This week, Bolton's number of players on loan swelled by a massive 50%. Well, kind of. What once was two players plying their trade away from the Reebok Stadium has now become three with the news that Keith Andrews has joined Gary Fraser and Marvin Sordell as a loan player. All three players participated this weekend in match action to varying degrees of success.
Gary Fraser, Bolton's 19-year-old Scottish forward, has become a fixture in his short time at Partick Thistle. His team have had a bright start to the season, going unbeaten in their first two games with a cup win to boot. In the season opener, the Jags drew with Dundee United before winning soundly away from home at Ross County over the weekend. Fraser started for Alan Archibald's side and played the full 90 minutes in the center of the park. Fraser was also instrumental in Thistle's first goal of what would eventually be a 1-3 scoreline in the visitors' favor. Fraser's corner early in the first half was flicked on by Conrad Balatoni to Kris Doolan, who was waiting patiently at the back post to tap in from close range. His side will welcome Heart of Midlothian to Firhill on Friday.
Marvin Sordell has been a bit of a fixture in Chris Powell's Charlton Athletic side but has not yet found the same success that Fraser has. Sordell started for the Addicks in the league once again, ultimately going 77 minutes against Middlesbrough. The match saw Boro pick up their first points of the season in a narrow 1-0 win at the Valley. Sordell managed just one shot in his run out. The shot was not on target. Charlton will travel to Oakwell to take on Barnsley this weekend.
Finally, Keith Andrews would make his debut for Brighton & Hove Albion, having been sent on a year-long loan earlier in the weekend. With Brighton down 2-1 to visitors Derby County, Andrews came on as a 71st minute substitute for Ashley Barnes but could not force another goal for the Seagulls. The midfielder completed 100% of the 12 passes he took but the performance was otherwise unremarkable. Brighton travel to St. Andrews to take on Birmingham City this weekend.