After Domestic Football returned in the wake of a cruelly dull International Break, it’s that time of the week once again to check in with our loan stars at their various clubs both in England and on The Continent as there was more frustration for Reece Burke, Josh Cullen and Reece Oxford and joy on the road for Robert Snodgrass.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
After both being recalled by Trotters Boss Phil Parkinson to first-team duty, it would be a disappointing return to League football for the Academy duo of Burke and Cullen.
The former of the pair would manage to retain his place in The Squad for Friday’s Lancashire Derby clash at Deepdale, but midfielder Cullen, who reportedly will be featuring for the U23s against Burnley tonight, was nowhere to be seen.
Despite this, Burke still didn’t play a minute, being utilised as an unused substitute, as the grudge match failed to yield a single goal and the two sides shared the points.
The stalemate kept Wanderers in 23rd position with only Sunderland below them and next up for Parkinson’s men will be the visit of Reading to The Macron Stadium tomorrow night, a game that the starlets will see they can see some action in.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
By contrast, the Scottish winger is having no such problems with the amount of first-team action that he has been seeing in recent weeks under Steve Bruce at Villa Park.
The former Hull City man played 81 minutes of his side’s impressive 1-2 win at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon as Albert Adomah netted twice for The Villans to mount a comeback after Jamie Mackie had given the home side an early lead.
The three points kept the Birmingham based club in The Play-Off places, fifth, with the end of season aim to return to The Premier League, having been Relegated during the 2015/2016 campaign.
In their next outing, Bruce’s men will face off with the bottom-placed Black Cats at Villa Park on Tuesday, can Snodgrass help to inflict more misery on his former rivals?
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Weeks have now passed since the promising young centre-back made his Bundesliga bow and the story is now very much the same as it was before for Oxford.
Once again, he was an unused substitute on Dieter Hecking’s bench as Gladbach ran out 2-4 winners over Hertha Berlin at The Olympic Stadium, meaning that they now sit fourth in the Standings of the German Top-Flight.
Unlike his fellow loanees, the former Reading man will not be in action over the next few days but will be next week, hoping for a first competitive Die Fohlen start against giants Bayern Munich at home.
So, now that you have been given a comprehensive rundown of how all four of our various loanee Hammers have performed off the back of The International Break, how will they do in the next seven days? Join us again next week to find out.