The Weekly Loan Report returns from the international break with a strong return from injury by Joel Campbell and some rather middling performances from some of our youngsters.
Takuma was an unused Substitute in Stuttgart’s 2-1 win against FC Koln on Friday. Asano saw considerable game time in the beginning of the season as the right inside forward in a 3-4-3. He has made six league appearances, four as a substitute while failing to find the net. He may find game time difficult to come by, with Hannes Wolf preferring Anastasios Donis and VfL Wolfsburg wonderkid Josip Brekalo behind Simon Terodde. With Chadrac Akolo scoring the winning goal on Friday, it’s possible he may have fallen further back in the rotation.
Marc played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Oxford United on Sunday. He worked hard on the left side, winning some key headers, though he was dispossessed on a couple of occasions. He has begun to establish himself as the first-choice left back, starting five of the last six league games.
Cohen did not make the matchday squad in Birmingham City’s 1-0 win against Cardiff City on Friday. He has found life difficult in the West Midlands, making only one league appearance in a 2-0 loss to Reading. With Maxime Colin and now Jonathan Grounds preferred on the left, he may struggle to find game time for a club that will be fighting relegation most of the season. Already 21, he can’t afford to have multiple loan spells and expect first-team football for Arsenal. Hopefully, he can do enough in training to entice Steve Cotterill to hand him some opportunities.
Campbell is cleared to play for Real Betis after suffering a significant knee injury in the Gold Cup over the summer. “The injury was at a difficult time for me, I missed the preseason, but now I am happy, excited, and waiting to play,” Joel told Marca on Wednesday. “It’s important to give one hundred percent in training to be well and be able to contribute.” Joel saw 13 minutes on Sunday against Valencia in a 3-6 loss, scoring and assisting a goal.
Jenkinson’s last appearance for Birmingham City was in late August against Reading, where he dislocated his shoulder. “He is definitely not on the radar. I can safely say he is not going to turn up on the team sheet don’t worry about that,” said Cotterill in a recent news conference. Considering that shoulder dislocations have recovery periods of three to five months, he still has a long way to go.
Emi was an unused substitute in a 1-2 loss to Real Madrid. He has made no appearances for Getafe in his loan spell. With a Copa del Rey match against Alaves coming up in four days, it is possible he may see his first action of the season.
Stephy was an unused substitute in Preston North End’s 2-2 draw with Fulham. He has seen sporadic action for Alex Neil’s side as they surprisingly find themselves in 5th, making only five league appearances, four as a substitute. With Tom Barkhuizen having an amazing start to the season (2 goals, 4 assists), Stephy may struggle to see significant playing time this season.
Kelechi was a 74th-minute substitute in VVV-Venlo’s 2-5 loss to PSV Eindhoven, seeing little of the ball as PSV dominated possession. He has been used sparingly by Maurice Steijn so far this season as Venlo look to establish themselves in the Eredivisie since their relegation in 2013. While he has only started once in the league, he has seen some playing time in his preferred position in a midfield three.
Lucas came on for three minutes in Deportivo La Coruna’s 0-0 draw with Eibar. He has made six total appearances so far, looking strong in their 2-1 win against Getafe. Considering his acrimonious departure this summer, Luca’s performances will go a long way in securing a move in 2018.