Takuma started all 90 minutes in a 3-0 win against SC Freiburg. Despite playing against 10 men for the majority of the game, he struggled to make an impact in the final third, failing to muster a single shot on goal. Takuma has had noticeable difficulty in the transition to the Bundesliga this year, recording no goals or assists during the campaign so far.
Marc failed to start for the second straight match for Bristol Rovers in a 2-0 win against MK Dons, losing his left-back spot to Lee Brown. With Bola and Brown splitting time in Bristol’s 4-4-2 diamond, he should expect considerable first-team minutes throughout the season.
With Jonathan Grounds claiming the first-team spot at left-back and the 19-year-old Steve Seddon impressing for Birmingham City U-23’s in a 2-4 loss to Hull City, Cohen is having a difficult time garnering minutes. In a recent press conference, Steve Cotterill discussed the young Arsenal loanee: “It’s about consistency and end product with these young boys. Whether it’s Sam, Cohen, Liam and Boga. It’s about end product with all of them.” Cotterill continues, “There is no point having lots of minutes on the pitch if there is no end product. Not just out of them, out of everybody.” Obviously, more needs to be seen from Cohen before he sees minutes for the senior team.
Returning from a long-term knee injury, Joel saw substitute action for Real Betis before suffering another injury against Espanyol, this time from a rough tackle by Papa Diop. Quique Setien remarked on the extent of the injury: “He has pain. He received a very strong blow and we don’t know what it is. He could walk so hopefully it’s nothing.” Hopefully, this will prove only a minor setback as he looks to regain match fitness.
Carl is still in the recovery phase from a dislocated shoulder suffered during an August 26th match against Reading. He has not been cleared for training yet.
Emi received his first start of the season on October 24th, playing 90 minutes in a 0-1 loss to Alaves in the Copa del Rey. He was at times rusty and slow coming off his line to deal with diagonal crosses. He had no chance in preventing Alaves’ 86th-minute winner, a good downward header to the far post. He returned to the bench for Getafe’s 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Stephy made his sixth substitute appearance of the season, coming on in the 83rd minute in a 2-3 loss to Brentford. He failed to make an impact as the London side sat deep to protect their one-goal advantage, providing little space for the attacker to move into. He hasn’t started in the league for Preston North End since their 1-1 draw with Barnsley back in early September.
Kelechi made his first start in a month in VVV-Venlo’s 3-1 KNVB Cup win over FC Utrecht, displaying some good vision with both his passes and dribbling. Three days later, he was a half-time substitute in a 0-3 loss to Heracles. He had a couple of tame efforts on goal but displayed some bad touches as he failed to rally Venlo from a three-goal deficit. Kelechi has made seven league appearances so far, six as a substitute.
Lucas played in both first-team matches against Las Palmas this week. While he failed to make much of an impact in the Copa del Rey (he played more defensively as Deportivo La Coruna were down to 10 men for most of the match), he posed a considerable problem in their league match. Las Palmas struggled to deal with his constant movement, eventually scoring from the penalty spot and picking out Celso Borges from a corner in the six-yard box. Lucas has been playing well for Deportivo of late, scoring three goals and providing an assist in the last four games.