Welcome back, Hammers. We know, we know. You’ve missed us. There’s no excuse. Maybe we should stop calling this the weekly loan watch. Anyway, we’re sure you’ve read all about our loanees from the West Ham United official site who switched their “loanee roundup” article title to “loan watch” to further push our independent site down into the mire, but it’s all good (shots fired). We’ll keep chugging along. So let’s hop right into it.
Burke has been consistently killing it at Bolton since our last update. His loanee counterpart Josh Cullen has returned to West Ham to play for the PL2 side after not getting enough time to develop at Bolton, but most recently Burke started an unfamiliar position at CDM and did well to secure a point.
Final change for Wanderers as @derikosede comes on in place of @ReeceBurke. The West Ham loanee has been exceptional in that unfamiliar defensive midfield role today.— Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) February 24, 2018
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Quite possibly your best game for us.— Chris Worrall (@69traf) February 25, 2018
Between Declan Rice and Reece Burke, West Ham has two extremely talented, versatile, and — maybe most importantly — young defenders on their books.
Toni has played twice for Spanish side Real Valladolid, and got his first start most recently to the tune of a 1-0 score. But then he got subbed out and his squad ended up losing 2-1 to Cordoba. Now, I’m not saying Toni was the difference maker, I’m just saying that maybe next time he should play all 90 minutes. Just a thought.
First up for me this Sunday is #CordobaRealValladolid! Cordoba need a win to stand any chance of survival, while Valladolid will hope to get a result without top scorer Jaime Mata. West Ham loanee Toni Martinez starts his first game for the away side— Tom Wicks (@FRFutbolTom) February 25, 2018
Reece Oxford was out with a foot/ankle injury for a couple months and was in London for the holidays, but he returned to the German side Borussia Mönchengladbach in January. He’s back and running on all cylinders after starting his last two matches for the squad now. First to a tough 1-0 loss, and most recently to a 1-0 victory ending a four-match losing streak for Gladbach.
Reece Oxford (19) Adept as an anchor in midfield or CB, Oxford is impressing in Germany due to his poise and application as he deputises at full back. Notably he’s always had ability on the ball but is becoming an imposing figure as he physically develops. Opportunist. pic.twitter.com/YfqZ1l5E8m— The Coaching Quadrant (@CoachingQuad) March 1, 2018
Very proud to see our man doing well in the Bundesliga where the competition is some of the toughest outside of the Premier League. Some of the PL’s best current defensive stalwarts were groomed in the Bundesliga, so don’t say we didn’t warn you when Oxford comes back and tears it up in the claret and blue next season (hopefully).
Congratulations to Mandela Egbo (20) on making his Borussia Mönchengladbach debut this afternoon.— Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) February 24, 2018
He and Reece Oxford (19) are the first Englishmen to play for the same team, at the same time, in Bundesliga history.
Snodgrass has contributed seven goals and ten assists this season at Aston Villa. We at least know that Snoddy is a good Championship player. Or, maybe, Bilic was wrong and played Snodgrass in the wrong position and now that he’s in the right one he’s flourishing. Who really knows, right? We’ll just stick with the assumption that he’s a very good Championship player so that we don’t start to wish he were in the claret and blue again. The correct claret and blue that is.
For all you Sheff Wed fans that saying you want me to break my legs or die, keep your chins up today is a new day! Can’t give it if your not prepared to take a little bit back— Robert snodgrass (@robsnodgrass7) February 25, 2018
We can at least admit that we miss the cheekiness on social media. . . even if he’s still unable to nail down that whole elementary your/you’re grammatical difference.
Don’t think we’d forget about the young Norwegian Messi. Samuelsen has started six matches for Championship side Burton Albion since joining in January, and apparently he’s doing very well!
Martin Samuelsen is enjoying life on loan at Burton Albion. Read all about it here. https://t.co/5ZYzkHv4nx— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) February 14, 2018
Samuelsen is doing so well in fact that some teams are lining up to sign him in the summer, most notable being Leeds United.
Football News: #Championship https://t.co/1fWl7xSOei— footy90.com (@footy90com) February 27, 2018
The three of six matches that Samuelsen has played all 90 minutes, Burton Albion hasn’t lost. Maybe he should always play the full 90. Once again. . . just a thought.