The 2015/16 Premier League season saw shocks from the moment it kicked off with West Ham turning over Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates in the opening month of the campaign with youngster Reece Oxford putting in an unforgettable display on the day.
Oxford, who was just 16 years of age at the time, was making his Premier League debut leaving West Ham supporters excited to see the introduction of one of their own ahead of such a massive London derby.
— Tom Edwards (@Tom_Edwards1997) August 9, 2015
@whufc_official go on Reece!!
— Mr Stubot (@StuartCrispe) August 9, 2015
— Alex Trinder (@Trindzzz) August 9, 2015
— jake (@SPACEBOOTZUK) 9 August 2015
@whufc_official go on Oxford my son!! COYI!!
— Liam Bursill (Bill) (@EssexBoyIrons94) August 9, 2015
And Oxford did not disappoint as he helped to neutralise the threat of one of Arsenal’s star men, Mesut Ozil, on the Hammers’ way to their 2-0 victory in north London.
However, Oxford was unable to kick on from that point and has since had very unconvincing loan spells at Championship side Reading and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 19-year-old’s future at the London Stadium now looks bleak with Sky Sports having even reported in the summer that West Ham were open to selling their youth product for a fee believed to be in the region of £10m.
Capable of playing both in defensive midfield and central defence, Oxford still has something to offer to manager Manuel Pellegrini.
But with the Hammers having brought in multiple players over the summer, it is hard to imagine Pellegrini finding room for the English youngster.
After such a promising start to life as a West Ham player, Oxford’s career has stagnated massively, and that will disappoint West Ham supporters who would have expected so much more from the midfielder following his outstanding debut.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!