Loan Round-Up: Full progress report on Henriquez, Zaha, Powell and more

by Tracey Germaine

Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) – Henriquez has had a good start to his loan at Dinamo Zagreb with three goals in eight appearances. That record is improved when you consider that he has only started one match and those three goals came in 160 minutes of football. He has made six appearances in the HNL and two in the Europa League group stages.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Zaha made his loan debut for Crystal Palace,  by ming on as a substitute for the final 20 minutes against Newcastle United. Palace had been leading 2-1 at the time but conceded two goals. Fortunately Zaha was there and scored in the 5th minute of injury time to secure a draw for Palace.

Zaha also started against Burnley and played 69 minutes. He almost set up Damian Delaney for a goal but his effort went over the bar. He played the full 120 minutes of Palace’s match against Newcastle in the Capital One Cup. He assisted one of Palace’s goals but Newcastle were the eventual winners with a 3-2 win after extra time.

Nick Powell (Leicester City) – Powell has yet to feature in a matchday squad for Leicester City’s first team. He has, however, featured twice for Leicester’s Under-21s, playing 90 minutes both times; firstly in a 2-0 loss to Fulham and most recently helping his side earn 1-1 with last season’s Barclay’s Under-21 Premier League winner’s Chelsea.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (Real Madrid) – Since joining on loan Chicharito has made five appearances for Real Madrid, three in La Liga and two in the Champions League. He made his debut for Real Madrid coming on for the final 25 minutes in the Madrid derby which saw Atletico beat Real 2-1. It wasn’t the best debut as he didn’t see much of the ball and picked up a booking.

Chicharito fared much better in his second game. He came off the bench to replace Gareth Bale in the 77th minute against Deportivo La Coruna and scored two goals in five minutes to seal an 8-2 victory for the Spanish giants. He also came on for the final 12 minutes of Real Madrid’s win against Elche and was an unused substitute in Real’s 2 – 0 win over Villarreal.

He played just eight minutes in Real’s 5-1 victory over Basel in the Champions League. The match had already been wrapped up prior to his introduction and he didn’t really have an opportunity to add to the goal tally. He had his first start against Ludogorets but missed several chances and was replaced in the 67th minute by Karim Benzema.

Guillermo Varela (Real Madrid Castilla) – Varela has played four times for Real’s Castilla in Segunda B since joining on loan. He made his debut against Fuenlabrada, playing 77 minutes as Real lost 1-0. In his second match, Real beat Trival Valderas 3-1 in what was only their first win of the season. Varela picked up a booking for his troubles.

However, Real returned to their losing ways in his third appearance, being beaten 1-0 by local rivals Atletico Madrid’s B team and Varela played the full match. The losing streak continued in his fourth match, losing 3-0 to Amorebieta and it leaves them bottom of the table.

Michael Keane (Burnley) – Michael Keane has been an unused substitute in Burnley’s last two Premier League fixtures. He did feature in a strong Development Squad team in the first round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup, playing 90 minutes. Keane played a short back-pass to his goalkeeper which lead to a rushed clearance that ricocheted in off the oncoming Hull City forward Aluko to open the scoring and Hull went on to win 2-0.

Nani (Sporting Lisbon) – Nani has played seven matches since joining Sporting Lisbon on loan and has completed 90 minutes in all but his first game. Of those appearances, five have come in the Primera Liga where he has helped his side earn three draws and two victories. He scored in the 4-0 win over Gil Vicente and has picked up three yellow cards in those five games.

He has featured twice for Sporting in the Champions League. Nani scored the goal which earned Sporting a draw with Maribor way from home. He also played the full match in the 1-0 loss to Chelsea.

Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) – Since joining Aston Villa on loan, Cleverley has featured three times for them and has played against three teams who will presumably be competing for the Champions League places. He played 86 minutes on his debut against Liverpool. It was an industrious performance from Cleverley and Aston Villa ran out 1-0 winners.

Cleverley then played the full match as he came up against Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal side. Unfortunately his new side weren’t able to do United another favour and Arsenal won 3-0. The 3-0 scoreline was then repeated as Villa lost away from home to Chelsea, in a match which saw him pick up his second yellow card of the season.

Vanja Milinkovic (Vojvodina) – Milinkovic has started and completed all of Vojvodina’s seven matches this season. He has kept three clean sheets and his team have only lost one match, winning the other six.

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