Joel Campbell was Arsenal’s only loanee to start and complete the full 90 minutes on Saturday – and he netted a goal in Sporting’s 3-0 victory over Moreirense.
The 24-year-old winger was booked just before the full-time whistle, but it’s refreshing to see he’s now getting regular minutes, just like his quality warrants.
As a result, Sporting sit at the top of Portugal’s Primeira Liga table, two points above close rivals Benfica.
First start, first goal of Joel Campbell's loan spell at Sporting. pic.twitter.com/Iwx1xLpiNq
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Despite Aitor Karanka’s encouraging words following the deal’s completion to take the versatile defender on a season-long loan, the 21-year-old was an unused substitute during their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.
As has been the case already this season, Ryan found himself an unused sub once more – this time as Eastleigh drew 1-1 with Southport at home.
It’s important that he keeps his spirits up during a challenging period of the season where plenty of teams are eager to assert their promotion credentials, and he’ll need to keep working hard to try and usurp his competition to cement a starting spot as the first-choice goalkeeper.
Oxford prevailed with a 2-0 home victory over Swindon Town, but again without the presence of creative midfielder Crowley on the pitch. He didn’t feature, and hasn’t done so since their 2-1 win over Peterborough – which was a brief cameo appearance.
Stefan O’Connor and Tafari Moore
Neither defender featured in their respective fixture this weekend in the Netherlands as both of their loan sides (Maastricht and FC Utrecht) were held to 1-1 draws.