2nd March 2020

There was no shortage of match action for Colossal’s talents over the past few days with both Arber Zeneli returning from an anterior cruciate ligament injury and Albert Rusnak kicking-off his season in the MLS with Real Salt Lake.

It was at youth level where Cody Drameh and Martell Taylor-Crossdale justified their great potential, with Cody assisting twice and Martell scoring in Fulham U23s 3-0 away win over Sunderland on Saturday morning.

Here is a full rundown in this weekend’s latest review:

Weekend Stats

Total Appearances: 7

Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 433

Players of the Week: Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale

  • Cody grabbed two assists, creating Martell’s goal, sealing 3-0 at Sunderland
  • Cody played the full 90, whilst Martell came on in 68th minute for Fulham U23s
  • The Development Squad are currently 11th in the PL2 Division Two table

Cody and Martell made vital contributions in restoring Fulham U23s winning formula in a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Sunderland on Saturday.

Right-back Cody demonstrated how vital he’s been to the Development Squad’s creativity going forward, with the second of his two assists finding Martell with a perfect cross to add gloss on the scoreboard.

Both Cody’s and Martell’s displays at the Academy of Light showed that they’re on the right track in evolving as first-team players for a Fulham side contending for Premier League promotion this season.

Albert Rusnak

  • Albert completed the full 90 minutes in his MLS season opener on Sunday evening
  • Albert’s Real Salt Lake played out a spirited goalless draw away to Orlando City
  • The Slovakian international was utilised as a number 10 in a more central role

Albert’s competitive season with Real Salt Lake kicked-off with a stalemate draw at Orlando City with the 25-year-old playing the entirety of Sunday night’s clash.

The Slovakian played a big part of Salt Lake’s attacking output, with two shots including a long-range effort that deflected just wide of the post in the 88th minute. Albert was also willing to track back playing as a central attacking midfielder, making two tackles.

In a solid start to the season for Albert, the former Manchester City man will want to improve on Salt Lake’s last campaign that ended in the western conference semi-finals of the MLS Cup.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

  • Alex started and played 65 minutes of Liverpool’s shock 3-0 defeat at Watford
  • The encounter at Vicarage Road was Alex’s 20th league appearance of the season
  • Alex’s side still remain an unassailable 22 points clear as Premier League leaders

Despite a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Watford, Alex continued his regular role in Liverpool’s midfield three with the Reds still just four wins away from a first Premier League title.

Although the loss means an end to a 44-unbeaten streak, Alex has played a key part in a record-equalling 18-league game run having scored three goals including strikes in back-to-back matches against West Ham and Southampton.

Alex and his teammates have the chance to quickly get back to their common winning ways as Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge, taking on Chelsea in the fifth-round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.

Arber Zeneli

  • Arber came back from a nine-month injury lay-off in Reims’ 1-1 draw at Monaco
  • The skilful winger has been out since playing for Kosovo vs Montenegro in June
  • Reims are only eight points off Ligue 1’s Europa League qualification spot

Arber was brought on for the final five minutes of normal time in his first game back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury as Stade Reims earnt a point away to AS Monaco on Saturday.

The 25-year-old had been out of action since Kosovo’s European Championship Qualifying campaign, missing the start of the season with Reims.

With Reims eight points behind a place in Europe for next campaign as well as play-offs for the Euros to be played in three weeks, Arber won’t be short of motivation in his return to the field.

David Sesay

  • David started and played 71 minutes in Crawley Town’s 1-1 draw at Exeter City
  • The 21-year-old featured as a left midfielder with the visitor’s playing 4-4-2
  • Crawley remain 12th in League Two, 11 points behind the play-off places

David Sesay returned to the Crawley Town starting XI on Saturday afternoon in another stellar individual display as the Red Devils drew 1-1 away to Exeter City.

Facing a third-place Exeter side with ambitions on promotion to League One, David certainly held his own again in a different role playing as a left-midfielder in the draw, winning two aerial duels.

Whilst Crawley’s ambitions of moving up from League Two are slightly slimmer than their recent opponents, David’s inclusion back into the team has seem him steady the team’s ship in mid-table of the fourth tier.

Raheem Sterling

  • Raheem lifted his third Carabao Cup title in a 2-1 Wembley win against Aston Villa
  • Sunday’s clash was Raheem’s second game back from a four-week injury absence
  • This latest trophy was Raheem’s seventh major honour at just 25-years-old

Raheem sealed his third Carabao Cup at his familiar home of Wembley in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Following on from his spectacular substitute appearance in helping Manchester City seal a memorable comeback win at Real Madrid, Raheem was rewarded with a first start since suffering with an injury at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in February.

With Raheem playing another instrumental role in City’s control of the affair with 70% possession, the 25-year-old was once again on the winning side at the home of English football.