Premier League Loan Watch: Manchester United and Chelsea youngsters star

The reigning Champions saw two of their loanees net as Bebe and Federico Macheda both found the net while the Blues also had two on the scoresheet.

Every Monday, Here Is The City will review the weekend's Premier League loan stars, whether that be within the Premier League, lower down the English football echelons or, indeed, across Europe.

This week, just four loanees were able to find the net for their respective loan clubs and there was precious little to shout about from defensive perspectives or from any standout midfield performers, so the focus is solely on those who sharpened their shooting boots.

Manchester United and Chelsea were the two teams to benefit mostly from their fringe players' external contributions this weekend, with two players apiece getting themselves onto the scoresheet.


The Portuguese flop is finally finding his feet in the professional game at Pacos de Ferreira, where he has netted a respectable 11 goals from 23 league appearances this season, including his latest at the weekend, despite a 3-1 defeat at home to Sporting Lisbon.

He took his time to get going back in his native homeland but has now struck six in as many games and there are tangible claims in Portugal that he may even be considered for a World Cup spot.

Loan spells at Besiktas and Rio Ave after a simply humiliating experience at Old Trafford since his £7.4m failed to produce any sort of response to his critics but, given United's travails this season, he may even be in with a shout of returning to his parent club this summer at this rate.

Federico Macheda

The Italian is another Old Trafford failure and, like Bebe, has experienced some tough loan spells which have not helped his cause in trying to convinced United boss David Moyes he can still play a part at the club.

But akin to Bebe's situation, Macheda is finally beginning to show the sort of prolific form that marked him out as a precocious young talent all those years ago when he scored the winner in a 3-2 thriller against Aston Villa.

He has netted nine in 12 games since joining on deadline day in January and has a penchant for scoring braces. Four of the five matches he has scored in have seen two-goal salvos from the Italian.

Macheda grabbed his latest with a well-taken double to ease Birmingham's relegation fears with a 3-1 win at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday, which deepened the Yorkshire outfit's, with whom he spent the first half of the season, woes in the process.

Nathaniel Chalobah

Chalobah endured a tough time at Nottingham Forest earlier in the campaign as he struggled for fitness and, subsequently, the playing time needed to progress during his loan stay in the Championship.

Chelsea farmed him out to Middlesbrough but it has been an equally mixed time at the Riverside despite his undeniable pedigree. Saturday brought about his first goal, however, and it proved a crucial one in that it promoted Leicester City as Derby County were defeated on Teeside.

Forest fans will have experienced mixed emotions after hearing of that result but Boro boss Aitor Karanka believes his composed finish showed why he is destined for the top.

Bertrand Traore

Chelsea's Burkinabe January signing scored his second goal in as many matches, a feat no Blues player has achieved this season no less, with a strike for Vitesse against Ajax in a 1-1 draw.

A win for the Amsterdam-based outfit would have sealed the Eredivisie title for Frank de Boer's men but the champagne will now be on ice courtesy of Traore's efforts, as he collected a pass from Zakaria Labyad's deflected free-kick to slot home coolly.

The 18-year-old started the game alongside fellow Blues loanees at Vitesse in Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt, as well as Lucas Piazon who came on at the end.

And one whose weekend didn't go quite so well...

Jack Butland

The on-loan Stoke keeper had a nightmare in Leeds United's narrow 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic at the weekend and was directly at fault for the only goal of the game.

Martyn Waghorn profited from James McArthur's surging run and a ricochet into his path but, with Butland raising his arm to appeal, the keeper left himself off balance and exposed. He was too slow to get down to the striker's effort and it crept tamely through his hands.

Mark Hughes, look away now... 

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