West Ham made the decision to sell Reece Oxford to Augsburg in the summer of 2019.
The 21-year-old burst onto the scene with the Hammers in the summer of 2015, making his Premier League debut against Arsenal. And he completely bossed the game.
Unfortunately for both Oxford and West Ham, however, he failed to kick on from that point onwards.
The versatile youngster was sent out on four separate loan spells, before finally being sold to Augsburg for £3 million last summer (Daily Mail).
And that decision has proven to be an excellent one by the Hammers.
Oxford has really struggled in Germany.
Former Hammer’s career in free-fall
The 21-year-old has made just eight Bundesliga appearances for Augsburg this season, failing to register either a goal or an assist (Transfermarkt). In those eight games, he has played just 317 minutes (Who Scored).
The former West Ham man has a very poor pass completion rate of 66.7% in those eight appearances. He has also made an average of just 0.6 tackles and 0.5 interceptions in those outings. (Who Scored).
Oxford’s move to Germany has quickly turned into a nightmare.
German media outlet Kicker reported earlier this month that things have got so bad for the 21-year-old that he is being lined up for a loan move to a club in Germany’s fourth tier.
Whilst Declan Rice’s career has taken off, Oxford’s has gone in the opposite direction. Both were very similar players when coming through the ranks at West Ham, and if anything the Augsburg ace was actually rated higher than the former Chelsea academy graduate.
West Ham fans thought their club had the next big thing when Oxford burst onto the scene. The Sun reported back in the summer of 2016 that Manchester united were desperate to sign the youngster, and were preparing a £10 million offer for him.
The rest is history, however. Sometimes young players are given too much too soon. And their hunger quickly diminishes.
That could very well be what happened with Oxford. Who really knows.
Either way, selling him for £3 million seven months ago is now looking like great business from West Ham.