It’s that time of the week again, to check in with our Hammer loan stars at their various clubs both in England and on The Continent to review all their action from the last seven days as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen endured a mixed week, Robert Snodgrass tasted Villa Park disappointment and it was back to usual for Reece Oxford.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Having impressed in their one and only showing for The trotters U23 side in a victory over Sheffield Wednesday the week previous, Phil Parkinson promoted the young pair back up to the first-team.
However, the decision would come at just the wrong time for Burke as he sustained a hip injury in training that has kept him out for the last seven days, but Cullen was fit and ready to go.
The week began with last Tuesday’s thrilling trip to The Stadium of Light, where Sunderland came from behind twice to force an incredible 3-3 draw on Wearside, although Cullen was an unused substitute.
On to Saturday’s Macron Stadium clash with Norwich City, which presented Parkinson’s men to climb off bottom spot for the first time since early in the season.
Wanderers would do that very thing as goals from Gary Madine and Adam Armstrong gave them a shock 2-1 victory on home soil and lifted them up to 23rd place and condemn The Black Cats to rock bottom.
However, yet again, the young midfielder did not feature from the bench as he fights to regain his starting place, his teammate Burke is expected to recover in time for the trip to Deepdale after The International Break, can they make more of an impact?
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
It would be a busy week for the Scottish winger in The Midlands with Aston Villa, with him featuring in midweek and at the weekend amid mixed fortunes.
Off the back of a disappointing Derby Day draw at St Andrew’s, The Villans travelled to Deepdale to face off with Preston North End in The Championship.
With Snodgrass starting, James Chester gave the visitors a 12th minute lead before the Scotsman himself popped up for his first goal in Claret & Blue to secure a 0-2 win.
However, things wouldn’t go so swimmingly on Saturday afternoon when Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors to Villa Park, as Skipper John Terry hobbled off injured.
And strikes from Adam Reach and Jordan Rhodes meant that a late Christopher Samba goal was merely a constellation and Wednesday claimed an impressive away win, as Snodgrass was substituted on 40 minutes much to his disgust.
Despite this, the loanee winger and his side remained comfortably inside The Play-Off spots in fifth place and with a tricky trip to Loftus Road awaiting after The International Break.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
After the thrill of making his Bundesliga debut last weekend, things would go back to how they were for young prodigy Oxford as he was left frustrated in Germany.
The former Reading loanee would see no action from the bench, with Dieter Hecking’s men failing to overcome Mainz on home soil, as Jannik Vestergaard’s header cancelled out Abdou Diallo’s early opener for the visitors.
He will be hoping to appear again for Die Fohlen after The International Break with an away trip to Berlin on the menu, as rumours of his return to East London continue to flow.
So, now that you have been given the lowdown on all the spoils and thrills endured by our Claret & Blue loan stars over the past week, what will the rest of the year hold for them? With the final International Break of 2017 taking over for the next two weeks.