It’s that time of the week again to check in with our Hammer loanees at their various Clubs both in England and Continental Europe, as Reece Burke and Josh Cullen were dropped by Phil Parkinson, Robert Snodgrass netted his first for Villa and Reece Oxford endured another week on Borussia Monchengladbach’s bench.
Reece Burke and Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers)
Things went from bad to worse this week for Bolton Wanderers and more specifically the Academy duo of Reece Burke and Josh Cullen as their miserable loan continued over the past seven days.
The Trotters, who sit rock bottom of The Sky Bet Championship and without a win to their name so far, faced the challenge of a trip to Ashton Gate and Villa Park in the last seven days.
Having been publicly criticised and subsequently dropped by Bolton Boss Phil Parkinson, Burke and Cullen were unused substitutes on both ties.
However, Parkinson’s decision was no tactical wonder as a new week brought the same old problems for The Wanderers.
Successive defeats on Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon have now left Bolton in even deeper lumber, will Parkinson turn back to his starlets to rescue him in the home visit of Sheffield Wednesday after the Break?
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
On the contrary to Burke and Cullen, Robert Snodgrass enjoyed another fantastic week under Steve Bruce In The Midlands, as Villa’s form continued to improve.
The Scottish Winger started and played a major role in The Lions’ midweek victory over Burton Albion, as he netted on 32 minutes for his first goal in Claret & Blue.
Villa’s other goals that night came courtesy of Albert Adomah, Josh Onomah and Keinan Davis at The Pirelli Stadium.
Yesterday afternoon offered Snodgrass the chance to face off with fellow loanees Reece Burke and Josh Cullen, but they were both benched as the midfielder aided his Side to a 1-0 win via a Jonathan Kodjia penalty.
Aston Villa and Snodgrass are now seventh after four consecutive League triumphs, a run which they will hope to extend when they travel to Molineux to face high-flyers Wolves after the Break.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Another disappointing afternoon for Reece Oxford mirrored the tone of the weekend for our starlet Hammer loanees, as he was again an unused substitute in The Bundesliga.
However, there was a slight constellation for Oxford as he watched his Borussia Monchengladbach team steal a pivotal late victory over Hannover 96 through a Thorgan Hazard penalty.
Interestingly, rumors this weekend have centred around the young centre-back returning to London due to his lack of game time under Dieter Hecking proving unsatisfactory to Slaven Bilic.
So, will Oxford depart Germany having not featured once competitively for Die Fohlen? Or, will he appear on the bench again when Gladbach face a trip to Werder Bremen in two weeks’ time?
So, with our last loan roundup before the international break now complete, how will our stars get on with their international countries? Before domestic football returns later in the month.