Saturday, April 29th
Andreas Pereira | Granada CF, lost 2-1 to Real Sociedad (A)
After many months in or just above the relegation zone, Pereira’s woeful Granada side’s relegation was confirmed despite Tony Adams’ late, surprise arrival as manager. This is a side with about half of its players as loanees. There is no common language in the squad, with Pereira (who speaks English, French and Portuguese fluently as well Spanish and some Flemish) acting as a translator in the dressing room.
Adnan Januzaj | Sunderland, lost 1-0 Bournemouth (H)
Januzaj has been in poor form as of late, and even David Moyes has subtly criticised his work rate. He was an unused substitute as Sunderland, like Granada, had their relegation confirmed.
Sam Johnstone | Aston Villa, lost 1-0 Blackburn (A)
Johnstone started for Aston Villa as he looked for a ninth cleansheet with Steve Bruce’s men. Their rivals Birmingham are battling with Blackburn to stay up. The Villa fans, therefore, were booing every save that Johnstone made, wanting a Blackburn win to send their rivals down. Blackburn did indeed win with one goal, but Birmingham also got three points.
Sunday, April 30th
Guillermo Varela | Eintracht Frankfurt, lost 1-0 vs Hoffenheim (A)
The Uruguayan made his first start for Eintracht since February 25th having missed the majority of this season due to two injuries. Playing at right-wing-back, Varela had little influence throughout the game in a relatively quiet 1-0 loss against Hoffenheim. Varela had ankle surgery in September and returned in February initially, but picked up another injury then. He made his comeback on Wednesday as a substitute in the German Cup Final, it’s a positive that he could complete 91 minutes before being subbed, though Eintracht conceded a 90th-minute goal.