It’s that time of the week again, to check in with our Hammer loanees at their various clubs both in England and on the continent as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen were demoted, Robert Snodgrass enjoyed his first Midlands derby and there was a surprise for Reece Oxford.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
The young Academy duo of Burke and Cullen were subject to a change of teams in the last seven days in Lancashire, as Phil Parkinson dropped them down a level to The U23s.
Both youngsters had been enduring the struggles of the first-team this campaign, featuring regularly up until very recently, but are now working under David Lee in The Premier League Professional Development League North Group.
Their first assignment in the side came in the form of a tricky tie with top of the Table Sheffield Wednesday at The Macron Stadium and it would be a resounding success.
Burke and Cullen played the full 90 minutes after starting as goals from Adam Le Fondre, Jeff King, assisted by Burke and Connor Hall gave the young Trotters a 3-1 home victory.
However, the three points were unable to lift them off bottom spot of The PL Professional Development League Group North.
But, a win later this afternoon away at Premier League Huddersfield Town could change that as they look to better the first-team in moving off the foot of The PL2, can the youngsters inspire The Trotters to another impressive scalp?
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
It would be a mixed week for the Scottish winger after beating Fulham at home last time out as he faced a trip to St Andrew’s for his first Second City Derby.
Despite the occasion, things didn’t go exactly to plan for Villa with a disappointing 0-0 draw against a Blues side that are teetering on the brink of the Relegation Zone, with Snodgrass playing the first 60 minutes.
The big headlines were not made on the pitch though, rather off it, where Police made ten arrests as disorder overshadowed the occasion, part of this involved clappers given to City fans and thrown onto the pitch in return, making for widespread criticism.
Luckily for Snodgrass, the sharing of the points just about keeps Steve Bruce’s men inside the Play-Off places in sixth, they will hope for an improvement when they face Sheffield Wednesday at home on Saturday afternoon, after travelling to Deepdale in midweek.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
At long last is what young Academy defender Reece Oxford must have been thinking when he finally made his Gladbach debut on Saturday afternoon.
With Dieter Hecking’s men 1-3 to the good away at Hoffenheim’s Rhein-Neckar-Arena, the former Reading loanee made his bow as an 89th-minute substitute for skipper Lars Stindl.
Meanwhile, before his introduction, the visitors recovered from last weekend’s Bayer Leverkusen thrashing with goals from Thorgan Hazard, Matthias Ginter, and Jannik Vestergaard to cancel out Kerem Demirbay’s early opener for the home side.
Prior to the Bundesliga clash, in which they moved up to sixth in the Table, Gladbach recorded a 0-1 German Cup victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf, but Oxford didn’t feature as expected.
Next up for the centre-back will be the home League visit of Mainz just before the International Break, will the starlet be able to make more of a contribution?
So, now that you have been given the lowdown on how all of our loan stars performed in the penultimate week of Domestic Football before the Break, how will they perform in the next seven days?
A promotion back up to the first-team for Burke and Cullen? A victory for Snodgrass and Villa? Or, more game time for Oxford? Join us again to find out.