A regular member of Patrick Vieira’s under-21 squad this season, Ellis went straight into the Latics’ starting XI for the weekend’s clash with Bradford City. The 19-year-old played 64 minutes of the 1-1 draw, and will be aiming to settle in quickly to help his new side ascend the League One table.
Elsewhere in the division, George Evans chalked up another 90 minutes for Crewe Alexandra as he continues to impress at the Alexandra Stadium. Ten-man Crewe snatched a 1-0 victory at home to Crawley Town to earn their first win in nine games.
Massive win for us today down to 10 men! Thought the lads were class buzzing for my boy @hitchuuu on making his debut aswell #CreweAlex— George Evans (@GeorgeEvans70) November 30, 2013
@GeorgeEvans70 has to be my fav crewe player! So glad he joined crewe alex!!— abbiebuckleyy_ (@AbiiBuckley98) November 30, 2013
Elsewhere, Harry Bunn was on target on his debut for Huddersfield Town’s under-21 side. The striker had just returned from a temporary spell at Sheffield United when he agreed a loan deal with the Terriers, lasting until 6 January 2014.
Bunn displayed his striking instincts to perfection in the clash with Barnsley to cut out a poor goal kick and fire the ball home from the edge of the box.
Gareth Barry set up two goals as Everton crushed Stoke City 4-0 at the weekend. The midfielder claimed the assist for the opening goal when he exchanged passes with Gerard Deulofeu in the penalty area before the Spaniard swept the ball home.
He knew little about the second, watching as the ball bounced off his leg and dropped into the path of Seamus Coleman, who doubled the lead. The Toffees are now fifth in the Premier League table.
In the Championship, Reece Wabara missed Doncaster’s 2-1 victory over QPR with a toe injury. The defender has been playing through pain since September, but has now been advised to rest and will be unavailable until January.
He has been a regular starter for Paul Dickov’s men and recently spoke to the Sheffield Star about the importance of team spirit.
“The spirit that exists here is down to the characters at the club,” said Wabara.
“When the gaffer signs players he wants to know what the person is like on the inside.
“You can have all the talent in the world but if your heart’s not in it, and you don’t want to grind it out through the difficult times, then half of you is missing in effect.”
You can read the full interview with Reece here.
On the continent, Karim Rekik has now fully recovered from his injury lay-off and completed 180 minutes of football for PSV this week.
Unfortunately results didn’t go the way of the Dutch side, who went down 2-0 to Ludogorets in the Europa League before being defeated 3-1 by Eredivisie high-flyers, Feyenoord.
Karim has had his work cut out – his central defensive partner Jeffrey Bruma was sent off in both games, leaving PSV to battle on with ten men.
Neither Mohammed Abu nor Dominic Oduro were involved for AGF Aarhus in their 4-1 defeat at the weekend. The Danish side dropped to sixth place in the domestic league.
Scott Sinclair remains on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. His return date remains uncertain, while George Swan is also unavailable for Sheffield Wednesday due to injury.