West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has dropped a major hint as to why he could sell Reece Oxford.
West Ham United have had their fair share of talented youngsters over the years and Reece Oxford is no exception.
Oxford shot to prominence when he made his debut with a midfield masterclass in a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in the opening game of the 2015/16 season aged just 16.
He has found game time hard to come by since. Slaven Bilic, David Moyes and now Manuel Pellegrini have all been reluctant to use him.
Pellegrini trusts in youth, just not Oxford
That’s despite his new manager showing he trusts in youth.
Issa Diop and Declan Rice are two of the first names on the Chilean’s teamsheet and Grady Diangana has also been given a run in the side.
Oxford, once coveted by some of the top clubs in Europe, has told The Sunday Times he wants to leave if he is not in Pellegrini’s plans.
“The club has done a lot for me,” Oxford told The Sunday Times.
“Given me my debut, made me the player I am. I could never talk down the club but right now I need to be playing and if West Ham are not playing me, I’ve got to move on and part ways.”
Is work ethic to blame?
Well it appears Pellegrini has already dropped a big hint as to exactly why Oxford has not been getting the game time he craves, or even being included in the Hammers squad.
And that is his work ethic in training.
“A player who is 19 or 20 must be ready to play in the first team,” Pellegrini told the press last week, as reported by BBC Sport.
“If you don’t have the space you must go to another club.
“We have in his position a player who I am happy with,” Pellegrini added.
Crossroads for Oxford
“Angelo Ogbonna is also on the bench, but working very well every day.
“Issa Diop is playing well, and while Declan Rice doesn’t play in that position, he can. So, we will see what happens with Reece, whether he stays here, or if it is better for him to go and play for another team.”
The answer seems simple Reece, work harder in training and earn your place.
Fail to do that and it looks like pastures new await.
Borussia Monchengladbach have been strongly linked with a permanent move for Oxford after a loan spell last season (Sky Sports).