Everton winger Ademola Lookman was the very definition of an impact substitute this weekend, coming on for RB Leipzig with just a dozen minutes left to play in a 0-0 game and then scoring the winner against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
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Sandro Ramirez’ debut for Sevilla did not go as well though. He started the game as the left winger in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but opponents Eibar scored early and often as they raced to a 4-1 lead before Ramirez was taken off after 66 minutes, having made little impact on the game. Eibar went on to add a fifth, as Sevilla stayed in sixth place in La Liga.
Kevin Mirallas also saw his Olympiakos side fall to a 2-1 defeat despite the hosts taking the lead in the 81st minute. The Belgian played as lead striker but all he managed to do was get called offside twice.
There was a red card for Middlesbrough over the weekend, but it wasn’t Muhamed Besic on the receiving end. The Bosnian midfielder was named as a substitute but didn’t see the pitch in a 1-0 loss away at Norwich.
Despite hiring a new manager, Nottingham Forest continue to see a dip in their fortunes with consecutive losses. Kieran Dowell was the Reds’ best player on the pitch but still fell to a 3-0 home loss against Preston, before getting moved out to the left wing on Saturday at Fulham. The change didn’t make a difference though, as he was booked early in the second half before getting taken off in a 2-0 defeat.
It was a better weekend for Antonee Robinson, as he laid on an inadvertent assist for Sammy Ameobi as Bolton Wanderers won 1-0 against Bristol City to climb out of the Championship relegation zone. Harry Charsley was an unused substitute.
Things continue to go from worse to even worse for Sunderland as they lost twice - 3-1 to Birmingham and 0-2 against Ipswich Town. Tyias Browning played the full ninety minutes in both games, and was one of the Black Cats better players in the Ipswich loss. Brendan Galloway was an unused substitute in the first game. Callum Connolly played well as a holding midfielder in the Tractor Boys win, making six clearances and blocking a shot.
There were rumours last week that the Blues had turned down an outright purchase offer on defender Matthew Pennington from Leeds United, and he was the best lilywhites’ player on the pitch on Saturday but it didn’t count for much as they were soundly spanked at home by Cardiff City. Leeds were already down two goals when they had their right back sent off in a 4-1 defeat, with Pennington making 4 tackles, 1 interception, 11 clearances and blocking one shot.
Midfielder Joe Williams was once again Barnsley’s best player on his return from a three-game suspension following a straight red card three weeks ago. He had the most touches of any Tykes and laid on two key passes, as well as 4 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 clearances, but was unable to prevent his side from losing 1-0 at Queens Park Rangers.
Finally, Henry Onyekuru has returned to Anderlecht to continue his recuperation for his knee ailment, with no word on when he can start training again.