Mikel San Jose – San Jose has become a permanent fixture at centre half for Bilbao this season during his loan spell at the club. He started the 4-1 loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp at the weekend. Goals from Jeffren, Lionel Messi and two from Bojan sealed victory for Barca in what was really half a reserve team for the Catalan club. Despite this though, Bilbao are still sixth in the table and are still in contention for Champions League football next season.
Krisztian Nemeth – The Hungarian striker was introduced in the second half in AEK Athens’s 1-1 draw with Panionios last week and worked his socks off during the match.He has just come back from injury but he hasn’t started as many matches as he would have liked this season. Despite this though, there is interest about keeping Nemeth on for another season. New AEK Athens president Adamidis was rumoured to be in England this week to discuss an extension to the loan deal with Liverpool. Nemeth himself in recent months has stated his desire to stay in Athens and has stated recently he would miss the fantastic support from the AEK fans.
Jay Spearing – The midfielder started for Leicester City against QPR in a 4-0 win at the Walkers Stadium yesterday. The win reinforced the Foxes hopes of a playoff place and Spearing played his part in central midfield. Commanding as ever on the ball, he started the game and his ball to Paul Gallagher nearly provided the first opening of the match when the striker’s cross was only just cleared by the Rangers defence. It was really Martyn Waghorn’s day though, as the striker scored a brace to ensure victory for the homeside. Commenting on the loan move to Leicester recently, Spearing commented on Leicester’s promotion prospects:
“It would be wonderful to have play-off winners on my CV and I think we are capable of it. We have a great young side here with plenty of willingness and desire.”
Stephen Darby – Darby has played in the last six league games for Swindon since his loan move from Liverpool back in March. He again started at right back yesterday as the Robins beat Tranmere Rovers 3-0 with prolific strike pairing Charlie Austin and Billy Paynter both on the scoresheet once again. A good clean sheet with Derby in the backline again shows that Swindon are playing well at both ends of the pitch at the moment and it has seen them overtake Millwall and Leeds for the second automatic promotion spot in League One. Darby may well be helping the Robins clinch promotion to the Championship in his two month loan spell.
Robbie Threlfall – Robbie has already scored two goals on his loan spell since joining Bradford City as Peter Taylor’s first signing back in February. He scored on his debut in a 3-1 win over Rochdale and then three games later against Port Vale. Since then, it has been announced that the 21 year old’s loan has been extended until the end of the season and he has so far played 11 league games for the League Two side. He has been a regular at left back but he couldn’t prevent Bradford losing 2-1 to Macclesfield Town. Threlfall enjoys venturing forward from the left, and also is adept at corner kicks. He provided the first opportunity of the match, when he whipped in a great ball for Steve Williams who forced Macclesfield keeper Jonny Brain into a good save. Emile Sinclair put the Maccs into the lead during the first half but Bradford managed to equalise after the break through Luke Oliver before Ben Wright sealed victory for the away side.