It seems like forever ago when a 16-year-old kid from the West Ham academy started the opening day of the Premier League season against Arsenal and single handily kept Mesut Ozil at bay.
Reece Oxford’s debut for the Hammers remains one of the most famous in recent history in the Premier League, and it’s easy to see why.
The promising midfielder was thrown right in the deep end in his first ever league start for West Ham just a month after becoming the club’s youngest ever player after starting for the club in Europa League qualifying phase, and his start against Arsenal made Oxford the second youngest player to start a game in the Premier League.
Following his impressive performance against the Gunners in a 2-0 win, it was expected that the 16-year-old would continue to remain a part of the West Ham first-team, but Oxford would only go to make two more starts for the Hammers that season.
Since that game against Arsenal Oxford’s reputation as one of the most promising English talents in years has dropped dramatically, and after a few seasons out on loan in both the Championship and Bundesliga it is likely the now 20-year-old midfielder is set to leave east London this summer, with Sky Sports reporting that Augsburg want to sign the troubled player on a permanent deal.
After years of promise and teasing that he could become a Premier League starter, it’s likely that Oxford will follow the Jadon Sancho approach and make a move on the continent to kick-start his football career, and for the benefit of his future, it would be the right move to make.
We have seen in recent years that English players moving to the likes of Germany and France has been a beneficial revelation that has seen youngsters gain first-team minutes in top leagues not called the Premier League, and Oxford could be the next player to make a name for himself overseas.
Oxford is a player of clear quality and does have the potential to be a real star in the game, but a move away from England will be the best move for the midfielder, and a fresh start in a country he is already familiar with would be a great decision from the once Hammers prospect.
West Ham fans, was Oxford not given enough chances to impress at the Hammers? Let us know!
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