West Ham had five loanees in action this weekend.
Of the eight players currently out on loan, only five were given game time. Oladapo Afolayan (Mansfield Town) and Aji Alese (Accrington Stanley) were not included in their clubs’ respective matchday squads.
Alese has been missing since he was substituted at half-time for England U19s and he missed the 7-1 win over Bolton Wanderers. There was no official word on Afolayan. Meanwhile, Sead Haksabanovic’s season with IFK Norrkoping has come to an end.
Here is a summary of the other five Hammers loanees.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) November 25, 2019
Josh Cullen has been in excellent form for Charlton Athletic this season while the West Ham midfield has struggled. This has led to calls suggesting he might be recalled in January and given a reprieve.
But the Republic of Ireland international’s chances of being West Ham’s saviour have fallen after his injury. In the match against Cardiff City, Cullen was stretchered off after 56 minutes with the Addicks 2-1 up.
Charlton eventually drew 2-2 and are in mid-table. Cullen, 23, had played every minute of every league game since returning to Charlton on loan but his injury could be a bad one.
West Ham’s forgotten man Jordan Hugill got on the scoresheet in the West London derby. In an away game against Fulham, the 27-year-old opened the scoring after just three minutes, bundling in from close range.
It was Hugill’s 10th goal of the season but his first in a month. Hugill’s early strike put QPR 1-0 up but Fulham roared back to win 2-1 thanks to an Aboubakar Kamara double.
— Ferdinand K. Haaland (@Ferdis) November 24, 2019
Martin Samuelsen is another forgotten man who scored this weekend. In Sunday’s Eliteserien clash with Sarpsborg, Samuelsen scored a 75th-minute equaliser as FK Haugesund earned a draw.
The 22-year-old has been turned into a striker this season after returning to his home city. He might be heading back on a permanent basis in the future to rejoin the mid-table club.
Grady Diangana continued to exhibit his flair and talent with an impressive performance for West Brom. He played his part in the dramatic 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday at The Hawthorns.
The 21-year-old didn’t score or get an assist but he did draw the challenge to get Owls defender Liam Palmer sent off. The Baggies, led by Slaven Bilic, are top of the league.
Important 3pts yesterday 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/kp0h8iE0IV
— Nathan Trott (@Nathan_trott) November 24, 2019
While Roberto’s struggles continue at West Ham, young loanee Nathan Trott is thriving between the sticks. Playing for struggling AFC Wimbledon, he has been a rare shining light for the South Londoners.
The 21-year-old kept a clean sheet as Scott Wagstaff earned the Dons a 1-0 win. Trott held firm and didn’t concede as Wimbledon moved three points clear of the drop zone.