Hello Hammers! Once again, Brace the Hammer is back with its official weekly installment of Weekly Loan Watch. It was a whirlwind of a week for our man Josh Cullen, who played for club and country on back-to-back days. Catch up on who our loanees are right here.
Joshua Cullen — Bradford City (League One)
Before the international break started, the young Hammer Josh Cullen played a full 90 minutes once again to lead Bradford City to a victory over Swindon Town. Bradford City now sit at fourth in the League One table, with a firm grasp on a playoff spot. With a few slip-ups from Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town, the Bantams could see themselves earn an automatic promotion spot. This would be a big deal for Cullen, and we could see our man playing regular minutes in the Championship next season for the same squad, which would be very cool.
The fact Josh Cullen is only on loan and is willing to play for his country and then for us the very next day just shows his brilliance— JakeyD (@JakeDawson8) March 21, 2017
Toni Martinez — Oxford United (League One)
Toni hasn’t been doing so hot at Oxford United. Obviously the lad has an eye for goal, but the goals just aren’t coming for him in League One. He’s just 19, so this is understandable, but we’d like to see some more progress from the young Spaniard. In his last two games for the Oxen, Toni has played 83 and 14 minutes respectively to the tune of zero goals. One goal in eleven games is just about the opposite of what the lad was able to do playing for West Ham United’s PL2 side, but here we are.
Sam Howes — Hampton & Richmond (National League South)
The England international has been in fine form for Hampton & Richmond of late. While the clean sheet has been eluding the youngster for over a month now, the Beavers have still pulled off a 3-3 draw and a 1-3 win over the last two matches. Hampton & Richmond sit in seventh place, just five points out of the playoffs for promotion, which would be a big achievement for our man Sam getting his first big-time minutes. The next few tweets about Howe are old, but we haven’t kept up with him on Twitter for whatever reason and they tell how well the lad’s been doing for Hampton & Richmond:
West Ham United loanee Sam Howes produced this incredible save for Hampton and Richmond yesterday on the way to keeping a clean sheet. pic.twitter.com/lUTGaLnjQ8— West Ham Photos (@whufcphotos) March 5, 2017
Sam Howes definitely Man of the Match today....— Hampton & RB FC (@hrbfc) March 4, 2017
Awful decision to start George Dobson tonight, not good enough for this level and against the team in 2nd place— The Saddlers Side (@SaddlersSide) March 14, 2017
George Dobson — Walsall (League One)
Young George Dobson played the entire match for League One side Walsall to an unfortunate 3-2 loss away from home. Any experience in a professional league is good experience for a young player, but one would hope to see a loanee’s club win the more minutes they’re given. This has not been the case with Dobson, as one fan pointed out.
Sam Ford — Bishop’s Stortford (National League South)
Remember when I said any experience in a professional football league is good experience for young players? Sam Ford played 90 minutes in an 8-0 loss to Ebbsfleet United. But at least he got some experience? Moving on.
Jaanai Gordon — Newport County (League Two)
Jaanai hasn’t been playing much for his League Two outfit, other than coming in off the bench, but the youngster played 13 minutes on the 18th of March in a 1-3 loss to Blackpool. Things aren’t looking especially well for our loanee.
Enner Valencia — Everton (Premier League)
DID NOT PLAY (DNP):
- Reece Burke
- Martin Samuelsen
- Reece Oxford
- Alex Pike
- Marcus Browne
Back from loan:
- Kyle Knoyle
- Josh Pask
No longer with the club:
- Luka Belic
- Stephen Hendrie