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On Their Loansome: Wolf Moon Rising

We just had a Wolf Moon and a certain Wolf did great. Coincidence?

1. FC Cologne - Arminia Bielefeld Photo by Rolf Vennenbernd/picture alliance via Getty Images

Welcome to FTW’s weekly recap of each Borussia Dortmund loanee’s performances at their respective clubs. BVB have four players out on loan, whose loans end on June 30, 2021. For funsies (and because 16-hour drives are long), we’ll also check in with a certain player that has a buy-back clause. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Leonardo Balerdi (CB)

Olympique Marseille (Ligue 1)

The January 30th match between Olympique Marseille and Stade Rennes was canceled after a violent attack on the Marseille training facility by Ultras supporter groups.

On February 2nd, André Villas-Boas stepped down from his coaching duties, effective immediately. It will be interesting to see how this affects our loanee moving forward. The French outlet Téléfoot has reported that Marseille may be interested in signing Balerdi’s former boss Lucien Favre. Balerdi had a difficult time getting minutes under Favre, so he probably isn’t too excited about this prospect.

Marseille was back in game action on February 3rd, when they faced off against RC Lens. They drew 2-2. Leonardo Balerdi was not on the game day roster.

Balerdi has one assist and four yellow cards in eight appearances (seven starts).

Sergio Gómez (AM)

SD Huesca (La Liga)

In the basement duel between SD Huesca and Real Valladolid on January 29th, Huesca was able to pull out a 3-1 win, thanks to a hat-trick from Rafa Mir. Sergio Gómez was substituted on in the 87th minute.

Gómez has one assist in 15 La Liga appearances (two starts).

Immanuel Pherai (AM)

PEC Zwolle (Eredivisie)

PEC Zwolle traveled to FC Utrecht and drew 3-3 on January 30th. It was a wild ride, including a red card. Immanuel Pherai was substituted off at the half. He had one shot, drew two fouls, and committed two fouls.

Pherai has one goal and two assists in 15 Eredivisie appearances (10 starts).

FC Utrecht v PEC Zwolle - Dutch Eredivisie Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images

Marius Wolf (RW)

1. FC Köln (Bundesliga)

1. FC Köln beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 in the Kellerduell on January 31st. Marius Wolf did really well, scoring two goals (9’, 28’) on two shots in his 90 minutes of playing time. He also was credited with one shot-creating action and drawing three fouls.

Wolf has two goals, two assists, and two yellow cards in 17 Bundesliga appearances (16 starts).

In DFB Pokal action on February 3rd, Köln lost 4-3 after penalty kicks to 2. Bundesliga side Jahn Regensburg in the Round of 16. Wolf got subbed off after 33 minutes due to injury. He had no noteworthy actions (you know, besides rolling his ankle).

Wolf finishes with no points and two starts in the DFB Pokal.

1. FC Koeln v DSC Arminia Bielefeld - Bundesliga Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Alexander Isak (FW)

Real Sociedad San Sebastian (La Liga)

The Swedish forward has been with Real Sociedad San Sebastian (hello, Adnan Januzaj) since June 30, 2019. In the 2020/21 La Liga season, he has 17 appearances (13 starts), six goals, two assists, and three yellow cards.

In the January 30th game against FC Villareal (hello, Paco Alcácer), which San Sebastian drew 1-1, Alexander Isak had one (last-minute) goal. He played the full 90, had six shots, a pass completion rate over 90%, and committed two fouls.

He also had six appearances (five starts) and zero points in the Europa League.

Villarreal CF v Real Sociedad - La Liga Santander Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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