Masuaku secures clean sheet in Beşiktaş-Fenerbahçe derby

Loan Watch: Masuaku features as Besiktas beat Konyaspor

Only three West Ham United loanees featured in action for their respective clubs over the last weekend; each with different levels of success. 

Undoubtedly, Arthur Masuaku enjoyed the best fixture of the trio as he played the full 90 minutes for Besiktas as they secured a late 2-1 away win against Konyaspor.

It was the home side who took the lead in Saturday’s contest at the Torku Arena, with the ball ending up in the net inside the first minute in unfortunate circumstances for Masuaku and his teammates. 

A back-pass was played to goalkeeper Mert Günok and, while the shot-stopper looked to control the ball, he instead allowed it to roll across the goal-line. 

Besiktas immediately went on the press to level the fixture, creating numerous opportunities, but had to wait until the second half to find the back of the net.

A flowing move down the left flank saw Georges-Kévin Nkoudou link with Gedson Fernandes, who in turn played a neat backheel into the path of Cenk Tosun. The striker coolly dispatched his effort into the corner.

Frantic, end-to-end action followed, but just as it seemed the contest would finish level, Tayfur Bingöl set up Souza inside the area on 90+5 minutes, with the Brazilian sweeping home the late winner.

Nikola Vlašić

A ninth win of the season puts Besiktas fifth in the Turkish Super Lig, on 32 points, but with a game in hand on all four teams ahead of them in the division.

Elsewhere in Europe, Nikola Vlašić and his Torino teammates were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat, at home to Sepezia.

Forward M'Bala Nzola scored the only goal of the contest at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, netting from the penalty spot on 28 minutes. 

It was a harsh blow on a Torino side who dominated the possession in Sunday's outing, with the loss leaving the side ninth in the table and without a win in four Serie A matches.

Finally, Thierry Nevers made his debut for Bradford City after joining them on loan last Tuesday, coming off the bench in a 0-0 draw away to AFC Wimbledon.

thierry nevers in action

Mark Hughes’ side came close to taking the lead just after the interval, as Vadaine Oliver missed from Jamie Walker’s teasing cross, with Walker being dismissed for two yellow cards.

Nevers made his first appearance for the EFL League Two side on 82 minutes, replacing Abo Eisa, with the fixture ending as a stalemate.
Bradford sit seventh in EFL League Two  - just inside the play-off places – on 40 points.

Two other West Ham loanees are set to be in early-week action. 

Mipo Odubeko and his Port Vale teammates continue their EFL League One campaign at home to Peterborough United on Monday evening, while Jacob Knightbridge and Harrow Borough will be in action on Tuesday evening against Halifax Town after the game was postponed on Saturday.