A number of Chelsea players on loan were in action during the weekend all across Europe.
In the Premier League, Kurt Zouma played the whole game in the Stoke City side which drew 1-1 at Leicester City, with the Potters left to rue an own-goal by Jack Butland that denied them a win which would have moved them out of the relegation zone.
Stoke are a point behind Swansea City, who are 17th, after the Welsh side lost 4-1 to Brighton. Tammy Abraham was initially credited with the Swans’ late consolation, although it was quickly changed to an own-goal for Lewis Dunk – the Brighton defender’s fourth this term, which is the joint-most in a single Premier League season.
Newcastle United are 15th on the table and two points ahead of Abraham’s Swansea side, following a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in which they were leading 2-0. Kenedy who joined the Magpies in January played 64 minutes of the game. At the time of his substitution, for ex-Blues winger Christian Atsu, the score was 2-0 to Newcastle.
In the Dutch top flight, Marco van Ginkel was part of the PSV side which won impressively 3-1 away at Feyenoord and have a seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Mason Mount scored a free-kick as Vitesse came back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with VVV. The midfielder was one of three Blues in the starting line-up, along with Fankaty Dabo and Matt Miazga.
In the Championship, Kasey Palmer scored his first Derby County goal in dramatic circumstances, netting in the second minute of stoppage time to salvage a point for the Rams in a 2-2 draw against Leeds United. It was a scrappy finish from Palmer, but it prevented his new side losing back-to-back league matches for the first time this season. He followed that up with the early opener in a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at Reading on Saturday.
Lucas Piazon helped Fulham draw 1-1 at Bristol City in midweek, but the Brazilian was absent for the Saturday teatime clash with top-of-the-table Wolves, a game which Tomas Kalas started. The centre-back helped his side keep a clean sheet as they recorded a 2-0 win which consolidates their spot in the play-off places.
Jeremie Boga was substituted at half-time as Birmingham City were thrashed 5-0 by Brentford and he played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 home defeat to Barnsley, a result which gave ex-Blues coach Jose Morais his first win as Tykes manager.
Ola Aina, Michael Hector and Fikayo Tomori returned to the Hull City starting line-up following the Tigers’ FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge but they could not prevent their side falling to a 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough. Jamal Blackman helped continue Sheffield United’s promotion push, making a fine save in the closing stages of their 2-1 win over QPR. However, the keeper was on the losing side against Hull on Friday night, with Aina helping the Tigers to a rare clean sheet.
Jake Clarke-Salter played 73 minutes of Sunderland’s defeat at Bolton Wanderers which sent them back to the bottom of the Championship standings. He followed that up with an early red card in a 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough; former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford netted twice for the visitors but a late equaliser earned a point for the Black Cats.