Dan Crowley was afforded his first start for Go Ahead Eagles since his loan move at the start of the month whilst there were other players who featured on Sunday for their respective loan sides, with differing results.
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Dan Crowley started as part of a midfield trio alongside 33-year-old Sander Duits and Liverpool loanee, Pedro Chirivella, against Excelsior.
The talented Englishman, who has struggled in terms of discipline over the past few months, was one of the visitors’ best performers on the afternoon in a 1-1 draw. It’s sure to give him confidence and one can only hope he avoids similar attitude problems in the Netherlands with speculation continuing to rise about whether he’s a suitable player for Arsenal in the long-term given his reputation with previous loan spells across England.
Crowley’s individual match stats
- 48 touches
- 71.9% pass accuracy
- 4 completed dribbles – more than any other player
- Fouled on two occasions
Kelechi Nwakali started and played the full 90 minutes, but was unable to stop MVV Maastricht from a 2-1 defeat against VVV Venlo. Defensive teammate Stefan O’Connor, who turns 20 today, was an unused substitute once again.
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Julio Pleguezuelo was introduced as a second-half substitute in Mallorca’s 1-1 draw with Reus Deportiu, but didn’t have enough time to make a significant impact on the game. The 19-year-old Spaniard will definitely have been disappointed to only have played three minutes plus stoppage time in a match he probably should have started. Questions continuing to rise about whether he should still be there on-loan or move elsewhere in search of regular minutes.
Wojciech Szczesny kept his 9th clean sheet of the Serie A campaign during Roma’s 1-0 victory over Cagliari in the evening kick-off at the Stadio Olimpico. The Polish goalkeeper was afforded the luxury of having to make zero saves throughout as Cagliari struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities in the final third, but his distribution was tidy and kept focused in the latter stages when Kostas Manolas looked weary as the visitors pressed for a late equaliser.
Stats’ source: WhoScored