Sunderland U23 starlet Tom Beadling continues to impress while out on loan at Scottish Championship side Dunfermline United. The 22-year-old has been utilised as both an attacking and defensive midfielder by his manager - and former Sunderland winger - Allan Johnston.
The academy graduate has a fourteen-year association with Sunderland but thus far has failed to make a single senior appearance for the Black Cats. Yet, despite this, he has made three appearances north of the boarder in as many weeks, scoring a debut goal in a 2-1 loss away Morton.
The Barrow-born lad then helped his side to keep consecutive clean sheets, firstly away Livingston and secondly away to Queen of the South, playing the full 90 minutes in both fixtures, and man marking the prolific Stephen Dobbie out of the game against The Doonhamers.
When Beadling left Sunderland, The Chronicle reported the loan move would signal the end of his Sunderland career, but given Sunderland's possible drop into League One could the 2018/2019 season see Beadling cement himself as a key player on Wearside?
Wahbi Khazri's return from injury saw the 27-year-old find the net for Rennes in Ligue 1 against ESTAC Troyes, with the attacking midfielder burying a 47th minute penalty to take his tally for the season to eight goals in 16 leauge appearances.
Since arriving back in France the former Bordeaux man has been rather prolific, displaying quality and goal-scoring ability. Khazri has been deployed mainly as a false nine and off the left in a front three for Sabri Lamouchi’s Les Rouges et Noirs and has developed a solid partnership with former West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho.
Sunderland's goalkeeper James Talbot has returned to Wearside early from a loan stint with National League North side Darlington FC having lost his place in the team following a bad mistake in a game with Alfreton Town.
Darlo manager Tommy Wright decided to send Talbot back to the North East after a conversation with Kevin Ball;
I had a chat with Kev Ball at Sunderland. We have been doing really well, Tally made a mistake but we haven’t dwelled on it.
He’s actually gone back with a shoulder niggle, which I think has affected him a little bit.
Sunderland are going to keep him until the end of the season when his contract is up.
The Irishman has represented his country at U16, U17 and U19 level and is one of the Black Cats' most promising young players, and it had been hoped that a spell away on loan at a competitive level of football would be the making of him.
AC Milan’s good form continued as Gennaro Gattuso’s men defeated Roma 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico, with on-loan forward Fabio Borini coming on a substitute to play the final eight minutes.
The Italian forward recently scored a in a 3-0 away win to Ludogorets in the Europa League last Thursday - with the 26-year-old coolly firing home to complete a comfortable victory for the Rossoneri.
Jeremain Lens was an unused substitute as his Beşiktaş teammates handed out a hammering to 3-1 hammering to his former club Fenerbahçe S.K on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Dutch winger has struggled to cement a starting position since his summer arrival, often coming on late in games from the bench.
Papy Djilobodji played a full 90 minutes in the middle of three central defenders in a back five as his Dijon side beat Caen Malherbe 2-0 at the Stade Gaston Gérard, the result leaves The Mustards 11th in Ligue 1 with 35 points from 27 matches played.
Elsewhere, Andrew Nelson started and played a full 90 minutes for Scottish Championship side Falkirk in The Bairns' 0-0 away to Dumbarton.
Lastly, defender Michael Ledger still hasn't appeared for crisis club Hartlepool United for a short while as a result of an injury problem he’s still nursing. His side were defeated again this weekend on the back of manager Craig Harrison losing his job last week due to a string of poor results.