It’s that time of the week once again, to check in with West Ham United’s loan stars both at home and on the Continent and find out how they’ve performed over the last seven festive days as Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Robert Snodgrass enjoyed some Christmas joy and Reece Burke returned to England.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Starting their run of three matches in under a week on Boxing Day, the Academy pairing and their Trotters side recorded some impressive results over the festive period.
However, it didn’t quite get off on the right foot when they travelled to the North East first of all, as goals from Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga downed Phil Parkinson’s men at the Riverside Stadium.
Both Burke and Cullen didn’t feature at any point during the tie, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth as Wanderers returned to action a few days later.
The defensive duo both started at Bramall Lane with Gary Madine’s effort giving the away side a crucial three points, Burke figuring for the full match though Cullen was substituted on 83 minutes.
However, the latter was not picked to for the starting Xl for the visit of Hull City to the Macron Stadium yesterday afternoon, Burke did Manage to retain his centre-back position.
As it turned out, the midfielder was introduced after just 15 minutes for the injured Karl Henry, once again, a first-half strike from Madine proved the difference, as both youngsters continued to impress in Lancashire.
As a result of the superb run, the Trotters have now climbed out of the Championship Relegation Zone, a rare commodity this campaign, sitting 20th on 25 points, they will be hoping to make it three victories in four games when they clash with Premier League Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup next.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
the Scottish winger Snodgrass was another to endure a frantic period under former Manchester United man Steve Bruce for his Villans outfit.
First up for them was a trip to face the Bees at Griffin Park, but it wouldn’t be a successful outing for them, a solitary goal from Josh Onomah being their only highlight of a 2-1 defeat.
Snodgrass featured for the entirety but couldn’t get on the scoresheet, however, just days later, he would be the star of the show, popping up to net the only strike of the game as Bruce’s men downed former PL rivals Middlesbrough away from home.
The wonderful form of the former Hull man would duly continue just yesterday afternoon, scoring two goals in a home victory over a sorry looking Bristol City side at Villa Park.
This time around, his teammates also got in on the act in front of goal, namely Scott Hogan, Birkir Bjarnason and Conor Hourihane contributing to an incredible 5-0 rout.
A largely fruitful seven or so days for the Midlands club mean they proceed through the month of January in fifth place, comfortably inside the Play-Offs, next up for Snodgrass will be an FA Cup Third Round tie with League One Peterborough United.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
And last but not least, in the far away Bundesliga, as the Christmas break took hold, defensive prodigy Oxford had his loan under Dieter Hecking cancelled and promptly returned to East London.
Starting in June of last year, the 19-year-old’s spell included four Competitive appearances for Gladbach, three coming in the League and one coming in the DFB Pokal Cup, but now, he is vying for a place in David Moyes’ first-team Squad for a clash with West Bromwich Albion.
So, now that you have been given the full lowdown on how the Irons spending temporary time away from the London Stadium have been getting on over the 2017-ending period, how will they fare over the next few days? Join us again on Monday to find out.