According to a recent report from The Sun, Reece Oxford could be set for a move away come the New Year. The 19-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit West Ham having come up through the youth ranks at the East London club, although a lack of first team football under new manager Manuel Pellegrini has called his future at the club into question.
And reports suggest that the versatile sensation is hoping to remain in the Premier League were he to leave West Ham, but given his prior struggles on loan alongside his difficulties forcing his way into Pellegrini’s first team reckoning, he may have to re-consider his aims.
And Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay must seek to give the £4.5 million-rated sensation (as per Transfermarkt) something to think about, what with the Owls in need of a hugely beneficial addition like Oxford to solidify their leaky backline.
Ultimately, the Yorkshire giants were dealt a tough hand over the summer after being placed under a transfer embargo for much of it, leaving Luhukay having to make-do with the vast majority of last year’s squad ahead of the beginning of this Championship season.
And while he was able to add Michael Hector and Josh Onomah on loan, it’s pretty evident that further reinforcements will be needed come the New Year, especially defensively given his side have shipped 30 goals in their 17 league games, the joint-most alongside Preston North End in the division so far.
And with just one clean sheet so far this term, albeit in their most recent clash against bitter rivals Sheffield United, Luhukay knows that he has to make the vital move of bringing in defensive reinforcements in January if his side are to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
And while 19-year-old Oxford hasn’t exactly enjoyed his two prior loan spells in his career, he has the talent and potential to seriously strengthen a struggling and leaky Owls backline.
The versatile sensation, who can play in the centre of midfield as well as at centre back, broke through at the tender age of 16 at West Ham but has since struggled to back that up, with just 17 appearances to show for his last three years at the London Stadium.
Add in tough loan spells at Borussia Dortmund and Reading, both of which he struggled for regular football, and Owls fans could be forgiven for thinking that a move for Oxford isn’t in their best interests.
However, there is a reason why the 19-year-old is so highly rated in some quarters, and indeed that Manchester United were keen on him not too long ago – and that’s because he has huge ability and the potential to become a quality modern-day centre back.
Oxford is remarkably comfortable and composed on the ball in bringing it out from the back and picking a pass, while his off the ball work is also very strong given he can dominate aerially and indeed anticipate well on the ground – all the traits are there for the 19-year-old to go far in the game.
And while that hasn’t happened as of yet, it is surely going to happen at some point, and the opportunity for game time in a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side may just be the catalyst for his upward trajectory.
And with the Owls in need of signings to reinforce their leaky backline, they too would benefit hugely from the 19-year-old’s arrival come the New Year.
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