Still only 19, Reece Oxford’s tumultuous West Ham career looks likely to be coming to an end. The youngster was scouted by long-time admirers Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund during last week’s Under-23 match with Chelsea, where Oxford scored the opening goal.
Almost a month ago, Manuel Pellegrini warned Oxford that he might not have a future with the club; a disappointing end to one of the great what-if stories of recent West Ham history. Who could forget when a 16-year-old Oxford sensationally marked Mesut Ozil out the game on his Premier League debut in a 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Regardless of how you feel about Oxford’s potential, he most likely needs a fresh start at this stage of his career. The talent has never been in question, but for whatever reason no West Ham manager since Slaven Bilic has given the youngster an extended run in the Premier League.
Oxford remains under contract until 2021 but hasn’t played a first team match this season.
“A player who is 19 or 20 must be ready to play in the first team,” said Pellegrini. “If you don’t have the space you must go to another club.”
With Manchester City and Dortmund sniffing around, Oxford’s departure has become a very real possibility.
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