It’s that time of the week once again, time for us to analyse all of eight of West Ham United’s loanees to check in with how they’ve been getting on at their various temporary clubs in the past seven days, this week, Edimilson Fernandes helped Fiorentina to maintain their 100% Serie A record and Josh Cullen shined on his Charlton Athletic debut.
Marcus Browne (Oxford United)
We start our great journey through the Hammers’ loan stars on familiar shores, down in Sky Bet League One with starlet midfielder Marcus Browne, on a season-long loan with Oxford United.
The Academy of Football product was left out of the squad by manager Karl Robinson for last Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup win at Newport County, but returned to the starting Xl and played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, helping his new team, who face Fulham’s U23s in the Checkatrade Trophy tonight, to a hard-fought point away at Sunderland, their fourth point of the campaign.
Martin Samuelsen (VVV-Venlo)
Over in continental Europe, young winger Martin Samuelson continues to enjoy his spell with Eredivisie outfit VVV-Venlo, one that is believed to be his last shot at forging a career for himself at East London.
The former Manchester City man is certainly not doing himself any harm in that regard, establishing himself as a regular starter for the club with his latest coming in the weekend’s home draw with Heerenveen, up next for the ninth-placed team is a trip to De Graafschap, after the International break.
Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough)
Back in England and in the division below the Premier League, January signing from Preston North End Jordan Hugill has fallen on his feet at his boyhood club in the Sky Bet Championship, Middlesbrough.
Having impressed In a friendly win over Hartlepool Town, Hugill made his first starting Xl when Rochdale visited the Riverside last Tuesday evening, in Round Two of the Carabao Cup, it would be a dream debut as he netted the second goal in a 2-0 victory, but it wasn’t enough for him to play a part in a goalless draw with title rivals Leeds United on Friday evening.
Sam Byram (Nottingham Forest)
Sticking with the Championship, a week of mixed emotions would be on the table for young English right-back Sam Byram, with joy quickly turning to a familiar misery on loan at Nottingham Forest.
The ex-Leeds star started in the League Cup visit of PL Newcastle United to the City Ground and laid on a second-minute assist for ex-Magpie Daryl Murphy to open the scoring, only to pick up a knee injury before the break in the 3-1 triumph, he has been out of action since and the extent of the knock is still not known as the injury-prone defender awaits can results.
Edimilson Fernandes (Fiorentina)
In the faraway and fancy reaches of the Italian Top-Flight, young swiss International midfielder Edimilson Fernandes has been part of something special on his loan with Fiorentina, so far.
Although they have only contested two league matches, the Violets have kept intact a 100 per cent record with a 6-1 thumping of Chievo, which was followed by Sunday’s slim home beating of Udinese, the latter of which saw the versatile youngster stay on for the whole match, he will be hoping to do the same away at Napoli, in just under two weeks.
Toni Martinez (Rayo Majadahonda)
Sticking with the continental European theme, prolific forward Antonio Martinez is back in his homeland and more specifically, the Segunda Division for the second consecutive season, this time around, on loan at La Liga 2 newcomers Rayo Majadahonda.
Two days ago, Antonio Iriondo’s men were the visitors to Gimnastic and went in search of their first win in their new league, Martinez, featuring from the start and being substituted early in the second period, helped them to achieve it and the club will be hoping to get a run going, starting with next Monday evening’s home tie with Lugo.
Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic)
Since we brought you the last Loan Report, there has been an addition to the loan list, taking the total of Irons stars currently out on loan up to eight, 22-year-old central midfielder Josh Cullen making the short move to Sky Bet League One Charlton Athletic.
Having signed last Thursday, he was thrown straight into the action by ex-Hammer Lee Bowyer, playing a starting role as Athletic defeated local rivals Southend United at Roots Hall in a crazy game that involved three red cards, the three points lifted them up to tenth ahead of tonight’s Checkatrade trophy clash with AFC Wimbledon at the Valley.
And The Others
And last but not least, Montenegrin International midfielder Sead Haksabanovic carries on being left out of Malaga matchday squads, the latest being for the most recent victory away at Almeria for the recently-relegated team, he will be hoping to break into the first-team of Manuel Pellegrini’s ex-club sooner rather than later, on his first-ever loan
So, now that you’ve been given the full analysis on how Pellegrini’s loan stars have fared, both at home and on the continent, over the course of the last week, how will they get on in the next seven days as many of the domestic leagues pause for the International break? Join us once more, this time next week, to find out.