It’s that time of the week once again to catch up with West Ham United’s loan stars after seven days of festive Football as there was festive joy for Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Robert Snodgrass in the Championship and Reece Oxford continued to impress far away in the Bundesliga.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Off the back of a disappointing home defeat to Burton Albion, the Academy pairing and the Trotters faced the daunting task of welcoming high-flyers Cardiff City to the Macron Stadium.
But, things wouldn’t quite go to plan for the travelling Blue Birds as they looked to keep up their Promotion pace, with the hosts under Phil Parkinson pulling off a shock.
They achieved this with help from goals from Gary Madine and former Notts County man Josh Vela and it was a crucial three points that saw them go level on points with Sunderland above but still not out of the bottom three.
However, both Burke and Cullen were left on the bench as unused substitutes to their disappointment, although they will be hoping that they can see more game time on Boxing Day when Wanderers make the tricky trip to the Riverside Stadium.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Meanwhile, also in the Championship over the last seven days, Scottish International winger Snodgrass has continued to be a first-team regular at Villa Park.
On Saturday afternoon, Sheffield United were the visitors to the Midlands to play out a four-goal thriller, neither side able to claim the three points, in the end, playing out a 2-2 draw.
All of the game’s goals came in the first 26 minutes with Albert Adomah and Mile Jedinak putting Steve Bruce’s men ahead inside the first ten, before a Clayton Donaldson double ensured the points were split.
Snodgrass played 59 minutes before being substituted and is set for another start the day after Christmas after the Villans remained inside the Play-Off places, this time around, Brentford will be the opponents away from home.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In Germany, bright defensive starlet Oxford and his Gladbach side had one last piece of business to attend to before Football took a winter break in that part of the world.
This was, of course, a DFB Pokal Third Round tie with Bayer Leverkusen, in which the former Reading loanee made his third consecutive start in the centre of the park.
But, it wouldn’t be a successful outing for Dieter Hecking’s men as Leon Bailey’s 70th-minute strike proved to be the only goal of the game, thus knocking Die Fohlen out, they will now enjoy some time off before travelling to Koln in the Bundesliga mid-next month.
So, now that you have found out just how the Hammers loan stars have performed at their respective clubs both England and on the Continent, how will they fare when the festive period continues for some? Join us again on Monday to find out.