West Ham beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Premier League this Sunday to enter the top five. But there were more Hammers in action with the club’s loanees all trying to impress for their respective temporary clubs.
Eight West Ham players were in contention to play over the weekend and here is a summary of how they all got on.
Grady Diangana came off the bench at half-time to inspire West Bromwich Albion to a comeback victory. Slaven Bilic brought Diangana on at the break with West Brom 2-1 down against Huddersfield Town and he provided two assists to turn the game on its head.
The 21-year-old delivered an inch-perfect cross for Darnell Furlong’s equaliser on 70 minutes. Then, four minutes later, Diangana dazzled with quick footwork and deceptive skill to beat several defenders and square for Matt Phillips to strike. It was a timely reminder to Manuel Pellegrini, who will be delighted with his progress this season.
PROSPECT | 🇲🇪 Sead Haksabanović (20) is starting have a consistent impact on loan at @ifknorrkoping – a good sign for West Ham fans. ⤵️
✅ 81 min
🅰️ 2 assists
🔑 6 key passes
🔀 4/5 dribbles won
⚔️ 11/14 duels won
3 goals/4 assists in his last 5 matches! 4 wins! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/I7ipWZObc3
— Football Wonderkidz (@FootWonderkidz) September 22, 2019
From one attacking midfielder to another, Sead Haksabanovic also provided two assists this weekend. IFK Norrkoping beat Orebro 3-0 with Haksabanovic twice setting up Simon Skrabb just before half-time.
The Montenegro international is thriving in Sweden and perhaps indicating that his West Ham career is not over yet. Norrkoping are six points off European qualification with 20-year-old Haksabanovic playing a crucial role on the wing.
— Queens Park Rangers FC (@QPR) September 21, 2019
Jordan Hugill could not add to his five goals this season but he helped his side to victory over Millwall. Last season, the 27-year-old scored for Middlesbrough against West Ham’s bitter rivals and he followed that up with another win.
Nahki Wells scored both of QPR’s goals at The New Den and the pair have formed a formidable strike partnership. After eight games, QPR are fifth and pushing for promotion this season with Hugill leading the line. Hugill did receive a yellow card against the Lions, though.
Josh Cullen played the full 90 minutes as Charlton Athletic dropped down to eighth in the Championship table. The 23-year-old midfielder has played every single minute in the league since rejoining the Addicks from West Ham in the summer.
But he could not prevent Lee Bowyer’s men from slumping to consecutive defeats. Charlton were in the top two before the last two matches but they lost 2-0 against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Nathan Trott had an afternoon to forget as AFC Wimbledon’s wait for a victory continued. Wimbledon took the lead through Marcus Forss but Bristol Rovers hit three unanswered goals to win the game against 10 men.
The England U21 goalkeeper let Jonson Clarke-Harris’ loopy header through his hands for the second goal and could have claimed a corner for the third. The Wombles are still without a win this season and are only off the bottom because of Bolton Wanderers’ point deduction.
Martin Samuelsen came off the bench but could not inspire FK Haugesund to victory. In the Eliteserien clash with Brann, Haugesund played out a 0-0 draw with Samuelsen coming on in the 60th minute.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder is now a striker at Haugesund but he could not break the deadlock. Haugesund have drawn 0-0 in their last two matches now and sit in mid-table.
Aji Alese & Oladapo Afolayan
Aji Alese was an unused substitute as Accrington Stanley blew a 1-0 lead at home to Blackpool. Accrington went ahead through a Curtis Tilt own goal and hit the woodwork but Matty Virtue-Thick rescued a point for the visitors. Alese sat on the bench and has only played one game since joining.
Oladapo Afolayan was also an unused substitute, failing to add to his one appearance for Mansfield Town. The 21-year-old striker could only watch on as Mansfield’s lead slipped in the last minute. Nathan Smith scored a 94th-minute equaliser for Port Vale to leave Mansfield in 19th place.