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3 games in, it’s obvious Pellegrini needs to hand these 2 West Ham wonderkids a proper chance

3 games in, it’s obvious Pellegrini needs to hand these 2 West Ham wonderkids a proper chance

It’s been a disastrous start to the campaign so far for West Ham, they are the only team in the top-flight yet to have picked up a single Premier League point. Scoring just two league goals and conceding nine, it is certainly not the start to life under Manuel Pellegrini Irons fans would have been hoping for. 

After a summer spending-spree under a new manager, this start will be particularly disappointing in the eyes of the West Ham United board. They have had two tough games, away at Liverpool and Arsenal, but at the London Stadium, a loss against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side will hit particularly hard. Perhaps the squad needs time to gel, but underperforming players must, at a point, be dropped in favour of a fresher player who can make more of an impact on a game.

With that in mind, surely the Argentinian boss has to give these two West Ham United wonderkids a proper chance…

Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford seems to be unfairly overlooked by the London Stadium outfit. In the 2015/16 season, he became the second youngest player ever to appear in the Premier League, when he started the opening fixture of the season away at Arsenal. Things haven’t quite panned out how Oxford would have hoped since his debut.

Successive loans to the Bundesliga to Borussia Monchengladbach have led to speculation he may take a permanent switch away from the London Stadium.

However, Oxford could be deployed as a defensive midfielder to protect the centre-backs. The 19-year-old could hold the key to tightening up the Irons’ defence.

Xande Silva

The promising young striker was signed by the Hammers for a fee of £3.1m. The Porto-born player has been with the Portugal sides right through the age groups, and impressed last season at Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese top-flight.

He is something of an unknown quantity, and it would be hard for Premier League defences to prepare to face Silva.

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