The Hammers Loan Report: Elation For Burke, Snodgrass But Frustration For Cullen And Oxford

The Loan Report West Ham

It’s that time of the week again to check in with our Loanee Hammers after a very busy seven days indeed with their respective clubs both in England and across Europe as there was a mixed week for Reece Burke and Josh Cullen, delight for Robert Snodgrass and a shock for Reece Oxford.

Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)

For the first time in a couple of weeks, the young academy duo were both selected for consecutive first-team Squads, having fallen back in favour with Phil Parkinson at The Macron Stadium.

However, it would be a far better seven days for Burke, the bright centre-back, and it would all begin with the home Championship visit of Reading.

Starting his first game in some time, the former Bradford City Player of the Season, he rose to head The Trotters in front on 18 minutes, his first goal for the club as Darren Pratley doubled the advantage a short while later.

But, late goals from Liam Moore and Leandro Bacuna rescued a point for the visitors, while Cullen remained an unused substitute throughout the 90 minutes at The Macron.

That would be the fate of the pairing on Saturday when a tricky trip to Molineux to clash with League leaders Wolves was on the agenda and Parkinson’s men suffered a degrading 5-1 defeat.

The loss left Wanderers rooted to 24th position and licking their wounds, next up for them will be the home visit of Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, will Burke and Cullen see more action in that crucial encounter?

Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)

One man very much in favour with his Manager Steve Bruce is Scottish winger Snodgrass, who started twice in seven days for The Villans, a very successful seven days too.

It all started with last Tuesday’s League win over Chris Coleman’s Sunderland, in which Snodgrass played the full 90 minutes as Albert Adomah and Josh Onomah struck in a 2-1 victory.

It was on to Portman Road at the weekend for the Scot and his teammates with Adomah at the races once more to net twice and give Villa a highly-important away victory, Snodgrass featuring for the entirety once more in Suffolk.

The three points meant that the Midlander’s are now up to a season-high of fourth position, comfortably inside The Play-Off places and with the suggestion of even clinching Automatic Promotion being discuss, they will hope to continue their exciting form on FNF against Leeds United and Elland Road.

Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Last but not least and over 320 miles from East London, there was yet more frustration for the exciting youth prospect that is Oxford last week as he was left disappointed on the bench again.

As he watched on from the sidelines goals from Thorgan Hazard and Matthias Ginter gave Gladbach an unexpected home victory over German giants Bayern Munich.

The win not only kept Die Fohlen fourth in The Bundesliga Standings, just five points behind Bayern at the top, but was also Jupp Heynckes’ first defeat since returning to the helm with the League leaders.

Next up for Dieter Hecking’s men will be a Sunday afternoon away trip to Volkswagen Arena, where Wolfsburg will be the opponents, can Oxford make a second competitive appearance for the club?

So, now that you have been given the lowdown on another frantic week for the Claret & Blue loan stars, join us again next Monday to find out how they get on over the next seven days and to let us know how you think the likes of Burke, Cullen, Snodgrass, and Oxford are doing, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter.

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Luke Glanville
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