Nathan Holland impressing as Mipo Odubeko struggles – How West Ham’s loan signings have fared


The international break is upon us and with it, the league table is starting to take shape – and not just the Premier League table, the Football League standings too.

A number of West Ham’s younger players are spending the season away from the club on loan moves in the lower leagues of English football and beyond.

The Hammers’ youngsters are having mixed fortunes across the divisions and in Europe, so with that in mind has taken a look at how each of them are getting on at their temporary homes.

Fredrik Alves

West Ham’s young Danish defender has struggled to get game time for Sunderland but has done enough to impress the manager Lee Johnson.

“I think he’s done really well,” he said. “I really like him, he’s a really good athlete. In terms of his physicality, he has got a great leap, and his recovery is quick and strong.

“He’s slightly introverted as a character and I don’t think we have seen his best forward play yet – he is better than he has shown on the ball – but he hasn’t really put a foot wrong defensively in two starts.”

Alves has made just two starts for Sunderland, both coming in the Carabao Cup, and has made two appearances off the bench in League One.

Joseph Anang

West Ham goalkeeper Anang is spending the season on loan at Stevenage and has recently found some form after keeping back-to-back clean sheets in League Two.

Anang has nailed down the No.1 spot at Boro missing just one out of ten league matches, keeping four clean sheets in the process.

Goncalo Cardoso

The Portuguese defender is midway through an 18-month loan deal with FC Basel. The 20-year-old has struggled for game time in Switzerland making just one appearance so far this season.

His recent opportunities for action have been hampered by a muscle injury that has kept him out of action since the start of September.

Conor Coventry

Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain Coventry was a late mover in the August transfer window when Moyes allowed him to leave on loan to Championship outfit Peterborough.

The midfielder has been involved in every match for The Posh since his arrival making three starts and three substitute appearances. It has not been an easy start for Coventry with Peterborough in the relegation zone of the Championship and set for a long season battling the drop.

Nathan Holland in action for Oxford United (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
Nathan Holland in action for Oxford United (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Nathan Holland

Holland’s second loan spell at Oxford United has begun to pick up pace with the winger notching two goals and an assist last week against Accrington Stanley.

He also impressed during the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on the weekend and after beginning the season on the bench has now made back-to-back starts for the club.

Mipo Odubeko

Promising striker Odubeko was a regular in the Hammers matchday squad towards the end of last season but a loan move to Huddersfield was deemed the next step on his career progression.

Odubeko is yet to get off the mark for the Terriers and has been struggling for gametime of late. The Irishman was named in the previous two matchday squads and has a combined 64 minutes of action across his four Championship appearances.

Nathan Trott

After a run of eight straight starts for French Ligue 2 outfit AS Nancy, Trott has been dropped to the bench of late while his club continues their search for a first league win of the season.

Source by Football London

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