Another Monday morning Loan Watch when John Guidetti steals most of the headlines.
The Swedish striker is certainly enjoying his time north of the border with Scottish Champions Celtic, and he was on hand to score the only goal of the game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle to send the Bhoys third in the Premiership – two points off the top with a game in hand.
Guidetti has now netted nine goals in his last seven appearances, and he’s impressing the fans, his teammates and manager alike.
Midfielder Stefan Johansen is determined to fire Celtic to the knockout stages of the Europa League – when Guidetti will be eligible to play, and he reckons the Swede can get even better.
Johansen told the Express: “Everybody knows it would be nice to have John in Europe.
“Stefan Scepovic has come in and done well, Anthony Stokes can play up front, but the form John is in it’s difficult to say we wouldn’t miss him. Any team would.
“If we win one or two more, we’re through and he can then play for us in Europe. He has been coming out with a few things about that.
“I hope he is going to stay here and I am going to tell him that he is going to stay here!
“He has shown what he is capable of, but I think there is lots more to come.”
Celtic boss Ronny Deila clearly likes what he sees, and is desperate to keep Guidetti at Celtic Park once his loan deal expires.
Deila is quoted in the Scottish Herald as saying: “He is scoring goals and having a great time on and off the pitch. For a young player that is the best feeling.
“You see him coming to training each day with smiles. He is on-loan but he is always thinking about the team. That is what a professional does and I hope ultimately we will get him here. I know how football is but I hope he is going to stay. In fact, I am going to tell him that he has to stay."
Fellow City man Jason Denayer also played the full complement of minutes against Inverness, and helped preserve a crucial clean sheet to earn all three points.
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Elsewhere in the Scottish Premiership, Adam Drury chalked up another 90 minutes for St Mirren but could not prevent his side going down 3-0 to league leaders Dundee United.
The EDS starlet had a good chance to level the scores at 1-0 and forced an acrobatic save from the keeper, but couldn’t quite find his finishing touch.
Teammate Ellis Plummer continues to be unavailable with a groin problem.
On the continent, Albert Rusnak grabbed his side’s goal as Cambuur recorded a 1-1 draw with Willem II in the Eredivisie.
The Slovakian midfielder now has three goals and three assists to his name after 12 matches for the Dutch outfit and believes the league’s style makes it the ideal fit for his development.
He said: “In the Eredivisie, the focus is not on the physical, but on technique. Therefore I am here in the right place.
“Manchester City is following me, so I am told. I prefer to end the season here at Cambuur, but that decision is not in my hands.”
Staying in the Netherlands, and Karim Rekik played his customary 90 minutes to help PSV defeat ADO Den Haag 1-0 and preserve a four point gap at the top of the table.
His loan side were forced to play the majority of the game with ten men after Jorrit Hendrix received his marching orders after just 29 minutes.
Marcos Lopes returned to action for Lille after a spell on the sidelines with injury, but was forced to come off after the first 43 minutes with a thigh problem on a disappointing night for the Portuguese.
Latest reports suggest the 18-year-old is likely to miss another 2-3 weeks which includes the Europa League meeting with Everton and the Portugal u21s’ clash with England.
Sad with coming off the pitch when the team needed... Thanks for all the support, it means a lot to know you r there! pic.twitter.com/pQO3hx0fXj— Rony Lopes (@Rony10Lopes) November 2, 2014
However, in better news, Lopes has been nominated for the “Young Promise of the Year” award by the Sports Confederation of Portugal.
Voting is here, but the page is in Portuguese!
Back in England, and Devante Cole was replaced in the dying seconds as Barnsley triumphed 1-0 over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United. The Tykes have now moved up to 12th in the League One table.
His EDS teammate Greg Leigh played the full game as Crewe Alexandra drew 1-1 with Crawley. Leigh has made a starting berth his own during his spell with the Railwaymen, and has helped them to a respectable record of just one loss in the last five.
However, they remain rooted to the foot of League One.
At Yeovil, Jordy Hiwula entered the fray from the bench after 35 minutes of his team’s stalemate with Chesterfield. The striker endured a frustrating afternoon as he was largely starved of service and Yeovil often resorted to long punts upfield.
Meanwhile, Billy O’Brien has returned to City after his loan spell at Hyde. Recalled to the EDS, the keeper took time to thank the club and fans for his positive experiences with the Tigers.
Would like to thank all of the great fans support, making me feel so welcome and also everyone at the club, really is a fantastic club #hyde— Billy O'Brien (@B_OBrien95) November 1, 2014
Of course, he will continue to play at Hyde’s Ewen Fields stadium with Patrick Vieira’s side for a few more weeks at least!
In Spain, Alvaro Negredo is yet to make his first start for Valencia after injury but he came on after 79 minutes of the La Liga outfit’s 3-1 win away to Villarreal.
Bruno Zuculini was not involved.
Micah Richards played the first 65 minutes of Fiorentina’s 3-1 Serie A loss to high-flying Sampdoria. La Viola are now 10th in the table but are just three points behind AC Milan, four places above them.
In Scandinavia, Eirik Holmen Johansen recorded a clean sheet in Sandefjord’s final game of the season in a 1-0 victory over Fredrikstad.
The keeper returns to City after making 27 starts for the Norwegian outfit and packs a winners’ medal in his luggage after helping his loan side claim the First Division title and promotion to the Eliteserien.
In Norway’s top flight, Bismark Boateng added another 90 minutes to his tally for Stromsgodset, who ran out 2-0 victors over title winners Molde. There was no involvement for Divine Naah, but the duo will both be hoping to get some minutes next weekend when the league season reaches its conclusion.
Godsway Donyoh started and played the first 56 minutes for Swedish side Falkenberg as they recorded a 1-1 draw with Mjallby.