It’s that time of the week once again, time to check in with West Ham United’s various different loan starts at their various different temporary clubs, just two have been in action over the last seven days due to the International break, but there is still plenty to cover in Devon, England and Valladolid, Spain.
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle)
We start with the Hammers’ U23 star who has enjoyed being a part of Derek Adams’ Argyle as they push for promotion from League One to the Sky Bet Championship over the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season.
On Saturday afternoon and off the back of a run of eight matches unbeaten that has seen the Pilgrims rise into the play-off positions at times, Argyle travelled to the Valley to do battle with Charlton Athletic.
The starlet and his team would learn in South East London that all goods things must come to an end eventually, going down 2-0 thanks to goals from ex-Hammer Lewis Page and Michal Zyro before the 20-minute mark to Lee Bowyer’s men.
Makasi has been a starter since his maiden goal against Fleetwood Town two weeks ago and played the full 90 minutes in the capital without being substituted in his first loss for the club.
The mature youngster will surely take the loss as a learning curve and be raring to go once again on Good Friday when Southend United will be the visitors to Home Park, the Devon side stayed seventh as a result, level on points with Peterborough United ahead just inside the play-offs.
Antonio Martinez (Real Valladolid)
In the much sunnier climes of Spain, prolific young forward Toni Martinez is back in his homeland for the rest of the term, turning out for Segunda (Second) Division Real Valladolid under the guidance of Luis Cesar Sampedro.
Also, not stopping for the International break, Real travelled to Lugo on Saturday and left frustrated, though the former Spanish youth International would have been pleased to enjoy some minutes on the field.
Despite Luis Ruiz Sayago’s red card for the hosts, the visitors couldn’t claim the three points in a goalless draw, however, things could have been different had luck been on their side in a key moment involving Martinez.
In the latter stages of the affair, the striker got his head to a cross from the right side and thought he had scored his first La Liga 2 goal, only for the referee to rule it out for a push in the penalty area, replays showing minimal contact.
Nevertheless, the non-goal will spur the charge on and he is certainly now pushing for a start on Saturday evening when Valladolid welcome Reus to Estadio Jose Zorrilla, the point meant that they fell to ninth position.
So, now that you’ve been given the full lowdown on how the Claret & Blue loan stars got on in the last week both in England and on the continent, how will they and the other four loanees, Robert Snodgrass, Reece Burke, Martin Samuelsen and Reece Oxford fare as their clubs return from the International week? Join us once again next Monday to find out.