West Ham have decided to let Reece Oxford leave the club on loan at the end of the January transfer window.
The club’s official website announced Oxford’s temporary departure as he joins FC Augsburg for the remainder of the season.
Having spent last season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, Oxford is returning to Germany for the rest of the campaign.
The 20-year-old will join Augsburg, who sit 15th in the Bundesliga table and need to clamber away from the relegation zone.
Oxford has not had a look-in under Manuel Pellegrini and has moved away to get some first-team experience.
But West Ham fans are not pleased with this decision, especially in light of their injury concerns at the moment.
With Fabian Balbuena and Winston Reid out injured, they feel that Oxford could do a job at centre-back, especially with Angelo Ogbonna’s form under scrutiny.
And the England under-20 starlet can also play as a central midfielder – another area that West Ham are light in.
Below are some tweets from West Ham fans discussing the club’s decision to send Oxford on loan to Germany.
Short in defence and we lot him go on loan …. 😥
— ⚒david wilkinson⚒ (@wilko447) January 31, 2019
You do realise we have 10 injuries lads?
— Samzini⚒ (@Samcam06) January 31, 2019
This is mental, only recognised fit can we have are diop and Og 😂😂😂
— Dan 父 Good (@DaniGood) January 31, 2019
Loans out center back when that is the position that needs the most reinforcing
— Rob2018 (@Westham2018) January 31, 2019
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) January 31, 2019
So with half our centre backs out injured Oxford is still frozen out by the club, what on Earth has he done wrong?
— Samuel Kirkwood (@SKirky7) January 31, 2019
Really wouldn't have loaned him out we need cover at CB.
— Gavin (@uptonspark17) January 31, 2019
It’s a good job that we have plenty of centre half’s. Oh wait
— John (@0703jab) January 31, 2019
Better than Ogbonna….
— Jamie Norwood (@JimboNorwood) January 31, 2019