Graafschap.

Takuma Asano is expected to feature when Stuttgart face Arminia Bielefeld away tomorrow.





  1. Bielik, Nwakali and Bennacer certainly seem to be the youngsters doing the most out on loan. Bielik especially has pushed forward. Would assume a full year on loan next season, then really be ready to fight for a place in the first team.

    1. And for Chubs now. Not sure how much either deserve their second one though, both teams were pretty much up before they joined and neither played a significant role.
      Still, a medal is a medal and can hopefully inspire them on.

  2. George & Atid what are your assessment of nwakali, zalelem, toral & Crowley performance this season? Which of them do think make it into the first team?

    1. Zelalem has barely played and will not make it at Arsenal
      Nwakali has looked good, and shown a bit of leadership qualities. Still very much at the start of his Arsenal career and has a long way to go before being considered for first team.
      Crowley struggled at Oxford, but has found it easier to adapt his skills to the attack-minded Eredivisie. Probably found his level, though and won’t make it at Arsenal.
      Jon Toral just hasn’t got enough to step up for Arsenal imo. Good player, may make a mid-table PL side in the future but not a top team.

  3. Personally I don’t think any are ready for our first team. Toral is probably the closest in terms of age, but is he any better than others in his position? Next season he would need to take a spot in the 25. If he has signed an extension,then I would give him until January to prove himself in the first team squad, otherwise I think he will be leaving this summer.

    The other 3 still have age on their side and really need a big season with a big club, if they are to force their way in the season after next.

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