Reguilon failure, Spence strike, Lo Celso buff and severed pig’s head – Tottenham’s last loan spell
It has been another exciting week on loan for 11 Tottenham stars. After a real goalscoring frenzy two weeks ago, when four players got on the scoresheet, this time many have had to make do with a limited number of minutes.
It was also a week of ups and downs as Jed Spence and Joe Rodon were knocked out of the Europa League on penalties and Brian Gil and Sevilla reached the round of 16 despite being terrified by PSV. So how exactly did they all get along across the globe?
Football.london looks below.
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Jed Spence and Joe Rodon (Rennes)
Spence and Rawdon endured a week of mixed emotions in Rennes. The French club, which participated in the Europa League last Thursday, was eliminated from the tournament in the play-off round after losing on penalties to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Hoping to reach the round of 16 before a late own goal with 90 seconds left in extra time led to a draw on penalties, Rennes’ European ambitions collapsed in the penalty shoot-out. However, they managed to get back on track with a 1–0 victory in the away derby in Nantes.
Having played no part against Shakhtar for a week, Rodon was again an unused substitute in the win, but Spence played the full 90 minutes. Successful with two of his three strokes in the last thirdhe also contributed defensively, winning all three tackles, winning six of eight duels, making four recoveries, two blocks and two clearances, including one from the line, in the win.
Rennes, who are fifth in Ligue 1 and four points behind third, return on Sunday in the decisive home game against second-placed Marseille.
Brian Hill (Sevilla)
Gil also played in the Europa League during the week as Sevilla reached the round of 16 with a 3–2 aggregate win over PSV after a 2–0 loss that evening. The winger started again and played 86 minutes before falling 1-0 down.
Gil and Sevilla returned to La Liga on Sunday, losing 3-2 at home to Osasuna. Trailing 1-0 and needing to find a way to get back into the match, the youngster gave way in the 57th minute as Lucas Ocampos took his place in the XI.
In the next match, Sevilla will travel to the Spanish capital on Saturday evening, where they will face Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid. This will give Gil a chance to catch up with Tottenham teammate Sergio Reguilon as well as former Spurs player Matt Doherty as they are now on Atlético’s roster.
Destiny Udogi (Udinese)
After visiting Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium during the recent 2-0 win over West Ham, Udogi returned to the field for Udinese on Sunday when they hosted La Spezia. The left wing-back did have a hand in their second goal in a 2-2 draw after a good attack down the flank before breaking inside to find Sandi Lovrich, who in turn beat former Watford player Roberto Pereira.
Udogi really made an impact offensively, completing all three dribbles., his two long pass attempts, as well as his one cross. Udinese will return to the league on Saturday night with a trip to Atalanta.
Harry Winks (Sampdoria)
The Winks and Sampdoria remaining in Italy were defeated 1-0 by Lazio on Monday night, with the midfielder playing the whole game again. Having conceded a death in the previous league game against Bologna, the Genoese club conceded again, belatedly, with an 80th-minute strike by Luis Alberto, leaving them nine points behind safety with 14 games to go.
It’s been a week for Sampdoria. how a severed pig’s head was delivered to the club on Saturday along with a note that said, “The next heads will be yours.” The Serie A club confirmed that the package was addressed to former club president Massimo Ferrero and current vice president Antonio Romei, resulting in the police being called in connection with the incident, which the club described as a “serious act of intimidation”.
Sampdoria face another decisive showdown on Sunday when they host Salernitana, currently in 16th place, as they look to avoid relegation to Serie B.
Tanguy Ndombele (Napoli)
Napoli are top of the Serie A standings and Ndombele is looking to help the Naples club win the Scudetto, unless they crash in their last 14 league matches. After a 2-0 away win against Empoli on Saturday, their lead is now 18 points as second-placed Inter Milan lost 1-0 away to Bologna.
Coming into the final 10 minutes of his Champions League round of 16 first-leg win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Frankfurt on Tuesday night, Ndombele just got one minute to his credit at Empoli. The Frenchman will be hoping for an extended service time on Friday when they host Lazio at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
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Sergio Reguilon (Atletico Madrid)
Reguilon suffered another setback on loan to Atlético Madrid last Monday. after a hip injury in training. Due to injury, he missed his return to the Santiago Bernabéu as Atlético and Real Madrid drew 1–1 in the Madrid derby.
One of Atlético’s embarrassing moments in the draw was a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee of left-back Reinildo Mandava. The injury does open the door for Reguilon to get extended time with Simeone’s team, but it will all depend on the Spurs player getting back in shape as soon as possible.
Former Reguilon club Sevilla will take on Atlético Madrid on Saturday night.
Giovani Lo Celso (Villarreal)
Lo Celso has taken a big step in the past week since returning to training at Villarreal after suffering a hamstring injury ahead of Argentina’s successful World Cup campaign. The midfielder will be keen to return as soon as possible as he offers to help Villarreal return to European competition through the league, as well as advance far in the European Conference League after drawing against Anderlecht in the round of 16.
Troy Parrott (Preston North End)
Parrott was on the winning side on Saturday as Preston scored a much-needed victory after he got the better of Lancashire rivals Wigan coming from behind to win 2-1. than he was substituted in the last few seconds of stoppage time.
Received six points in LancashireLive Player Rankingthey wrote, “In the first half he was calm and partly played, but improved in the second. Decision-making failed him at times, but he showed some signs of connecting with Cannon and attacked Wigan on several occasions. line.”
Preston will look to confirm the result when they host Coventry City in uniform on Tuesday night, with an away game against Watford on the agenda on Saturday.
Harvey White (Derby)
White was given a second straight league start for Derby, but it was a day the Rams forgot about as they lost 4–1 to League One play-off rivals Barnsley. The Tottenham player only played 60 minutes before being replaced by Paul Warne for the remainder of the game.
White, like all his teammates, for that matter, did not perform well in the player rankings at DerbyshireLive as he was given four points for his performance.. They wrote: “One or two neat touches but they didn’t make much of an impact on the game. He was never given time in midfield to raise his head, which is his strength. Struggled and was replaced.”
White and Derby have a chance to make things right immediately: Cheltenham Town will visit Pride Park on Tuesday evening before they host Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.
Dane Scarlett (Portsmouth)
Portsmouth pulled off an impressive win on Saturday afternoon after beating Cheltenham Town four-man at Fratton Park. Scarlett started the game on the bench but left for the last 22 minutes of the bout. with the news awarding him six points out of ten for his display.
They wrote: “So unfortunate when he slipped trying to hit the target after Lane’s shot was parried by the keeper. Always adds a bit of speed and straightness.”
Portsmouth will host Bolton on Tuesday night and travel to Cambridge United on Saturday.
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