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Oladapo Afolayan eyes Mansfield debut while Aji Alese and Nathan Trott prepare for internationals

Only one of West Ham’s eight loanees will be in action for their temporary clubs this weekend. Oladapo Afolayan will be hoping to make his Mansfield Town debut in Saturday’s League Two match.

Championship and abroad loanees

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Five of West Ham’s loanees are in the Championship or abroad. Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic), Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) and Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) get a week off in the Championship. However, Cullen will be on duty with the Republic of Ireland and Diangana is with the England U21 team.

Meanwhile, two Hammers loanees are in Scandinavia – who have an international break this weekend. Sead Haksabanovic will represent Montenegro instead of Swedish top-flight club IFK Norrkoping. Martin Samuelsen has a weekend off from representing Norwegian side FK Haugesund.


There are two West Ham youngsters who would have been playing if they had not received international call-ups. Aji Alese and Nathan Trott will both represent England at youth level rather than their loan clubs.

Football League loanees

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Alese joined Accrington Stanley just before Monday’s deadline. But the 18-year-old will have to wait before his Accrington debut. Instead, he will hope to represent England U19 in Euro qualifiers against Germany and Greece.

Trott has impressed between the sticks for AFC Wimbledon this season. But the 20-year-old will miss the crunch rivalry against Milton Keynes Dons. The towering goalkeeper is in the England U21 squad for games against Kosovo and Turkey.

This leaves Afolayan as the only West Ham loanee preparing for domestic duty. Mansfield host Scunthorpe United – the Football League’s bottom club – and the 21-year-old will be desperate for his Stags debut after being an unused substitute last weekend.

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