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Opening fixture shows Reece Oxford may not be part of Pellegrini’s plans this season

Opening fixture shows Reece Oxford may not be part of Pellegrini’s plans this season

West Ham United had a difficult opening to the season, travelling to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. 

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were powerless to resist the Liverpool onslaught, and ended up losing 4-0. After spending serious money in the summer transfer window, this will have been a hard result to take for the Irons. However, Klopp’s Liverpool are one of the most potent attacking forces the Premier League has to offer, and easier tests are yet to come for the East London outfit.

One player not even in the squad for the match, was the young Reece Oxford. The young players opportunities have been severely limited in recent seasons, and he had back-to-back loan spells last season at Borussia Mochengladbach, in the Bundesliga.

West Ham are reportedly open to offers for their young defender, and are looking to sell him for a fee in the region of £10m.

Perhaps a move to the Bundesliga, where he has spent time on loan in recent seasons, is on the card even before January. There is something of a trend of young English stars moving to Germany in recent seasons, and Oxford could be set to continue the new trend. Oxford is a very physically capable defender, who is strong on the ball and aerially dominant.

When Reece Oxford made his debut for Bilic’s West Ham, aged just 16, huge things were expected of the teenager. Perhaps high expectations have taken their toll on the young talent, and a move abroad would do him some good. Rather than spending time on the bench, or even out of the squad, for the London Stadium outfit, a move away might be just what he needs to reignite his career.

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