According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Reece Oxford could be set for a move away this month. The 19-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit West Ham having come up through the ranks at the East London club, although his tally of just 17 senior appearances suggests that he hasn’t quite forced his way into first team plans at the London Stadium.
And manager Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly willing to offload the £4.5 million-rated Premier League outcast (as per Transfermarkt), and while that news may well be of interest to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, they shouldn’t ruin their encouraging summer by moving for the Englishman.
Ultimately, there was much optimism over the summer among Leeds fans following the announcement of the highly-rated Bielsa as the club’s new head coach, although their lack of activity in the transfer window soon after somewhat stemmed that positivity.
However, the Whites have since added the hugely accomplished duo of Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford to underline their desires for the coming season, while the loan additions of Lewis Baker, Jamal Blackman, and Jack Harrison will add further depth to a squad that has twice got into promotion contention in recent seasons, and twice ran out of steam.
Thus, it’s already been an encouraging summer at Leeds both in terms of managerial recruitment and indeed player recruitment, and while Oxford is seemingly available, it’s not a deal they should pursue given his recent failed loan spells.
Despite making his Hammers debut at the age of 16, the 19-year-old has added just 16 further first team appearances for the club, and has instead sought to play regular football out on loan, first at Championship side Reading and then Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
Yet he has struggled to command regular minutes at both clubs to suggest that maybe he isn’t quite at the level many thought he might be, and while it does appear that he has huge potential, that potential may still be some years away from being fulfilled.
And while Leeds could ideally do with further reinforcements to their backline, they are arguably in need of proven players who can make the grade and produce the goods in the second tier – there’s no evidence that Oxford is yet able to do that.
In fact, making just five Championship appearances on loan at Jaap Stam’s Reading little over a year ago was the clearest indication that maybe he isn’t quite ready to play regularly in the second tier.
Thus, despite reportedly being available for loan this month, Leeds shouldn’t seek to ruin a great summer by moving for the defender.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!