The Mirror is reporting that young West Ham United defender Reece Oxford is set to go out on loan for the season to Bundesliga team Borussia Monchengladbach. The 18 year-old defender, who spent part of last season on loan at Championship playoff final runners-up Reading FC, has found playing time limited at West Ham, and needs playing time to advance.
West Ham youngster Reece Oxford is joining Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan.— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) June 2, 2017
Oxford made his Premier League debut at the beginning of the 2015-16 season, famously being the MOTM for the Hammers 2-0 victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. While his debut was sparkling, his lack of strength and stamina was quickly exposed by more physical Premier League teams.
After signing a professional deal with West Ham last winter, Oxford went out on loan to gain first team experience. At first, reports had him going north to Glasgow in Scotland to play for Rangers. However, after other interest from Nottingham Forest, Oxford chose to go to Reading FC instead.
Oxford had a rough time at Reading. He spent most of the time at the club riding the bench, having issues with training, and when he finally made it into the starting lineup, Reading lost 7-1 at Norwich City. He did not feature again for the Royals as the club went on the lose in the playoff final against Huddersfield Town on penalties.
A move to Germany would be odd, as there are plenty of clubs in England that would love to have a young player with the experience of Oxford at their club on loan. While his time at Reading did not end the way anyone would have hoped, another chance at earning first-team football would be available for him at almost any other Championship club.
West Ham have a little experience with Borussia Monchengladbach, as midfielder Havard Nordtveit was signed on a free transfer from the German club during the summer transfer window last year. And while this rumor has some legs, until it is posted on the official site, take it with a grain of salt. People were already wondering how Oxford would deal with the pressure of an Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic FC before news broke of him joining Reading instead.