Oxford United manager Karl Robinson is “not concerned at all” about West Ham recalling Marcus Browne, The Oxford Mail reports.
Browne is currently on loan at Oxford, where he is impressing at League One level.
With West Ham’s attacking options depleted, there have been whispers that Manuel Pellegrini might come calling for Browne in January.
Andriy Yarmolenko is out for the season and Browne could act as his replacement.
But Robinson is confident that West Ham will let the attacking midfielder stay for the rest of the season.
West Ham pleased with Browne development
Robinson confirmed that West Ham were pleased with Browne’s development during his loan spell.
The talented midfielder’s previous loan at Wigan Athletic did not work out but he has bounced back to enjoy success with the U’s.
Robinson told The Oxford Mail: “I spoke to West Ham the day after the Rochdale game and they’re over the moon with the development of the young man.
“He’s a very grounded individual. I don’t think he has the belief in the talent he possesses, but he deserves all the credit he is getting.
“He is certainly up there with the best I have worked with.”
Robinson “not concerned” at all
Browne has netted seven goals this season in 21 appearances for Oxford as he continues to go from strength to strength.
But his form has not prompted Robinson to panic about whether Oxford will keep him beyond January.
Robinson added: “Marcus Browne is on a 12-month loan. Yes there are recall clauses in it because most Premier League clubs have that.
“But if Marcus goes back to West Ham and plays under 23 football, that is not development.”
“We always have to treat loan players with an element of fear, because there is always the possibility (of them being recalled).
“But West Ham are delighted with how things are going with him here. I am not concerned at all.”