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Three English prospects seal loan switches to the Bundesliga

Updated: Apr 2, 2020

By Ben Higlett and Dan Reuben

Thursday was a big day for some of the UK’s brightest prospects, as three British youngsters moved to the Bundesliga on Deadline Day. The 18-year-old Emile Smith-Rowe moved on loan to RB Leipzig for the rest of the season from Arsenal whilst Schalke signed Welshman Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City for around £10 million. The third player to move was one already familiar with the Bundesliga – Reece Oxford. Having spent most of last season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the 20-year-old was loaned out by his parent club West Ham to FC Augsburg for the rest of the 2018/19 season. Matondo and Oxford both made their debuts, coming off the bench late on for their respective sides. Bayern failed to capitalise on Dortmund’s slip up at Frankfurt as the defending champions’ seven-game Bundesliga winning streak came to an end at the hands of a ruthless Bayer Leverkusen side. Three second-half strikes from the home team cancelled out Leon Goretzka’s first-half opener for Der FCB, allowing Mönchengladbach to leapfrog them into second following their comfortable victory over Schalke. At the other end of the table, Augsburg kept up their Super Bowl tradition with a vital 3-0 win at home to Mainz, opening up some daylight between themselves and the bottom three sides. Hannover, in particular, seem all but doomed to relegation having been swept aside by a clinical RB Leipzig.

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