Bébé (Pacos de Ferreira) – Bébé started on his debut for Paco, playing the full match in their 3–1 loss to Benfica. Benfica were two goals up after 23 minutes but he came close to reducing the deficit before half-time.
Following a lovely pass, Bébé hurdled a defender’s challenge and tried to go round the keeper. He got pushed wide, took on the shot from a tricky angle and was unlucky to be denied by an off the line clearance.
He was denied again in the second half with a shot from outside the box forcing a fine save. He played mainly on the right wing but sometimes took up central positions.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez came close to putting Zaragoza in front after 26 minutes on his first start. The ball was pulled back to him in the box but his shot went just wide of the post. He was heavily involved in their attacking play, especially in the build up to their third goal. Overall, he had an excellent performance and was unfortunate not to be on the score sheet himself.
Davide Petrucci (Royal Antwerp) – Petrucci started two matches for Royal Antwerp this week, making it four starts from four matches. He played the full match against Tubize. He set up Calabro for the first goal in their 2 – 0 win. He played 52 minutes against Lommel United. He had an early chance at goal but the shot went just over the post.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – After a slow start to his loan spell, Tunnicliffe made his second start against Middlesbrough. Tunnicliffe had a shot on goal which looked like it was going into the top corner but Boro’s keeper pulled off a great save. Ipswich came from behind to secure a 3–1 victory. He played 84 minutes before being subbed off to a warm ovation from the fans. It was a brilliant performance considering he was out of position in a left-midfield role.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell made his debut for Wigan in their 2 – 0 loss to Leicester. He was brought on in the 55th minute to replace Espinoza. He looked lively when he came on, playing in an attacking midfield position. He was involved in most of Wigan’s good attacking play. Given that he’s only been with them less than a week, it’s good to see him get 35 minutes.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl went straight into NEC’s defence for their match against Feyenoord. Those who watch the Under-21s will know Vermijl to be a very reliable, consistent defender so it was strange to see him make a few mistakes.
He kept coming inside, leaving space on the right flank. He didn’t close down quickly enough which allowed a cross go into the box for Feyenoord’s first goal. He was also slow getting back into position when Feyenoord broke forward for their second goal.
That being said, he generally defended well and as the game progressed he became more settled, even venturing forward. Unfortunately, Feyenoord equalised not far from the end and the game ended 3 – 3. All in all, it was a decent debut and he’s getting to play in his preferred right-back position.
Reece James (Carlisle United) – The 19-year-old left back has been out since 7 August after a thigh injury in Carlisle’s victory over Blackburn Rovers in the Capital One Cup. He resumed training earlier this week but wasn’t risked against Sheffield United. He was starting matches prior to his injury but there has been a change of management while he’s been out. Greg Abbott was sacked and it’s looking likely that caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh will be his replacement. Hopefully the change at the top won’t reduce James’ opportunities.