Loan watch: Three West Ham United lenders in action
Xande Silva scored his first goal of the calendar year for Aris Thessaloniki FC, as one of three West Ham United loaners in action this weekend.
The 23-year-old forward, featured from the bench in each of his last three appearances for the Greek Super League side, was on hand to score a decisive away goal against fellow European AEK Athens on Sunday.
After center-back Lindsay Rose opened the scoring with a scrappy goal after 29 minutes, Silva was presented from the bench with 15 minutes left in a close game at the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
And in the opening seconds of added time, Silva produced a superb finish to seal the game, dodging a defender on the edge of the zone and sending a low shot into the lower corner.
The goal was Silva’s second – with two assists – in 16 Greece Super League appearances so far this season and keeps Aris leading much of the pursuit squad for a Champions League spot – with l Olympiakos’ lead at the top now seemingly unassailable.
Silva’s goal can be seen at 3:58 in the video below.
In the championship, Winston reid made his second appearance of the week for adopted club Brentford on Saturday afternoon.
The New Zealand international was featured in the final stages of his adoptive club’s 4-1 win at Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough, featured for the final seven minutes after playing the last four of the 3-2 victory against Bristol City last Wednesday.
Feeling his way back into first-team football since the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season – which he loaned to Sporting Kansas City – Reid now hopes to channel his experience into Brentford’s title charge, with the Bees. at one point. place as is.
In Ligue 2, co-defender Olatunji Akinola helped Leyton Orient get back to back-to-back clean sheets – and back-to-back 0-0 draws – last week.
The defenseman has now started the last six games of the O’s championship, helping them to four clean sheets during that time while conceding just three goals.
Last Tuesday Ross Embleton’s side won an honorable draw at Broadfield Stadium in Crawley Town, having played for nearly an hour with ten men after midfielder Hector Kyprianou received a direct red card.
Despite the numerical disparity, Akinola and her teammates held on and prevented the hosts from having a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
The center-back was the third best-performing player in the Orient, according to respected analytics website WhoScored.com, producing two interceptions, two clearances and one blocked shot.
This trend continued on Saturday as Leyton Orient secured a 0-0 home draw against Colchester United, who themselves only benefited from one shot on target as Akinola walked away with a strong analytical note. .
Leyton Orient currently sits tenth in League Two, four points outside the play-offs with 19 games to go.
Also in Ligue 2, colleague defender of the Football Academy Ajibola Alese was an anonymous replacement for leaders Cambridge United in their 2-0 win at Barrow on Saturday, having signed a loan until the end of the season last week.
Striker Oladapo Afolayan, meanwhile, is hoping to get his Bolton Wanderers greeted when they host Morecambe at the University of Bolton Stadium tomorrow.
On the continent, Felipe anderson was not part of FC Porto’s squad of the day at FC Braga, having only made his third start in all competitions against Belenenses in midweek.
Portuguese defender Gonçalo Cardoso, meanwhile, was an unused replacement in FC Basel’s 2-2 home draw against Sion on Sunday, and is also looking to make his first appearance for his foster club, having joined him on loan last week.