It’s that time of the week once again, a day later than usual, time to check in with West Ham United’s various different loan stars at their various different loan clubs and find out how they’ve been doing over the past seven days, it has been a busy week for most as Robert Snodgrass’ Aston Villa’s promotion hopes took a knock as Moses Makasi and Plymouth Argyle got back on track, plus much more.
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa)
The Scottish winger and Steve Bruce’s Villans have been chasing promotion back up to the Premier League over the last few months and returned from the International break on Saturday, travelling to strugglers Hull City.
Snodgrass played the full 90 minutes as the visitors just couldn’t force a way through the Tigers and had to settle for a frustrating goalless draw that left them fourth in the table and ten points off the automatic promotion spots, they have an opportunity to right the wrong at home to Reading this evening with the winger expected to keep his starting place.
Martin Samuelsen (Burton Albion)
The young Norwegian U21 International and his Brewers team are fighting a very different battle in the second tier under Nigel Clough and it was a frantic few days for them as they were in action twice, a tricky trip to Cardiff City and a home visit of Middlesbrough.
As expected, Albion lost out convincingly in Wales to the tune of 3-1 but then were denied a point against Boro by a last-minute equaliser, Samuelsen was on the substitutes’ bench but didn’t feature in either match as he recovers from injury, the results saw the club fall to rock-bottom and burdened them with a sticky situation, the winger will be hoping to return for the key trip to St Andrew’s next weekend.
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers)
To finish in the Sky Bet Championship, young Academy product defender Burke is enjoying his time at the Macon Stadium having re-joined on loan in January as the Trotters too battle for their Championship status.
Phil Parkinson’s men were faced with a treacherous journey to Elland Road for a 2-1 loss on Good Friday, in which the youngster started and performed at centre-back for the entirely, holding up well, the starlet will be hoping his run of matches continues when the now 20th-placed Bolton entertain Birmingham City in a real six-pointer this evening.
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach)
In the far away reaches of the Bundesliga, Dieter Hecking’s Gladbach were back from the International week over the Easter weekend, traveling to Mainz but once again, Oxford was still missing through injury.
Die Fohlen drew 0-0 in a rather uninspiring clash, a point meaning that they ended the weekend ninth in the German Top-Flight standings, the 19-year-old will be looking to get back to action as soon as possible whether or not that means returning for the visit of Hertha Berlin to Borussia-Park next Saturday afternoon or not.
Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle)
Back in English football and down in League One, U23 star Makasi has proved a great help to Derek Adams’ Argyle in their unlikely push for promotion to the Championship in the last couple of months, though the weather got in the way of them on Easter Monday.
Plymouth’s trip to face Scunthorpe United in the league was postponed with a waterlogged pitch the cause, however, nothing was going to get in the way of them thrashing Southend United last Friday and the charge playing the whole match, although they have now fallen two places outside the play-offs and will be aiming to get back in there against Peterborough United in five days’ time.
Antonio Martinez (Real Valladolid)
Last but not least in the much sunnier climes of his native Spain, prolific young forward Toni Martinez continues to get minutes with Valladolid under the guidance of Luis Cesar Sampedro in the Segunda (Second) Division of Spanish football.
Saturday afternoon saw them host Reus in the league and the stallion was introduced as a late substitute in a 1-0 victory for his temporary team, as a result, they climbed to seventh in the standings and are very much now in the play-off reckoning themselves, journeying to Gimnastic de Tarragona next Sunday.
So, now that you’ve been given the full lowdown on how the Claret & Blue loan stars have been faring recently, how will they get on over the next week as the run-in to the end of the domestic season in Europe begins? Join us once again early next week to find out.