It’s that time of the week once again, time to check in with West Ham United’s various different loanees to see how they’re getting on at their various different clubs both in the United Kingdom and on the continent as Robert Snodgrass helped Aston Villa boost their faint aromatic promotion hopes and Reece Burke and Bolton Wanderers fell dangerously towards the drop zone in the Sky Bet Championship.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
Fresh from defeating Leeds United at Villa Park the weekend before to all but secure themselves a play-off spot, the Scottish winger and Steve Bruce’s Villans side travelled to Suffolk to face Ipswich Town in the hope of keeping their faint second place hopes alive.
Snodgrass was forced to start in the substitutes’ bench for the first time in 37 matches and unused as his team romped to a 0-4 away thrashing that kept them in fourth position, four points off Cardiff City in second ahead of Saturday’s home clash with promotion rivals Derby County.
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion)
At the other end of the Championship table, Norway International winger Samuelsen is enjoying the challenge of a relegation battle with Nigel Clough and his Brewers team, they faced off with fellow strugglers Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday after the previous match’s win over Derby.
The youngster started on the bench and did not feature with his team claiming a dramatic victory that relegated the Black Cats to Sky Bet League One and moved them level on points with Barnsley directly above in 22nd, two from safety, they next host Bolton Wanderers in a vital Pirelli Stadium encounter on Saturday.
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers)
Also very much in the relegation mixing pot in that league are Phil Parkinson’s Wanderers, with whom young defender Burke is spending the rest of his season, on Saturday, they hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers fresh from a draw with relegation rivals Barnsley.
Wolves travelled to the Marcon Stadium needing a win to be crowned champions and they got this convincingly, 0-4 as the youngster watched on from the bench for the entirety, it left the Trotters just two points above the drop zone and one place in 21st before journeying to the Midlands to clash with Burton in the aforementioned six-pointer at the weekend.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In the faraway reaches of the German Top-Flight, where the Academy of Football product is spending the remainder of his 2017/2018 campaign, Dieter Hecking’s Gladbach welcomed relegation-threatened Wolfsburg to Borussia-Park after a thrashing by leaders Bayern Munich.
Unfortunately, Oxford missed the match as he continues to be sidelined by injury, Die Fohlen did win the game, however, 3-0, meaning that they ended the weekend eighth in the league table and travel to Schalke next Saturday afternoon, the charge will be looking to get back to full fitness as soon as possible.
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle)
Back in England and League One more specifically, West Ham U23 vice-captain Makasi has been re-called from his loan spell at Home Park due to a serious knee injury that required surgery and has ended his season.
In the first game since the midfielder returned to East London, Derek Adams’ men saw their play-off hopes severely damaged by a defeat to Northampton Town on the road, they fell to seventh as a result, three points outside of sixth position with Rochdale to play away this evening.
Antonio Martinez (Real Valladolid)
And last but not least, in the Sunnier climes of Spain, where the prolific forward is back in his homeland with Luis Cesar Sampedro’s Valladolid, Martinez missed the victory over Real Oviedo on Friday night through suspension due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Real were bouncing back from a loss to high-flying Sporting Gijon the match before and with the three points, now find themselves just four points behind Real Zaragoza in sixth, the final play-off place in the race to promotion to La Liga, the former Valencia striker will return from his suspension on Saturday afternoon when his side face Cadiz on home soil.
So, now that you’ve been given the full lowdown on how the Hammers’ loan stars got on over the last seven days with their temporary teams, how will they fare over the next week as the domestic season in Europe reaches fever pitch? Join us once again early next week to find out.