It’s that time of the week again to check in with West Ham United’s loan stars at their various cubs both in England and on the Continent over the last week, this time around, Robert Snodgrass put in an admirable showing to help his Aston Villa side to a key away victory.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
While his fellow loanees Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Reece Oxford returned to East London this month, being re-called from spells at Bolton Wanderers and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively, the Scottish winger has remained in the Second Tier of English Football with Aston Villa.
But, strictly speaking, the winger is loving life in the Midlands at the moment, his latest season total of goals and assists in the Championship stands at five and seven.
At the weekend, his Villa side, under the experienced Steve Bruce, made the tough trip to face off with Nottingham Forest, under newly-appointed former Middlesbrough Manager Aitor Karanka at the City Ground.
But, it wouldn’t be a successful welcome party for Forest’s 10th different Boss in the space of under seven years as the visitors very much reigned supreme live on Sky Sports.
The clash’s definitive moment and only goal came in the 18th minute, with Snodgrass getting into a superb position on the wing before delivering a tempting cross into a dangerous area.
There to meet it was the man who very nearly became his teammate at the London Stadium, Scott Hogan to head home emphatically past Jordan Smith in the wake of making a lethal run into the box.
Despite only creating the strike, the Scotland International put in a productive, hard-working and highly-impressive performance to win the Man of the Match award.
The three points could well prove crucial to Villans’ bid to gain Promotion back to the Premier League, they moved up into fourth above Bristol City and are now just five points off Derby County in second place, an Automatic Promotion spot.
Snodgrass and Villa will be hoping that they can extend their three-game League winning streak when they face off with Barnsley at Villa Park, a tie that will be played out next Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the trio of re-called loanees have been settling back into life in East London nicely, although Oxford is yet to feature in a Matchday Squad having only returning to training from a foot injury on Friday morning.
However, the Academy of Football products Burke and Cullen were both included in David Moyes’ Squad that travelled to the John Smith’s Stadium two days ago, watching on from the bench as their team triumphed 1-4.
So, now that you have been given the full lowdown on how the Hammers who are temporarily at different Clubs have been getting on over the last seven or so days, how will they do in this coming week? Join us again next Monday to find out.