West Ham fans were reasonably cheerful in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side draw 1-1 at Burnley, despite playing over an hour with ten men following Andy Carroll’s early red card at Turf Moor.
The East London outfit went into Saturday’s clash in Lancashire off the back of a 1-0 success over Swansea City prior to the international break, a result which moved them up to 15th in the Premier League table, and they looked set for another three points when Michail Antonio gave them a 19th minute lead.
However, Carroll’s red card just eight minutes later did little to help the Hammers’ cause for a first away league win of the season, and so it proved as Chris Wood netted a Clarets equaliser five minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts, which in turn extended their unbeaten run to six league games.
And although a point away from home is always a decent result, some of our resident West Ham were slightly frustrated on Saturday, and their mood is unlikely to be improved by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which outlines some intriguing information regarding the future of Reece Oxford.
The 18-year-old has come up through the ranks at the London Stadium to make his senior debut for the club back in July 2015, when he started their 3-0 victory over Lusitanos in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.
15 more first team appearances have since followed for the versatile defender, but a lack of regular football under Slaven Bilic has seen him sent out on loan to Reading and indeed Borussia Monchengladbach, although he has yet to appear for the German side since joining back in August.
And reports suggest that his future at West Ham is far from certain as well, as Croat Bilic appears ready to let Oxford leave the club in January amid reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
But whether they do indeed sanction the sale of an extremely talented and highly-rated youngster remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Reece Oxford has been widely tipped to go on and have a big future in the game, and was subsequently nominated for the Golden Boy award in recent times.
However, the 18-year-old has struggled to impose himself in loan spells at Reading and now Borussia Monchengladbach, with the versatile defender, who can also play in the centre of midfield, having yet to appear for the Bundesliga club this season.
And it appears that his West Ham career could be coming to an end as well, with manager Slaven Bilic reportedly ready to let the youngster, who is attracting interest from some Premier League heavyweights, leave in January.
But with Oxford’s undoubted potential, and the Hammers embarking on a new and prosperous era at the London Stadium, it would surely take some offer to tempt the East London outfit into selling the 18-year-old.
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