It’s now time to check in with our Hammer loanees and all of the action from their respective clubs in the last seven days, as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen couldn’t prevent another miserable week for the Trotters, Robert Snodgrass endured a mixed seven days with Aston Villa and Reece Oxford continued to watch on from the Bundesliga bench.
Reece Burke And Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
The bright young Academy duo of Reece Burke and Josh Cullen continued their fighting efforts in a Bolton Wanderers shirt last weekend, but it was no use as Phil Parkinson’s men were condemned to defeat yet again.
Both Burke and Cullen played a full 90 minutes at Portman Road as goals from Cole Skuse and David McGoldrick mean that the Trotters stayed in bottom spot for another week.
Furthermore, Parkinson’s men are still without a Sky Bet Championship victory in this campaign and have collected just two points from their opening eight games, with six defeats to their name.
Ironically, in midweek, Bolton travelled to The London Stadium in Round Three of the Carabao Cup, where goals from Angelo Ogbonna, Diafra Sakho, and Arthur Masuaku were enough for a 3-0 thrashing.
For reasons outlined in their loan contracts, Burke and Cullen were ineligible to feature against their parent club, which only proved as a hindrance for the Wanderers.
Tomorrow afternoon, they welcome the Bees to The Macron Stadium in what is surely one of the club’s biggest games in recent history and one that Parkinson is expected to need to win to keep his Job.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
The Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass has been enjoying a regular starting place for Steve Bruce at Villa Park of late, but he hasn’t totally been in favour over the last week in the Midlands.
Snodgrass started at Oakwell live on Sky Sports for Villa as they were the 0-3 victors thanks to a double from Albert Adomah and a second-half strike courtesy of Keinan Davis.
But, the No7 was substituted in the 83rd minute with Iceland international Birkir Bjarnason replacing him.
Furthermore, Snodgrass was left out entirely of Villa’s squad in midweek for the Carabao Cup visit of Middlesbrough, as Tommy Elphick was dismissed and Patrick Bamford netted twice in a 0-2 triumph for the visitors.
Next up for Villa and the 30-year-old will be the visit of Nottingham Forest to Villa Park in Sky Sports’ Saturday evening game, as the Lions aim to climb into the top half of the Championship table. But, will Snodgrass feature?
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
It was to be yet another frustrating week for young centre-back Reece Oxford as he continued to be left out of the Gladbach side under Dieter Hecking in the Bundesliga.
Oxford watched from the sidelines six days ago as Die Fohlen drew 2-2 with RB Leipzig at The Red Bull Arena Leipzig, with Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl netting for the visitors.
On Tuesday night, Gladbach got back to winning ways against VfB Stuttgart with a 2-0 victory courtesy of Raffael, Oxford was again an unused substitute.
However, he will be hoping for a Bundesliga debut tomorrow evening as his Gladbach side take on Borussia Dortmund at Westfalenstadion in what is usually a magnificent spectacle.
So, with our loan roundup complete, how will our loanee stars fare over an action-packed weekend of football, both in England and in Germany?