Aston Villa loan round-up: Veretout bags first goal of the season

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson

The French midfielder was one of several Villa loanees in action over the weekend.

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans after the matchAston Villa's Jordan Veretout applauds the fans after the match

There are currently eight players out on loan from Villa Park, and the majority of them were in action over the weekend across Europe and the Football League.

Of those, midfielder Jordan Veretout was the standout performer. Having failed to score in 29 Villa apperances last season, the 23-year-old got off the mark for St Etienne with a powerful effort in their 2-0 win at Caen. 

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi SigurdssonAston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action with Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson

The win lifted the French side to seventh in the Ligue 1 table, with Veretout finding the scoresheet along with Newcastle loanee Henri Saivet.

Another Villa midfielder enjoying his football on the continent is Carlos Sanchez. The Colombian played the last 25 minutes of an eight-goal thriller in Serie A, with his Fiorentina side overcoming Cagliari 5-3 thanks to ex-Blackburn striker Nicola Kalinic's hat-trick.

Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez looks dejectedAston Villa's Carlos Sanchez 

Elsewhere in Europe, winger Carles Gil had a less successful weekend as he continues to try and impress back in his homeland.

The 23-year-old made his first appearance in over a month for Deportivo as he replaced former Liverpool man Ryan Babel on 73 minutes, but could not do anything to prevent his side going down to a 4-1 defeat at Celta Vigo.

Gil's new side are struggling in Spain's top flight, with their latest defeat meaning only goal difference is keeping Deportivo out of the bottom three.

Domestically, four Villa youngsters got valuable minutes under their belt in the Football League. Doncaster duo Niall Mason and Riccardo Calder appeared for Rovers in their 4-2 defeat at Blackpool, with Mason booked and Elder appearing from the bench for the final 11 minutes.

Defender Kevin Toner supplied a superb assist in Walsall's 2-0 win at Swansea. The centre-back picked out Erhun Oztumer with a raking 60-yard ball which was expertly finished by the Saddlers midfielder to seal a win which lifted the Midlands outfit into the top half of League One.

Aston Villa's Mark Bunn, Carlos Sanchez and Kevin Toner look dejected after Arsenal's fourth goalKevin Toner (R) 

Henry Cowans played his eighth game on loan at Stevenage in a 2-1 defeat to Carlisle. The 21-year-old midfielder is yet to find the net for his temporary side, whose defeat saw them slip to 22nd in League Two.

New manager Steve Bruce has made positive noises about integrating forgotten members of the Villa squad, with Gabby Agbonlahor among those to receive a lifeline, so if these loanees can impress it is not too late to rule out them returning to the fold and having an impact at Villa Park.

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