Promotion for Brunt & Mansfield; Champions League confirmed for Kristiansen’s Bologna

Completing end-of-season loan commitments from the Foxes operating away from the King Power Stadium.

– Lewis Brunt helps Mansfield Town to automatic promotion from Sky Bet League 2
– Victor Kristiansen played for Bologna, who will play in the UEFA Champions League next season
– Boubakary Soumaré continues to play a role for up-and-coming Sevilla in La Liga
– Strong finishes to the Sky Bet Championship season for Daniel Iversen and Luke Thomas

As the regular season draws to a close up and down the divisions of the English football pyramid and leagues across Europe, we look at how each of Leicester City’s loan players have fared this campaign.

Where better to start than a promotion and another fruitful spell in the EFL for one of Leicester’s young guns. Lewis Brunt helped guide Mansfield Town to third place in Sky Bet League 2 and into the third tier for the first time since 2003.

The versatile defender played 34 league games as the Stags picked up 86 points from 46 games under Nigel Clough to confirm automatic promotion alongside Wrexham and champions Stockport County. The 23-year-old scored two goals and assisted another along the way, playing 40 times in all competitions.

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Boubakary Soumaré

Boubakary Soumaré

Soumaré battles for possession with Alexander Sørloth during the weekend’s match against Villarreal.

Passing into Italy, of Victor Kristiansen Bologna have booked a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League with two games to play. The Emilia-Romagna side beat Napoli 3-1 on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run in Serie A to eight games.

Kristiansen, who has four goals in 31 games this season, played throughout at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, with his deflected cross helping to open the scoring. Moving above Juventus and third in the league standings, Bologna face off And the Bianconeri home next Monday (19:45 start).

Meanwhile, Sevilla’s mid-season switch led Rojiblancos up to 12th in La Liga ahead of the final three games of 2023/24. Boubakary Soumaré played a key role in the heart of midfield, appearing 32 times (26 in the league), playing 90 minutes in each of the last 14 matches.

Defeated 3-2 by Villarreal CF on Saturday, Quique Sánchez Flores’ side snapped a five-match unbeaten run and will look to return home to relegation-threatened Cádiz on Wednesday night (6.30pm kick-off).

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Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas

The left-back started at home to Leeds United before also being named in the XI for the final two games of the campaign.

to Luke Thomas the second half of the season took him to Teesside and a spell at Middlesbrough under Michael Carrick. Despite failing to reach the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, a positive season at the Riverside Stadium ended with a 3-1 home win over Watford after dispatching Cardiff City 4-1 with a week earlier.

The former England Under-21 international, who was on loan at Sheffield United in the opening months of the campaign, started those two successes, playing a total of 12 Championship games for eighth-placed Boro.

Elsewhere, in the second level, Daniel Iversen helped secure Stoke City’s Championship status with a string of impressive performances between the sticks. The Potters, who brought in the 26-year-old in January, finished 17th after three consecutive wins – all without conceding a goal.

With seven stops in total across his 18 games at the bet365 Stadium, the Dane has been largely instrumental in getting Steven Schumacher’s side over the line as they have lost just one of their last eight games.

In the Eredivisie, attacker Development Squad Zach Booth It has he made 26 appearances for FC Volendam but could not prevent the Dutch outfit from suffering relegation to the second tier.

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Daniel Iversen

Daniel Iversen

The Danish prop ended the season with a run of three consecutive clean sheets.

Four successive defeats have sealed their fate and with one final game remaining, at home to the Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday (1.30pm kick-off), the American will be looking to add to his tally of four clean sheets.

Another member of the Under-21 team, Paul Appiah, saw his time at Maidstone United come to an end after seeing the Stones reach the National League South play-offs, losing in the semi-finals to Worthing after finishing fourth in the regular season. The reliable Dutch defender featured 18 times in total for United.

Nathan Opoku suffered a serious leg injury while playing with OH Leuven in the Jupiler League Europe Play-Offs at the end of last month, unfortunately ended his campaign after scoring twice in 20 appearances.

The OHL is fourth in the play-off group, three points behind Sint-Truidense VV’s Shinji Okazaki, who they will face on Friday (19:45) in the penultimate game.

All times BST.

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