It’s that time of the week again, time to check in with West Ham United’s various loan starts to see how they’ve been getting on over the past seven days after a week off for Emirates FA Cup action, as Robert Snodgrass’ Aston Villa continued to march on and five more Hammers starlets embarked on short-term spells away from East London.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Fresh from an impressive League home win over Barnsley, followed by a weekend off whilst the Fourth-Round of the FA Cup took place, it would be another highly-impressive week for Steve Bruce’s Villans.
Their first Championship challenge of it saw a trip to Bramall Lane to face off with fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield United last Tuesday evening live on Sky Sports.
The Scottish winger started and featured for the entirety in the pivotal clash and it looked for all the world like the home side were going to hold in for a 0-0 draw.
But, it would be Snodgrass’ night as he picked up the ball and curled it into the far corner in simply stunning fashion and with added-time looming to give his team the three points.
There was little time to rest for the Midlands club as they were back in action once again the League, mere days later, hosting local rivals strugglers Burton Albion at Villa Park two days ago.
Once again, Snodgrass was among the starters, but this time around, saw himself substituted in favour of Manchester United loanee Axel Tuanzebe with the hosts going on to record a 3-2 triumph depute some nervous moments late on.
A very successful short period for the former Premier league outfit sees them move up into third in the Sky Bet Championship table, a single point off Derby County in second, an Automatic promotion spot, next up for them will be the Midlands Derby visit of Birmingham City on Sunday lunchtime live on Sky Sports.
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion)
Off the back of tasting a heavy defeat away at Fulham in his Albion debut, Norwegian International winger Samuelsen also had a busy week for the Brewers.
It all started with a home tie with Reading for Nigel Clough’s men who were unable to gain any key home points in the fight for survival at the Pirelli Stadium, going down 1-3.
However, there was some encouragement for Samuelsen, an impressive 77-minute performance to build on his bow, though he would miss the aforementioned Villa clash through illness.
Samuelsen will be hoping that he can return to fitness in time for Albion’s trip to Portman Road on Saturday afternoon, his Manager will too, with their side sitting rock bottom and two points adrift of safety in the second tier.
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers)
Deadline Day was a particularly busy one in terms of outgoings for West Ham, especially loans with a series of young starlets departing on a temporary basis, many of them until the summer.
One of these was defender Reece Burke, who had already spent the first-half of the season with Bolton Wanderers, being re-called amid an injury crisis in early January.
But, only re-joining on Thursday, Burke was ineligible to feature in Phil Parkinson’s men’s home tie with high-flyers Bristol City on Friday night, one they pulled an unlikely win off in, 1-0.
It was enough to keep Wanderers out of the bottom three in 20th position on 29 points, they are next in action on Saturday, entertaining Fulham, while Burke’s initial fellow loanee Josh Cullen has remained with David Moyes’ Senior Squad.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Another man returning to the place he has spent much of this season was the England youth International Oxford, hooking back up with Dieter Hecking’s Bundesliga Gladbach outfit.
Die Fohlen currently sit in eighth their League table and the defender is expected to pick up from where he left off in this weekend’s game with Stuttgart, having missed out on the starting Xl in Saturday’s Top-Flight loss to RB Leipzig.
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle)
Development Squad vice-captain Makasi was one of the later loans to be announced last week, making the trip to the South West to join up with Plymouth for the rest of the season under Derek Adams.
The bright young Hammers was even signed in time to feature as a part of the Matchday Squad in the Saturday afternoon League one victory over Blackburn Rovers and will be geared to go for the journey to Shrewsbury seven days later, it is his first loan switch.
Antonio Martinez (Real Valladolid)
Abd finally, Spanish prodigy and forward Martinez was also selected late on in the January Transfer Window to gain some extra experience for a few months in his native land.
The prolific youngster’s destination was Paco Herrera’s Real Valladolid in the Segunda (Second) Division of Spanish Football and he could well make his debut for the club in the Friday night trip to Grenada, having missed out on the home clash with Cultural Leonesa.
So, now that you have been given the full lowdown on how the six Claret & Blue loan stars enjoyed the end of January and the start of February, how will they get on over the next seven days of Footballing action? Join us again next Monday to find out.