It’s that time of the week again to check in with the Hammers loan stars at their various clubs both in England and on the Continent as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen were left disappointed, so too Robert Snodgrass but it would be a magical seven days for Reece Oxford.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Off the back of a disappointing away defeat at Nottingham Forest, the Academy pairing and their Trotters side played host to fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion on Saturday.
However, things wouldn’t go to plan for Phil Parkinson’s men, as the Brewers left the Macron Stadium with all three points, coming courtesy of an early strike from Lloyd Dyer.
Despite featuring frequently in recent weeks, Burke, the starlet defender was forced to watch the whole encounter from the substitutes’ bench, along with teammate Cullen.
The defeat ensured that Wanderers fell back into the bottom three for the first time since last month, now sitting in 23rd position, next up for them will be the visit of high-flying Cardiff City, will the former Bradford City duo be able to see more action in that clash?
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Elsewhere in the second tier of English Football, this particular Scotland international Winger and his Villa side make the tricky trip to Pride Park, where Derby County were the opposition.
And it would be a familiar story, with goals from former Villa man Andreas Weimann and an added-time effort by Johnny Russell condemning Steve Bruce’s men to an away defeat.
Snodgrass, formerly of Hull City, started in his custom right-wing position and featured for the full 90 minutes plus injury time, unable to have a real impact on the affair.
As a result, the Midlands club remained fifth, comfortably inside the Play-Off places and will go up against Sheffield United at Villa Park in their final encounter before Christmas.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
On the flip side, it would be a truly memorable week for Youth prodigy Oxford in the Bundesliga with Dieter Hecking’s Gladbach, after a long period of frustration.
Borussia were first in action on Tuesday night, facing Freiburg in the Top-Flight, a clash in which the starlet was handed his first competitive start for the club.
He wouldn’t disappoint either and although the hosts were victorious thanks to a penalty from Skipper Nils Petersen, Oxford earned rave reviews for his showing, playing for the entirety of the affair.
After that, the Germans had gone a third consecutive match without victory, however, that was all to change on Friday night, when the defender was picked in the starting Xl once more, becoming the first Englishman since 2014 to make consecutive starts in that particular League.
This time, it would be a much happier outing for his team as they got one over Hamburg at Borussia Park, Thorgan Hazard and Raffael able to net for the home side.
Oxford so very nearly got his name on the scoresheet in the early stages, striking a superb volley against the bar as the onlooking keeper Christian Mathenia could do nothing about it, but he impressed on the whole once more slightly further forward in midfield.
Next up for Die Fohlen will be a feisty DFB Pokal Cup tie with Bayer Leverkusen on home turf, after the week’s League action left them in sixth position, will Oxford be able to continue his run in the Cup?
So, now that you have been given the full lowdown on how the Claret & Blue loanees performed at the beginning of the festive period, join us again on Christmas-Eve to find out how they fared in their next seven days of Footballing action.