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LOAN WATCH: More promising performances from out-on-loan Sunderland youngsters in Scotland!

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Goals, assists and man of the match performances - Sunderland’s out on loan youngsters continue to impress north of the border. Could they have been useful to us this season?

Another goal and assist for Nelson
Falkirk FC

Sunderland U23 utility man Tom Beadling has impressed so far whilst out on loan at Dunfermline United. The 22-year-old has been used as both an attacking and defensive midfielder by his manager, former Sunderland winger Allan Johnston.

Dunfermline hammered Scottish Championship rivals Queen of the South 3-1 on Saturday, and the Barrow-born youngster completed the full 90 minutes in a midfield two alongside James Craigen.

A solid performance lead Dunfermline fan site Pars Review to comment that:

Tom Beadling never gives up: hunting down opponents, breaking up play and winning back possession are all aspects of his game that he excelled at against Queen of the South.

The academy graduate has a fourteen-year association with our club but thus far has failed to make a single senior appearance for the Black Cats, with his long-term future as a Sunderland player not quite clear.

Dunfermline FC

Midfielder Didier Ndong was once again absent from Watford’s matchday squad for their 2-2 against Bournemouth at Vicarage Road. The 23-year old joined the Hornets on transfer deadline day but has yet to register a single appearance in Javia Gracia’s side.

The Gabon international was on the bench for the games with West Ham United and Stoke City, before missing the last four games - with no sign that he’ll ever return.

Speaking to the Hertfordshire Mercury, the Watford manager said:

We choose other options because we have more players available and I choose what I think is best.

The deal that brought Ndong to Vicarage Road from the North East included a clause meaning the move would be made permanent provided the midfielder reached a certain amount of appearances.

Fortunately for Ndong, his lack of recent football didn’t cost him his place in the Gabon side as he was called up to their squad for recent games in ‘King’s Cup’ in Thailand.

Promising forward Andrew Nelson bagged an assist and scored the third goal of Falkirk’s 3-0 drubbing at home to Brechin in the Scottish Championship.

Nelson - from Bishop Auckland - is highly thought of by the Bairns faithful and having been given the opportunity to play regular football, he’s certainly seizing the opportunity.

The Academy of Light product has impressed in recent weeks - welcome news back on Wearside, particularly as the youngster has another year left to run on his deal after signing an improved contract before he left in the January transfer window.

Fabio Borini was dropped to the bench as his AC Milan side lost 3-1 to title challengers Juventus in Serie A last Saturday.

The Versatile Italian has featured sporadically for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season, including the Europa League second leg loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Borini started at right back again for Milan before the international break against Emmanuel Giaccherini’s Chievo. The former Liverpool man was hooked on 60 minutes for Andre Silva as the Italian giants looked to win the game, and the change paid off with the Portuguese striker netting the winner in a 3-2 victory.

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Papy Djilobodji didn’t feature in Dijon’s side drew 3-1 loss at home to Olympique Marseille after playing both games for Senegal over the international break.

The loss result leaves the former Chelsea man’s side - nicknamed The Mustards - sitting 11th in Ligue 1 with 38 points from 31 matches as the French club enjoy a comfortable mid-table season.