It’s that time of the week once again, to check in with West Ham United’s various loanees both at home and on the Continent and see how they have been doing over the past seven days as Robert Snodgrass couldn’t inspire Aston Villa and Reece Burke and Josh Cullen enjoyed a homecoming.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Following Reece Oxford who returned from his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach over the festive period, both of the former Academy stars were re-called from spells with the Trotters last week.
The decisions to call them back to East London was taken by Irons Boss David Moyes as he prepared his team for an FA Cup Third Round clash away at Shrewsbury Town, while Burke and Cullen were getting ready to take on Huddersfield Town for Phil Parkinson’s side.
Both started in the clash at the New Meadow and earned rave reviews, the former featuring in the unaccustomed right-wing-back position and contributing greatly to the keeping of the clean sheet in the 0-0 stalemate.
Meanwhile, the latter figured in the left of midfield, contending for Man of the Match for his display, and being lauded from afar by fans and pundits alike for showing great bravery to battle on after having his front teeth kicked out by Shrewsbury’s Abu Ogogo in the second-half.
However, their short-term future remains in the dark as they were due to travel back to Lancashire to resume their loans at the Macron Stadium, but may now remain in East London forevermore.
Should Moyes wish to keep the two bright charges, they will face an away trip to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, if Parkinson is successful in re-capturing them, they will journey back down to the Capital to face off with Brentford in the Championship at Griffin Park.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Whereas, another loanee also figured in Claret & Blue last weekend and that was, of course, Scotland winger Snodgrass and his Villa side under experienced Manager Steve Bruce.
Fresh from a resounding 5-0 home League thrashing of high-flyers Bristol City which kept them firmly inside the Play-off places, the Midlands club entertained Peterborough United of League One in Round Three of Football’s oldest Competition.
But, against the odds, things didn’t go entirely to plan for the Villans as late goals from Jack Marriott and Ryan Tafazolli cancelled out Keinan Davis’ early corner to give Posh a 1-3 victory and book them a place in the Fourth Round Draw.
Snodgrass did not appear in the Matchday Squad, being rested by Bruce after a tremendously busy and impressive run of games over the Christmas period, but will be hoping to return to action on Saturday evening when his side travel to the City Ground to face off with Nottingham Forest.
So, now that you have been given the full lowdown on how West Ham’s ever-decreasing list of loan players performed over the last week, will they impress over the next few days as attention turns back to Domestic Leagues? Join us again next Monday to find out.