It’s that time of the week yet again, to check in with our various loan stars after a busy week of Football both in England and on The Continent as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen tasted sweet victory, Robert Snodgrass performed well on the road and there was yet more frustration for Reece Oxford in Germany.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
In the wake of a 5-1 away embarrassment at the hands of Championship Leaders Wolves, it would be a much more joyous week for Phil Parkinson’s Trotters and our loan paring.
Although Cullen, the defensive midfielder, would miss out on a place in The first-team Squad for Saturday’s home clash with Barnsley at The Macron stadium.
Defender Burke started and turn heads with a superb display just weeks after netting his first goal for Wanderers against Reading, as goals from Gary Madine and Mark Little gave the hosts a key triumph, cancelling out Tom Bradshaw’s early penalty for the away side.
Cullen, 2016/2017 EFL Young Player of the Year, will feature for Bolton’s U23 team tonight against Birmingham City at The Leyland County Ground, can he play his way back into the fold?
Whereas, Parkinson’s men will be back in action on Saturday afternoon with a very tricky trip to face Nottingham Forest at The City Ground, after their most recent three points took them up and out of the drop zone in 21st place.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
It would be a slightly less successful seven days for the Scottish winger under Steve Bruce at Villa Park, following up a Championship win with a draw in The Midlands.
In action live on Sky Sports on Friday night, and on their travels to a fierce Elland Road, Villans held their own as substitute Henri Lansbury struck in the 71st minute, after Pontus Jansson had put Leeds ahead early on.
Snodgrass played the full 90 minutes, continuing to be utilised as a regular first-team member by his Gaffer, with Villa ending up in fifth place, just inside The Play-Offs, in the wake of the sharing of the points.
In their next outing, the midfielder and his other Claret & blue team face off with Millwall at home, can he help to get one over his parent club’s bitterest rivals at the weekend?
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Last but not least in The Bundesliga, centre-back prodigy Oxford endured yet another tough seven days in a Gladbach Shirt under Dieter Hecking over 390 miles from east London.
He watched on from the bench once more as Die Fohlen were turned over 3-0 at Volkswagen Arena by Wolfsburg, they reached their victory target with goals from Yunus Malli, Daniel Didavi and Josuha Guilavogui.
The defeat left Oxford and his side fourth in the German Top-Flight Standings and with a home tie against Schalke in waiting next Saturday evening, will the starlet see a second taster of German Competitive action?
So, now that you have been given the lowdown on how our Claret & Blue loanees got on over the past seven days, how will they perform this week as the Festive period starts to swing in? Join us again to find out.