It’s that time of the week yet again, to check in with West Ham United’s various different loan stars in various different parts of Britain and see how they’ve been getting on over the last week, as Robert Snodgrass’ Aston Villa marched on and Martin Samuelsen made his Burton Albion bow.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Fresh from a handy away victory at the City Ground last weekend, the Scottish winger and his Villa side, under Steve Bruce, welcomed Barnsley to Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
It would very much be a case of picking up where they left off for the Midlands club as they sailed to a fourth successive triumph in the League and boosted their hopes of Automatic Qualification dramatically.
The hosts first took the lead on five minutes, Scott Hogan getting it and doubling it just two minutes later, Dimitri Cavare pulled one back for the Tykes, although Connor Hourihane soon made it 3-1.
That’s how things would remain in the affair, all the goals being scored inside the first 20 minutes, leaving Villans just three points off Derby County in second place, chasing Promotion back to the promised land of the Premier League.
Snodgrass featured for the full 90 minutes and pin another admirable display amid rumours about his future sparked by his recent impressive form in Claret & Blue.
Next up for the attacker and Bruce’s men will be a tricky trip to Bramall Lane where they will face off with Play-Off rivals Sheffield United just on the evening of Tuesday 30 January 2018.
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion)
It was announced mid-last week by both West Ham and Burton that young Norwegian winger Samuelsen was to sign on loan with the Brewers until the end of the season.
The full-International has been recircuited by son of Brian, Nigel Clough to help with the club’s fight for survival in the Championship and his first assignment was a tough journey to Craven Cottage two days ago.
Samuelsen was picked in the starting Xl by the reputable Boss to make his debut in yellow and black, but it’s fair to say, it was an afternoon to forget for Albion.
Strikes from Rui Fonte, Lucas Piazon, Ryan Sessegnon and Aboubakar Kamara condemned the visitors to a ruthless 6-0 thrashing, one that leaves them in limbo at the bottom of the English Second Division Table.
Samuelsen’s team now sit in 20th, though only two points from safety with the bottom four teams in the League locked tightly together, the Brewers will next be in action next Tuesday night, hosting Reading.
So, now that you’ve been given the full lowdown on how the Claret & blue loanees got on over the past seven days, how will they do in this coming week? More Snodgrass success? A better second outing for Samuelsen? Join us again next Monday week to find out.