West Ham face Aston Villa tonight in the Premier League. But eight of our loanees were in action for their respective clubs over the weekend. Here is a summary of how they all got on.
Josh Cullen played the full 90 minutes in Charlton Athletic’s 1-0 loss against Birmingham City. Lee Bowyer was sent off as 16-year-old Jude Bellingham scored the only goal of the game at The Valley.
Cullen has played every minute of Championship football since joining on loan from West Ham after one game. But the Addicks’ unbeaten start has now come to an end and they slip to third.
Queens Park Rangers picked up another win as Jordan Hugill completed 90 minutes. In the Championship clash at Loftus Road, QPR beat Luton Town 3-2 thanks to a goal from Eberechi Eze and a brace from Nahki Wells.
Harry Cornick and James Collins brought Luton back from 3-0 down to within one goal but they could not find the equaliser. Hugill had scored four goals in his last three games but could not add to his tally this weekend. But the 27-year-old will not mind as QPR climb to seventh.
— Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) September 15, 2019
Aji Alese made his Accrington Stanley debut from the bench. The 18-year-old defender was introduced in the 62nd minute against Sunderland, replacing Mark Hughes. But his side lost against Sunderland.
Accrington were already 3-1 down when Alese came on and no further goals were added. The England U19 international is now in line for a start after his deadline day switch to the League One side.
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— Mansfield Town FC (@mansfieldtownfc) September 14, 2019
Oladapo Afolayan also made his debut this weekend in a losing cause. The 21-year-old striker came on in the 70th minute as Mansfield Town lost 1-0 in an away game against Crawley Town.
Bez Lubala scored the only goal of the game, making up for his first-half penalty miss. Afolayan replaced Alex MacDonald in an attempt to find a late equaliser but could not get on the scoresheet.
Grady Diangana started for West Bromwich Albion in the televised game against Fulham on Saturday. In the Championship’s early kick-off, the 21-year-old winger played 69 minutes before Slaven Bilic brought on Hal Robson-Kanu.
West Brom were searching for an equaliser at the time as they trailed 1-0 to an Anthony Knockaert goal. Semi Ajayi got the late leveller to take the Baggies into sixth-place.
Nathan Trott is still awaiting his first victory since joining on loan from AFC Wimbledon. The Wombles were leading 1-0 thanks to an Ethan Ebanks-Landell own goal but Shrewsbury Town roared back through Jason Cummings.
There was little Trott could do to keep out Cummings’ strike and he produced another assured performance between the sticks. But the 20-year-old, who was recently away with England U21s, faces a relegation battle at Wimbledon.
Sead Haksabanovic’s hopes of qualifying for Europe with IFK Norrkoping took a dent on Sunday. Swedish Allsvenskan title hopefuls Malmo beat Norrkoping 1-0 to end Haksabanovic’s good run.
The Montenegro international had scored in three consecutive games before the international break. But he drew a blank and even received a yellow card to leave Norrkoping seven points adrift of European qualification.
84. min. Gult kort til Martin Samuelsen.
— FK Haugesund (@FKHaugesund) September 15, 2019
Martin Samuelsen came off the bench and picked up a yellow card in FK Haugesund’s goalless draw against Mjondalen. Haugesund remain in mid-table and are without a win in three matches while Mjondalen’s survival hopes were boosted.
Samuelsen cannot seem to get a start for his hometown club and his Hammers future looks bleak. The 22-year-old was given a 25-minute cameo yesterday and that will not be enough to turn Manuel Pellegrini’s head.