Hammers! Once again, welcome back. You know what it is. This is the Weekly Loan Watch from the one and only Brace The Hammer, coming to you live. It’s been a decently exciting few weeks for our loanees, so let’s hop right to it. If you’d like to catch up on who these young guns are, you can do that right here.
Joshua Cullen — Bradford City (League One)
Josh Cullen cleaned up at the BCAFC team awards. No surprise that he’s won every possible Player of the Year award over there, as he’s been Man of the Match in the majority of the games he’s played. The Bantams are making a nice run in the League One play-offs currently, and it’s quite possible we could see our man playing in the Championship next season. Even better, maybe we could see him get some time in the first team with West Ham. But dreams are dreams.
Josh Cullen won tonights MOTM award for Bradford. pic.twitter.com/UO6ojvC1s2— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) May 4, 2017
In just over a week, we’ll see the Bantams take on Millwall (read: trash), and there would be nothing better than seeing a Hammer putting a few goals over those bloody Lions, keeping them down in League One obscurity for the second year in a row. What’s more is the play-off final is at Wembley, so there will be a whole heckin’ lot of people watching what the young Irishman can do. It’ll be a fun one. Make sure to try and tune in.
Sam Howes — Hampton & Richmond (National League South)
Hampton & Richmond are still out of a play-off spot, but our H&R Blocker got another clean sheet in a 1-0 win against the woeful Concord Rangers, who sit two spots above the relegation zone in the National League South. Then the Beavers fell apart, for two one-goal losses in a row to end their season. Howes looks to be a very good player between the sticks, though, and he’s been the starter for Hampton & Richmond since he arrived there. It will be interesting to see where he ends up next season. Could imagine there’d be at least a few League One squads interested.
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
How could they not be?
Reece Oxford — Reading (Championship)
Well, Reece Oxford, um, sort of got some playing time for Reading? Looks as if he’s been demoted to the U23 side. Let us all take a moment to sigh heavily, as this is a very stupid thing and we should all be mad about it. If Slaven Bilic wanted Oxford playing in the damn PL2, he never would have sent him out on loan. This whole loan spell for Reece has been a dumpster fire, and is hopefully the end of West Ham United’s dealings with Jaap Stam.
George Dobson — Walsall (League One)
Walsall had a real shot to beat another middle-of-the-road squad a few weeks ago, but they lost 4-1 to Milton Keynes Dons. Georgie played the full 90 minutes for Walsall, yet again to no avail.
Sam Ford — Bishop’s Stortford (National League South)
To our surprise, there’s something new to report on Sam Ford this week: his horrible squad actually won a game! And, at that, they actually won 4-0, beating Truro City, who sit just four points out of the relegation zone. And, at that, our man Sam Ford scored his first goal since 4th March, playing a full 90 minutes for the Blues, and ending a horrid season for the young player.
Goal! - Sam Ford (Bishop's Stortford 1 - 0 Truro City)— BettracksScores (@BettracksScores) April 29, 2017
Enner Valencia — Everton (Premier League)
DID NOT PLAY (DNP):
- Toni Martinez (Injured)
- Alex Pike
- Marcus Browne
- Jaanai Gordon
Back from loan:
- Reece Burke (Recalled)
- Kyle Knoyle
- Josh Pask
- Martin Samuelsen
No longer with the club:
- Luka Belic
- Stephen Hendrie