West Ham supporters have been pretty despondent in recent times after seeing their team fail to win any of their opening four Premier League games prior to the international break.
Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment as manager over the summer was met with widespread excitement by Hammers fans, but things simply haven’t worked out for the Chilean in the early stages of his tenure at the London Stadium. His team have lost to Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal, and Wolves to sit bottom of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Everton this weekend, where they can surely ill-afford to lose for a fifth straight time in the league.
As such, there have been many disappointed West Ham fans up and down the country at present, although there are few likely to be more frustrated than defender Reece Oxford, who has yet to appear for the club this term.
And having failed to secure a loan move away from the London Stadium during the summer, it’s absolutely critical that he does indeed leave West Ham in January, as he cannot afford to waste any more time not playing first team football.
Ultimately, the 19-year-old made his senior debut for the Hammers at the tender age of 16 and as such looked set for an extremely bright future at the East London club, only to add just 16 further first team appearances for the club in the last three years.
In fact, he has mustered only one Premier League appearance in the last two seasons for the Hammers to underline just how far down the pecking order he is at the London Stadium, to the point that he has tried his hand with loan spells in a bid to get some minutes under his belt.
Yet temporary stints at Championship side Reading and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach have proved unsuccessful for the 19-year-old, thus prompting some to wonder whether Oxford will indeed go on and fulfil his undoubted potential – after all, there’s a reason Manchester United were interested in him a few years back.
Nonetheless, the versatile star still has lots of time to develop into the player his potential suggests he can be, but he can surely only do that by continuing to play regularly at a competitive level – Premier League 2 games simply won’t suffice.
Yes, he has captained the club’s development squad to two wins from four Under-23 games this term, including netting in their last two games, but the 19-year-old needs to be playing at a higher and more competitive level than that – previous loan spells may not have worked, but his talent will surely come to fore eventually.
And in failing to make any of West Ham’s four matchday squads in the Premier League, that game time isn’t likely to come at the London Stadium, hence he was linked with a loan move away from the club during the summer.
And while that didn’t materialise, it’s absolutely critical that he seeks to leave the club when the window reopens in January.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!