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Loan Watch: Ntcham turning heads in Italy

Olivier Ntcham

Olivier Ntcham

French duo Olivier Ntcham and Seko Fofana grabbed the City loanee headlines this week with a pair of composed performances in the centre of the park.

Ntcham is plying his trade in Italy for Genoa this season, and after only making his professional debut ten days’ ago, he’s catching the eye of the media outlets covering Serie A.

After completing the full 90 minutes as his side saw off Hellas Verona 2-0, Olivier received high marks across the board, with one outlet going so far as to say he has “the attributes of a champion” after a display of tireless energy, determination and drive in the centre.

Merci a tous pour votre soutien et vos messages. Thanks all for your support. Work hard play hard... Forza genoa. pic.twitter.com/2iomduWG56

— Olivier Ntcham (@OlivierNtcham) August 31, 2015

Meanwhile, Fofana was a rare bright spot in a terrible day for Bastia, who lost 2-1 to Saint Etienne and saw two men sent off.

The midfielder was praised for his work in repeatedly regaining possession but perhaps even more promisingly, was held up as one of the players who got his side going again after the red card setbacks, despite his tender years.

Maxifoot.fr wrote: “The on loan Manchester City midfielder played a very good game. Confidant on the ball, valuable in bringing the ball forward and very active in its recovery, he helped Bastia after Saint-Etienne opened the score by bringing some serenity and technical skills to the Corsican side’s game.”

Elsewhere and Jason Denayer has joined the ranks of City’s loan rangers by agreeing a season-long loan deal with Turkish outfit Galatasaray. The Belgian international had a successful year last term with Celtic, when he won the Scottish Premiership title and was named Scotland’s Young Player of the Year.

He will now hope to challenge himself on the European stage with Galatasaray drawn in Group C of the Champions League and we'll be keeping you updated with his progress throughout 2015/16. 

Across the pond, it was another disappointing week for Angelino and Shay Facey with New York City FC. Angelino played all 90 minutes while Facey came on for the last 20 as City’s sister side suffered a 2-1 home loss to Columbus Crew in front of a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium.

They still retain hope of reaching the play-offs in their inaugural campaign but time is running out on Jason Kreis’ men with the regular season fixtures due to finish next month. 

Jack Byrne was forced to sit out SC Cambuur’s 4-1 drubbing by Vitesse as he continues to recover from an injury sustained in pre-season.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Divine Naah played the first 53 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Helmond Sport that leaves NAC Breda seventh in the Eerste Divisie.  

In Belgium, Enes Unal was an unused sub in a 2-0 Genk win, while in Norway Bismark Boateng enjoyed his 90 minutes as Stromsgodset ran out 4-2 winners over Mjondalen to climb to fifth in the Eliteserien and Godsway Donyoh emerged from the bench in the second half but could not prevent Swedish top division outfit Falkenberg losing 1-0.

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