Jordi Osei-Tutu (Cardiff City)
It’s been a tough start to life in the Welsh capital for young defender Jordi Osei-Tutu.
He made his debut last weekend in the Carabao Cup but it was a forgettable night as the Bluebirds suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to League One side Northampton Town.
He showed why he was deployed on the wing last season at Bochum with a marauding run down the right that saw him test Cobblers ‘keeper Steve Arnold but a foul on Joseph Mills in his own box handed Northampton a penalty that they dispatched.
He kept his place for the SkyBet Championship opener at Sheffield Wednesday but couldn’t prevent a 2-0 defeat to the Owls.
The 21-year-old will be hoping for a change of fortune when Cardiff visit Nottingham Forest this afternoon.
Appearances: 2. Starts: 2.
Ben Sheaf (Coventry City)
Midfielder Sheaf came off the bench to make his Championship debut for the Sky Blues in a late 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.
The 22-year-old was introduced on the hour mark with the score locked at 1-1 and was good on the ball posting 90% pass completion. However, he lost the ball six times and will look to work on that going forward.
The Englishman earned himself a place in the starting line-up against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.
He had one shot on goal and almost guided his new side into the next round but a stoppage-time spot-kick forced a penalty shoot-out.
Sheaf kept his composure to fire home from 12 yards but it wasn’t enough as they lost the shoot-out 5-4.
The Arsenal loanee was then sent on in the final seconds of Coventry’s 3-2 victory over QPR in the Championship.
Appearances: 3. Starts: 1.
Tyreece John-Jules (Doncaster Rovers)
The striker was thrust straight into action for Doncaster in their 1-1 draw vs MK Dons last weekend. The Englishman had three attempts on goal – only one on target – before he was replaced on 78 minutes before the Dons snatched a late equaliser.
Donny head to the Valley today to face Charlton Athletic.
Zech Medley, Trae Coyle (Gillingham)
The Arsenal duo have seen plenty of minutes since moving east.
Medley starred in the opening 1-0 win over Southend United in the Carabao Cup with five clearances, one block, one interception and won all three of his aerial duels. Coyle came on for the final 22 minutes.
The pair were both in the starting XI for the 2-1 EFL Trophy win over Crawley Town. A great one-two with Jacob Mellis saw Coyle go through on goal and slot home his first goal for the Gills. Medley, deployed at left back, wasn’t as effective and lasted 80 minutes before he was replaced.
Restored to central defence, Medley was back to his best but couldn’t prevent a 2-0 loss to Hull City on the opening weekend of the League One season.
The towering defender made an impressive 13 clearances, blocked a shot and cleared another off the line.
After his goal Coyle was handed another start but was changed at half time after failing to make an impact.
For the visit of Coventry in the Carabao Cup Medley was an unused substitute but Trae Coyle was introduced on 72 minutes with the side trailing 1-0.
A late penalty saw the game move into a penalty shoot-out and it was left for Coyle to tuck home the winning kick.
Appearances: 3. Starts: 3. Clean Sheets: 1.
Appearances: 4. Starts: 2. Goals: 1.
Matt Smith (Swindon Town).
It’s been a memorable six weeks for midfielder Matt Smith. After picking up a FA Cup winners’ medal the teenager is now enjoying his first season of first-team football.
He made his Swindon debut in a 3-2 loss to West Brom U21s in the EFL Trophy. With 85% pass completion and 94 touches he made a positive contribution.
The teenager kept his place for the 3-1 win over Rochdale – one of three Smiths named in the team – and rewarded that faith with a goal.
Smith will travel to Blackpool this afternoon.
Appearances: 2. Starts: 2. Goals: 1.
Zak Swanson (MVV Maastricht)
It was a forgettable debut for Swanson as Maastricht suffered a heavy 7-1 defeat to Cambuur.
All seven goals had been scored by the time he was replaced by Marco Kleinen on 83 minutes.
He kept his place for the trip to Telstar and the team returned to winning ways with a 2-1 triumph.
The full back lasted 69 minutes before he was substituted before late winner sealed the win for MVV.
Den Bosch are up next on Tuesday.
Appearances: 1. Starts: 1.
Joseph Olowu (Cork City)
Centre-back Olowu joined Cork City back in February but his loan expired during the pandemic when the football calendar was suspended.
However, after enjoying a good spell in Ireland his loan has been extended to see out the season with the Irish side.
Olowu could reach double figures in appearances when Cork take on Dundalk on Sunday.
Appearances: 9. Starts: 9. Goals: 1. Clean Sheets: 4.
Konstantinos Mavropanos (VfB Stuttgart) is yet to feature for the Bundesliga outfit this season.