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Loan round-up: Trott shines again, Alese keeps clean sheet and Haksabanovic scores

West Ham lost again on another disappointing afternoon at The London Stadium. But while the first-team struggles, some of West Ham’s younger players are impressing out on loan.

Seven of West Ham’s eight loanees were in contention to play over the weekend and six managed some game time. Grady Diangana plays tonight and Oladapo Afolayan was left out. Here is a summary of how the other six got on…

Nathan Trott

While Roberto struggles between the sticks, Nathan Trott continues to show why he could be West Ham’s future number one. The 20-year-old produced yet another impressive performance on loan at AFC Wimbledon.

Trott made a string of fine saves to keep the Dons in the game against Lincoln City. Kwesi Appiah then scored a late equaliser to earn a point to lift the Wombles out of the relegation zone at the expense of bitter rivals Milton Keynes.


The Bermuda-born England U21 stopper is making quite the impression at Wimbledon. In fact, he earned the goalkeeper spot in the WhoScored Team of the Month for League One in October.

Aji Alese

Aji Alese was equally impressive in League One. Struggling Accrington Stanley travelled to St Andrew’s to take on high-flying Coventry City. But Alese contributed to a clean sheet in Birmingham.

The 18-year-old started at left-centre-back and he made one particularly eye-catching last-ditch tackle. Coventry went down to 10 men but Accrington could not find a winner so they had to settle for a 0-0 draw. Alese now appears to be a regular in the starting line-up after a slow start.

Sead Haksabanovic

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Sead Haksabanovic scored yet again but IFK Norrkoping could only finish fifth. The Montenegro international scored in the 14th minute to put Norrkoping 2-0 up against Djurgarden in the home Allsvenskan clash.

But the away side roared back with two unanswered goals and Norrkoping ended the match with 10 men. Haksabanovic finished his loan spell with six league goals – all of which came in the last 11 matches.

Jordan Hugill

Jordan Hugill started for Queens Park Rangers after serving a one-match suspension last Monday. But QPR crashed to back-to-back defeats at Elland Road.

Leeds United moved to the top of the Championship (albeit briefly) with a 2-0 win over QPR, who have slipped out of the play-off zone recently. Hugill, 27, picked up a yellow card but could not get on the scoresheet.

Josh Cullen

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Josh Cullen played in Sunday’s televised game against Preston North End. But Charlton Athletic crashed to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Paul Gallagher’s powerful penalty.

Preston moved back above Leeds and went top of the Championship with the victory. Cullen, 23, has played the full 90 minutes in every league game since joining but Charlton are now 10th.

Martin Samuelsen

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Martin Samuelsen played 87 minutes for FK Haugesund in the 2-2 draw with Bodo/Glimt. The mid-table Eliteserien side started Samuelsen as a centre-forward and dented Bodo/Glimt’s outside hopes of winning the league.

The hosts took a two-goal lead but Samuelsen’s Haugesund bounced back to draw. Bodo/Glimt ended the game with 10 men but Samuelsen did not find the net or register an assist.

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