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Loan Watch: West Ham United

Loan Watch: West Ham United

Aside from the heavy defeat against Manchester City, West Ham United have had a good start to the season. Now, the next instalment of our Loan Watch feature will show there are also positives for the Hammers who aren’t at the club this season.

Jordan Hugill

Hugill may have struggled at West Ham, but he has started life on loan at Queens Park Rangers very well, scoring five goals in five league starts and one substitute appearance, as per WhoScored, with this return earning him the club’s Player of the Month award for August.

To put this into context, he is the joint-top scorer in the Championship, while he is just one goal off of his tally from 20 starts and 17 substitute appearances for Middlesbrough last season.

He has scored over half of QPR’s league goals so far this campaign, helping them to their current position of eighth in the league, so it is safe to say his season has got off to a positive start.

Grady Diangana

Diangana has been a bright spark for West Bromwich Albion in his two starts and two substitute appearances so far this season.

His three goals have all been eye-catching in some way, with the first two earning victory against Luton Town after the 21-year-old’s side had been 1-0 down when he entered the pitch at half-time.

The youngster’s first of that game was definitely the best, as he worked a yard of space for himself and sent the ball flying into the net from range, as shown in a highlights video on Luton’s YouTube channel.

He then added to that with a delightful goal against Blackburn Rovers, where he beat his man well, before dinking the ball over the goalkeeper, as shown on West Brom’s YouTube channel.

All of this was eye-catching enough to see the West Ham academy graduate make it into the England U21s squad for the first time.

Josh Cullen

Cullen has played every minute of Charlton Athletic’s five games since he rejoined them on loan, as they have surprised many by storming to second in the Championship.

He has averaged 2.4 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1 clearance and 0.4 blocks per game, while also making 0.6 key passes, 0.8 dribbles and 1 cross per game, maintaining a pass success rate of 80.2%.

The 23-year-old may not have any goals or assists, but has been involved in goals, with an example being his two crosses which led to the ball going into the Stoke City net in a 3-1 win, as shown on Stoke’s YouTube channel.

His performances have been enough to ensure he retained his place in the Republic of Ireland national team squad for their latest round of matches.

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