Yet again Gareth Barry takes all the plaudits in this week’s Loan Watch with the City midfielder again pivotal for Everton during a 3-0 win over Arsenal.
TalkSport’s Stan Collymore voted Barry the man-of-the-match and claimed Barry should still be considered for England’s World Cup squad.
Barry’s influence is helping the Toffees’ bid for Champions League football, but thankfully, he won’t be able to play against City when the teams meet at the start of next month due to Premier League rules.
Our other Premier League loan star, John Guidetti, was an unused sub as Stoke lost 3-0 to Chelsea. The Swede was denied the chance to help derail one of the Blues’ title rivals as the Potters were comprehensively beaten at Stamford Bridge.
Alex Henshall played no part in Ipswich Town’s 2-0 defeat at Blackburn but Emyr Huws returned to action for Birmingham City as Blues saw off Paul Dickov’s Doncaster 3-1 to ease their relegation fears - Rovers had been previously unbeaten in nine home games.
Huws lasted 66 minutes on is return before being substituted and gave a steady if not spectacular performance as he gets back into his stride. City team-mate Albert Rusnak was not involved.
George Evans was also absent for Crewe as The Railwaymen recorded a vital 2-1 win at Crawley in League One and abroad, Karim Rekik’s PSV Eindhoven suffered a 3-0 defeat to Heerenveen and now face a struggle to qualify for Champions League football.