Premier League Loan Watch: Borini not the only Liverpool striker shining

The Italian, on loan from Liverpool, boosted his parent club's chances of the Premier League crown with a late penalty at Stamford Bridge.

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, there were plenty of impressive performances further down the footballing pyramid while the Premier League title race was impacted on by a loanee in the most devastating fashion.

Liverpool profited mostly from their fringe players' external contributions this weekend, with two Reds outcasts managing to get themselves onto the scoresheet.

Fabio Borini

The Italian increased Sunderland's hopes of survival and, in turn, landed a huge dent into Chelsea's title aspirations as his late penalty inflicted a first-ever defeat for Chelsea at home in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.

The irony was extended in the fact that Borini is on loan from the Blues' title rivals Liverpool, who now look to be coasting away with the title while the Black Cats' good week continues.

George Thorne

The West Brom midfielder has been unable to break into the Baggies first team this season and has struggled to find the sort of form to convince Pepe Mel he is ready to contend for a place at the Hawthorns during two separate loan spells in the second tier this season.

Thorne's form has improved as a result of playing in a flourishing Derby outfit who, despite missing out on automatic promotion this afternoon, pushed Burnley all the way.

The 21-year-old ensured the Clarets would have to wait until this afternoon after his matchwinning contribution at Doncaster Rovers on Friday night, when he scored a stunning goal from 25 yards to put the Rams on their way to a 2-0 success.

Alex Pritchard

The Tottenham winger has been one of the primary reasons behind Swindon's play-off push, with the Robins the only team that can now displace Peterborough in sixth place.

It still appears unlikely given the Posh's recent upturn in form, but Pritchard's opener in a hard-fought 2-1 win at Coventry City on Good Friday underlined his ever-burgeoning reputation having netted seven goals across all competitions this season.

His latest was perhaps not his best as he drilled home from 12 yards out, but it could prove crucial nonetheless in the final reckoning.

Michael Ngoo

The Liverpool forward is unlikely to break through at Anfield anytime soon, but Brendan Rodgers will have been delighted to see the youngster score his first goal for Walsall in a 1-1 draw at struggling Carlisle.

Ngoo's goal, a header from a corner, came with just eight minutes left at Brunton Park to secure a point which does not mean an awful lot for mid-table Walsall, who have nothing left to play for, but it could have significant ramifications on the Cumbrian side's immediate future, as they stay in the relegation zone.

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

Jonathan Williams

The Crystal Palace prodigy has struck once during his loan spell at Ipswich but has hardly sparkled having sought first-team opportunities else at Portman Road.

Williams was unable to have any sort of impact at the weekend as his side's play-off push faltered with a 3-1 defeat at fellow hopefuls Watford.

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