Reece Oxford has been spotted in pre-season training with West Ham. Many expected him to leave but he is still at the club and he will be eager to impress in pre-season.
Last season, he did not impress Manuel Pellegrini. Big things were expected after he returned from a loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach but he did not make the matchday squad once.
Even when Pellegrini handed debuts to a host of youngsters (Grady Diangana, Conor Coventry and Joe Powell) against Macclesfield Town, Oxford was not in the squad.
This forced the 20-year-old to seek a January loan exit. He headed to Augsburg in the German Bundesliga, where he had a mixed spell. Ahead of this summer, few expected him to return to West Ham.
Reece Oxford nearly leaves West Ham
Earlier this summer, a permanent move to Augsburg broke down over personal terms. West Brom and Middlesbrough have since entered the race, according to The Telegraph.
However, it seems that Pellegrini will give Oxford one final chance to impress in pre-season. If he can fulfil his potential, the England U20 centre-back or holding midfielder could save West Ham a lot of money.
But he has divided opinion among West Ham fans for a few seasons now. And yet again, the Hammers fanbase is torn; should Oxford stay or should he leave?
Some West Ham fans want Reece Oxford out
Cycling all the way to West Brom?
— Conor Watts (@Conorwatts15) July 2, 2019
Sell him on as quick as
— Mary (@ZaynafamilyMary) July 1, 2019
Hopefully sold soon👀
— Jurac (@54fc875286444f7) July 1, 2019
Hopefully he’ll be gone soon, waste of talent
— Boris (@AlfieJohnson7) July 1, 2019
Obviously not as good as once thought. If it’s TRUE about his attitude just get rid
— GingerJohn (@JohnThomson4) July 2, 2019
When we said We think it’s about time you were on your bike……
— Al Bundy (@AlBundy37279026) July 1, 2019
But some want Reece Oxford to stay
Let’s give him a chance, undoubtably a talent, maybe Pellegrini can help him and he must look at Declan Rice and be inspired.
— Lee D ⚒ (@Heydawro) July 1, 2019
Future of the club
— Tommy McCullough (@Tommy_Mac92) July 1, 2019
Top talent. Hope he stays, knuckles down & earns game time. New season, a fresh start. Important Hammers get behind him, lay off the abuse & negativity.
Yes, there have been some contract issues/ agent influence but if he gets his head right he’ll be class just like Rice.
— Andrew Bontiff (@ABontiff4) July 1, 2019
Would 100% keep him rather than the money we’re talking about getting for him!
If he can get himself right he had so much potential, saves us buying a back up CB
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) July 1, 2019
A fit and motivated @Reeceoxford_ would be like a new signing. So wanted him to be a success at hammers. Go on Reece prove the doubters wrong.
— Staffordshire Martyn (@martyn66m) July 1, 2019
If he knuckles down I would 100% give him another chance can play cb and cover cdm even rb Aswell
— will earle (@willearle_) July 1, 2019