Adnan Januzaj, winger – Sunderland – vs Arsenal – played 20 minutes (substitute)
Januzaj returned from a month-long injury in disappointing style, not so much for his individual performance but due to his team’s capitulation at home to Arsenal. After equalising, Sunderland conceded three in minutes. Januzaj will likely return to the starting XI for relegation-threatened Sunderland quickly, David Moyes looking for any ideas to improve the Black Cats’ form.
Dean Henderson, goalkeeper – Grimsby – vs Yeovil Town – unused substitute GK
Henderson is yet to get his debut for loan side Grimsby, although as it is a “youth loan”, he’s allowed to return to the under-23 side to feature, as he did against Tottenham in Friday’s 1-1 draw.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, full-back – Wolves – vs Blackburn Rovers – started
After being excluded from the matchday squad since October 1st, Borthwick-Jackson returned after the sacking of Walter Zenga, with Rob Edwards as caretaker manager. The 19-year-old started at left-back. Alongside Danny Batth, he was said to be at fault for Blackburn’s opening goal, although Wolves went on to draw the game thanks to a late equaliser. Being brought back into the set up after a spell without a chance is a good sign for Borthwick-Jackson.
Andreas Pereira, attacking midfielder – Granada – vs FC Barcelona – started
Pereira played 60 minutes on the left of midfield at the Camp Nou as Granada restricted Barcelona to only the one goal, but couldn’t find a late equaliser. The 20-year-old was given a poor 5.97 rating from WhoScored.com, the worst of any player on his side unfortunately. He has, however, been having a good season, one of the standout players in Granada’s side, and so hopefully this is simply a blip in a spell of good form.
Joel Pereira, goalkeeper – Belenenses – vs Sporting Braga – started
Pereira, having had limited chances in his first few weeks on loan, started his second consecutive Primera Liga game, this time against Braga in a 2-1 loss for Belenenses, who are now 13th in the table. Pereira made 4 saves and was rated as Belenenses’ fourth best players by WhoScored.com