Tottenham Hotspur fell to a fifth Premier League defeat in their last six matches on Sunday afternoon, going down 2-1 at the hands of West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Goals either side of the half time interval from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard fired the Hammers into a two-goal lead before Lucas Moura offered Jose Mourinho’s side a glimmer of hope with a well-taken header.
Although Spurs produced a spirited second half showing, which almost saw Gareth Bale net a stunning equaliser with a fierce effort that cannoned back off the crossbar, it was to no avail, meaning they lost more ground on the top four.
But whilst it was an afternoon for Spurs to forget, some of the club’s loan players enjoyed success over the weekend, both here in England and abroad.
Here, football.london has taken a close look at how a select few that Spurs have sent out on loan this season in search of more regular game time got on over the weekend.
Oliver Skipp (Norwich City)
Another weekend, another impressive display from midfield ace Skipp. The talented 20-year-old, who joined Championship promotion hopefuls Norwich City on loan for the season last summer, has continued to go from strength to strength for the Canaries, playing a key role in their push for an immediate return to the Premier League.
On Saturday, the central-midfielder was once again key in helping Daniel Farke’s side record another three-point haul as Teemu Pukki’s fourth goal in three games helped them record a 1-0 home win over Rotherham United.
In the Pink Un’s player ratings, Skipp was awarded an eight, with the caption: “His maturity is off the richter. Even when it got tense in the second half, constantly showing for the ball in tight areas and the composure to play through the lines.
Skipp has been earning rave reviews from the Norwich fans ever since arriving in Norfolk last summer and he has been vital to their plans, starting all 31 of their Championship matches so far.
Jack Clarke (Stoke City)
Winger Clarke also found himself on the winning side of a scoreline in the Championship on Saturday afternoon, stepping off the substitutes bench as Stoke City defeated Luton Town 3-0 at the bet365 Stadium.
Nick Powell’s brace fired the Potters into a two-goal lead before Steven Fletcher claimed his second goal in as many games just four minutes after Clarke climbed off the bench, ensuring the Potters’ play-off charge was handed a massive boost.
Since joining the Staffordshire-based club in January, the former Leeds United man has frequently found himself acting as a substitute, with half of his eight appearances so far coming from the bench.
He will be hoping to return to the starting line-up when the Potters face Barnsley at Oakwell on Wednesday evening.
Troy Parrott (Ipswich Town)
After struggling to get into a rhythm at Millwall during the first half of the season because of an ankle injury, Parrott was recalled by Spurs on deadline day before being immediately being sent back out on loan – joining League One outfit Ipswich Town.
Whilst the Tractor Boys’ addition of the 19-year-old was seen as a major coup, the Republic of Ireland has, unfortunately, failed to hit the ground running in Suffolk, firing blanks in his first four appearances for the club.
He played the full 90 minutes of Saturday’s draw against Oxford United at Portman Road but was unable to find his maiden goal for the club in a game that ended goalless.
As he continues to regain his sharpness and adapt to his new surroundings, he will be hoping that the goal he desperately craves soon arrives.
Paulo Gazzaniga (Elche)
In the hope of securing more regular first-team football, goalkeeper Gazzaniga joined La Liga outfit Elche on loan for the remainder of the season in January.
However, the 29-year-old’s time in Spain has so far not gone according to plan, with the Argentine still awaiting his debut. On Saturday, he once again acted as an unused substitute for the third game in succession as Elche recorded a 1-0 home win over relegation rivals Eibar.
Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
Like Gazzaniga, Argentine centre-back Foyth is also plying his trade in Spain at this moment in time. The defender has been on loan at Villarreal since October and has been a regular under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
As the Yellow Submarines played out a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club on Sunday, Foyth once again showed his versatility as he slotted in at right-back, meaning he has now played there, centre-back and central-defensive midfield this term.
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In total, Foyth has racked up 18 appearances in Spain this term, chipping in with one goal.
Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim)
Like Gazzaniga and Foyth, versatile left-sided star Sessegnon also swapped north London for a move abroad this season in an attempt to try and earn some more regular minutes on the pitch, joining German outfit Hoffenheim.
Having produced some promising performances up until January, the former Fulham man was hit by an ankle injury, ruling him out for just over six weeks.
On Sunday, though, the 20-year-old made his return to action, stepping off the bench for the final three minutes of Hoffenheim’s 4-0 win over Werder Bremen, offering him encouragement that he can soon start to store more minutes under his belt.
In total, Sessegnon has racked up 12 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit, scoring two goals and claiming two assists.