Welcome to a new feature on 7500: tracking the progress of the Villans out on loan to various Championship clubs. With Aston Villa bringing almost nothing but heartbreak week in, week out, and nothing to do except gnaw at our nails while watching the relegation zone, it might be slightly uplifting to keep an eye on Championship teams battling for promotion. Especially when Nathan Delfouneso scores inside five minutes on his debut for Burnley.
Dan's got the full list of Villans out on loan over on Aston Villa Central. Here's a quick list of Villans who are on loan to Championship sides:
Brad Guzan: Hull City
Shane Lowry: Sheffield United
Jonathan Hogg: Portsmouth
Andreas Weimann: Watford
Eric Lichaj: Leeds United
Barry Bannan: Leeds United
Nathan Delfouneso: Burnley
*Note: Isaiah Osbourne is at Sheffield Wednesday, but I cannot care enough about him to cover League One, plus we're all Exeter City fans here. Right?*
For those of you not paying attention to the Championship --- or to George Templeton's much appreciated updates during game threads -- here's a quick summary. Sheffield United are in their own relegation battle, four points below the drop, so it's rather fitting that it's Lowry, a player I forget exists much of the time, that's stuck with The Blades. Portsmouth have fallen far from their heady FA Cup final of last year, and it's going to take more than multiple red cards to Hoggy to get Pompey to play up. Watford are middle of the table but it looks like Andy might be having a bit of difficulty with his injury still, although I haven't paid as much attention as I should. Hull grabbed Brad Guzan back in an emergency loan situation, as they're still trying to make a push for the playoffs.
Leeds United and Burnley are where we'll keep our focus. Both are in the running for the Championship playoff positions, with United there now and the Clarets just outside, in seventh. Burnley quickly capitalized on their pickup of Fonz yesterday, with the striker just tapping in a blocked shot. More finishes like that and he might be challenging Darren Bent for a starting role.
Lichaj got the start against bottom dwellers Preston North End yesterday, and as far as I can tell did nothing silly nor nothing outstanding. Neil Kilkenny is clearly threatened by the loan acquisition of Bannan, however, scoring the opening goal for Leeds. Baz did come on for Kilkenny but it wasn't until the 83rd minute, so there's not a lot to report there. Yet. Fear not, though, for the attentions of Aaron and I will certainly be captured by Leeds. Unfortunately.