West Ham suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace but it was a different story for the loanees. Eight West Ham players are out on loan and a number of them staked their claim for a first-team place with their weekend performances.
Manuel Pellegrini scratches his head and weighs up his options and there were some eye-catching performances this weekend. Here is a summary of the eight Hammers loanees.
Grady Diangana is going from strength to strength during his loan spell with West Bromwich Albion. The 21-year-old scored one and assisted another in West Brom’s 4-2 win over Cardiff City.
Operating in an attacking midfield role, Slaven Bilic is turning Diangana into a top talent. The England U21 starlet now has four goals and three assists while the Baggies go into the international break at the top of the league.
Jordan Hugill netted his sixth goal of the season as Queens Park Rangers beat Blackburn Rovers at Loftus Road. Hugill was dropped to the bench after a run of four games without a goal but he proved his point.
With QPR 3-1 up, Hugill sealed the points with a well-placed header into the top corner. The 27-year-old has six goals in 11 games with QPR on the brink of the play-offs.
— Allsvenskan (@AllsvenskanSE) October 5, 2019
Montenegro midfielder Sead Haksabanovic hit the net once again in IFK Norrkoping’s entertaining draw. In the Swedish Allsvenskan, Norrkoping drew 4-4 away at GIF Sundsvall.
The hosts went 3-0 up but Haksabanovic’s 71st-minute strike made it 3-3. Sundsvall retook the lead before another equaliser. Haksabanovic, 20, now has five goals and six assists in his last nine games. This earned him the Allsvenskan Player of the Month accolade for September.
— FK Haugesund (@FKHaugesund) October 6, 2019
Martin Samuelsen smashed in a late winner as FK Haugesund shocked Rosenborg in the Norwegian Elitserien. West Ham’s forgotten man Samuelsen backed up two goals last week with another effort for Haugesund.
It was a dramatic 85th-minute winner from the Norway international – seconds after Rosenborg had equalised. The 22-year-old midfielder is now a striker at Haugesund and his two-goal cameo in the cup earned him a rare start in the league. He did not disappoint.
— Matt Maginniss (@MattMaginniss) October 5, 2019
Nathan Trott helped AFC Wimbledon to their first win of the season. The Dons beat Rochdale 3-2 on Saturday and survived a late onslaught to seal the three points. Wimbledon were 3-0 up after 28 minutes but Ian Henderson’s brace made things nervy.
Trott perhaps could have done better with Rochdale’s goals but he did make one outstanding stop at 3-0. The Wombles are now 21st (three points off safety) ahead of next week’s trip to 22nd-place Southend United. Trott is available for this clash having been dropped by England U21s.
— Josh Cullen (@JoshCullen) October 6, 2019
Josh Cullen played the full 90 minutes again for Charlton Athletic – meaning he hasn’t missed a moment of action since rejoining the South London club. The Republic of Ireland international helped the Addicks to a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage against promotion hopefuls Fulham.
The 23-year-old is an important part of Lee Bowyer’s plans in the central midfield role. Charlton sit in 10th place going into the international break.
Oladapo Afolayan and Aji Alese
Mansfield Town once again left Oladapo Afolayan on the bench as they sealed a dramatic late win against Grimsby Town. The Stags were down to 10 men away from home but Krystian Pearce scored six minutes into stoppage time for the victory. West Ham striker Afolayan watched on from the sidelines.
Aji Alese was also left frustrated. The 18-year-old centre-back has only played once since joining Accrington Stanley and he was unused in the 2-2 draw with Oxford United. Alese misses the next two games as he is on England U19 duty.