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Loan Watch: Dream debut for new Bhoy Denayer

  • 19 August 2014 11:55
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc / Written by @pjanicbutton
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Loan Watch returns with a bang for the new season as City’s loan rangers enjoyed a stellar week for their new sides.

Top of the bill is Belgian defender Jason Denayer, who took little time to make an impression in the Scottish top flight. The centre-back lashed home the opening goal for Champions Celtic, helping them to a 6-1 demolition over Dundee United in front of 44,000 jubilant fans, and capped off his dream debut by taking home the Man of the Match award.

Bhoys manager Ronny Deila spoke highly of the City starlet in his post-match interview: “It was the display of Jason Denayer which impressed me most. We should enjoy him while we have him as he’s going to be a real star with Manchester City.”

Celtic now turn their attentions to the Champions League – they face Maribor on Wednesday in the first of a two-legged tie to determine the glittering prize of a place in the Champions League group stages.

Denayer told the Daily Record: “It is a massive motivation, the chance to get into the group stage.

“For me, it is a dream. Ever since I started playing football, it is the tournament I have dreamed about playing in one day.

“Now I have that possibility with Celtic and I want to take it.

“I could never have imagined this a few weeks ago when I was playing for the elite development squad at City. Now it is a massive change for me.

“The young City players go to all the home games in the Champions League at the Etihad as spectators. But now I have the opportunity to get out on to the pitch, which would be amazing.”

Meanwhile, Devante Cole has swelled the ranks of EDS starlets heading out on loan by joining League One side Barnsley until January.

The City and England u19s striker scored 16 goals for Patrick Vieira’s side last term, and will be aiming to further his development with a first loan spell in the Football League.

Tykes manager, Danny Wilson told the club's official website: “What we’ve got is a highly-promising young lad who wants to start his league football off. He’s had plenty of opportunities to go to clubs but he’s decided we are the right one for him. We’re very privileged in that respect.

“Now we have to try and develop him by giving him games at first-team level. What he has got is great pace and an eye for goal. He can be a very exciting acquisition for us.”

Adam Drury has joined EDS teammate Ellis Plummer in agreeing a season long loan deal with St Mirren. The Grimsby-born full back will be available to make his Buddies debut against Dundee at the weekend subject to international clearance. 

This is Drury's second loan spell after he made 14 appearances for Burton Albion in 2012/13. 

Plummer has already been making his mark north of the border - the 19-year-old lasted the full duration of St Mirren’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hamilton Academical at the weekend, earned the Man of the Match award, and drew plenty of praise from the Buddies faithful.

Ellis Plummer

On the continent, Marcos Lopes was introduced at half-time for Rene Girard’s Lille, who got their first win of the season away to Caen on Friday night.

Divock Origi’s penalty in the 69th minute gave the French side the points and ensured the perfect preparation for their own Champions League qualifier with Porto.

Karim Rekik returned to PSV Eindhoven for a second year and went straight into the starting XI.

He tasted victory on his first appearance back for the Dutch side, who were on the right end of a 6-1 rout in the Eredivisie match with NAC Breda. The 19-year old turned in a typically composed performance, and had a pass accuracy of 87.9%.

The defender said: "I know the players and my place here. It's nice that I can play a lot of matches here.

"This is why I think this is the best choice for me.”

Elsewhere, Ghanaian Bismark Boateng played a key part for Norwegian Champions Strømsgodset in their narrow victory over Start on Friday night. The defender netted the equaliser for his side in the 23rd minute and lasted until the 71st before being replaced by Bisser Jradi.

In League One, left-back Greg Leigh played the full 90 minutes as Crewe were condemned to a 2-1 loss away to Barnsley. The Sale-born man registered the assist for Alex’s opening goal, but couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to a second league defeat.

In the Championship, highly-rated Welshman Emyr Huws got another 90 minutes under his belt but was unable to prevent Wigan falling to a 2-1 loss to Charlton. Uwe Rosler’s side have yet to pick up a win this season.

Norwegian keeper Eirik Holmen Johansen was between the sticks once more for Sandefjord as they continued their impressive run with a 2-1 win over Mjøndalen, cementing their place at the top of Norway’s Second Tier.

Albert Rusnak played the best part of Eredivisie outfit Cambuur’s 2-2 draw with Vitesse, before being substituted in the 81st minute.

More locally, Billy O’Brien took his place between the sticks for Hyde FC, but finished on the losing side as the Tigers went down 3-1 to Barrow.

Godsway Donyoh was unable to take part in Falkenberg’s clash with Atvidabergs as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem. 

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