Snodgrass Moves To Verge Of Play-Off Final While Oxford Missing From Last Gladbach Squad
It’s that time of the week once again, time to check in with West Ham United’s three remaining loan stars to see how they’ve been getting on with their various clubs over the past week both at home and on the continent, as Robert Snodgrass helped his Aston Villa team to the brink of the Championship play-off final and Reece Oxford suffered a fresh injury setback in Germany.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
We start in the second tier of English football where the Scottish winger and his Villa side under Steve Bruce faced a tough test in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final away at Middlesbrough.
Snodgrass started and played the full 90 minutes at the Riverside Stadium with his team coming away with a 0-1 victory, they welcome the Boro back to Villa Park on Tuesday evening where the attacker is expected to keep his starting place, they know that if they avoid defeat, they will be through to face Fulham in the final, playing for a place in the Premier League.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In the faraway reaches of the Bundesliga, after making his comeback from injury to appear in Dieter Hecking’s Gladbach’s victory over Freiburg, young defender Oxford wasn’t fit enough for Sunday’s season finale at Hamburg.
In the absence of the young prodigy, Die Fohlen fell to a 3-1 loss to end a disappointing campaign in ninth position, the match signalled the end of the Academy of Football product’s loan in the German Top-Flight, and he will now return to East London amid swirling rumours about his future.
Antonio Martinez (Real Valladolid)
We conclude, after last week’s loss of two loanees due to the end of the Championship season, in the much sunnier climes of Spain, where prolific striker Martinez is enjoying a spell in his homeland, helping Luis Cesar Sampedro’s Valladolid’s chase for promotion from the Segunda (Second) Division.
Two weeks after his first goal in Spanish first-team football, the starlet was left out of the starting Xl once more for the visit of Albacete to the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, figuring as an unused substitute on a 3-2 win for his teammates, it was one that gave their play-off hosts a huge boost as they are now level on points with Numancia in sixth, with two games remaining, the first being Saturday’s trip to Lorca.
So, now that you’ve been given the full low-down on how the Claret & Blue loan stars fared over the last seven days, how will they get on over the next week as the Championship play-off semis conclude and the run-in hots up in Spain? Join once again early next week to find out.