Only two of West Ham’s eight loanees were in action this weekend. Oladapo Afolayan and Nathan Trott were both on duty in the Football League despite the international break.
Aji Alese, on loan at Accrington Stanley, would have played but he is in the England U19 squad. Meanwhile, Championship trio Josh Cullen, Grady Diangana and Jordan Hugill were not in action for their club teams.
West Ham also have two loanees in Scandinavia. Sead Haksabanovic’s spell in Sweden has just come to an end (and he played against England on Thursday night). Meanwhile, Martin Samuelsen had a weekend off from duty with Norwegian side FK Haugesund.
Here is a summary of how Afolayan and Trott got on at the weekend…
Afolayan was snubbed by Mansfield Town manager John Dempster. The 21-year-old was named on the bench but the Stags made all three substitutes instead of bringing Afolayan off the bench.
This included Danny Rose, a striker who had not quite recovered from injury. The decision to play Rose ahead of Afolayan immediately backfired. Five minutes after entering the field of play, Rose was injured again and he had to come off. With no subs left, Mansfield played the final five minutes with 10 men.
Afolayan has struggled for game time since joining Mansfield. Once again, Mansfield failed to score as they drew 0-0 with Macclesfield Town. This leaves them in mid-table.
Trott started in goal for AFC Wimbledon but could not prevent a 2-0 loss away at Blackpool. The Tangerines are flying and moved to fifth with the win. The Wombles are struggling but still remain outside of the drop zone.
Despite Wimbledon’s struggles, Trott has enjoyed an impressive personal start to the season. The 20-year-old was named in the League One Team of the Month for October but has been dropped by England U21s for now.
Trott made a few decent saves for Wimbledon but could not prevent a 2-0 scoreline. It looks like the Bermuda-born goalkeeper will have a relegation battle this season.