West Ham face Macclesfield Town in the cup tonight and it seemed the perfect stage for Reece Oxford to play.
Oxford’s career has stalled somewhat since he burst onto the scene aged 16. But some Hammers fans still hold high hopes for the 19-year-old, who captains the under-21 side.
With the Irons hosting League Two’s bottom side Macclesfield at The London Stadium tonight, Oxford may have been given a game.
Manuel Pellegrini is expected to ring the changes and play a rotated starting XI.
This cup tie would have given him a chance to run the rule over Oxford and assess whether he is ready for a more permanent first-team role.
But instead, Oxford played for the under-21 side last night. The England under-20 international skippered the young Hammers, who fell to a 2-0 Checkatrade Trophy defeat at Exeter City.
Other youngsters like Conor Coventry, Grady Diangana and Joe Powell were not included, sparking speculation that they could feature tonight.
Here are some West Ham fans’ comments about Oxford being snubbed.
No Oxford tomorrow night then! 😢
— Peadar MacÍomhair (@bigpete1974) September 25, 2018
Seems like he is back to square 1..
— Zack Walker ⚒ (@zackwalker2003) September 25, 2018
I'm guessing Oxford isn't playing for the 1st team tomorrow then.
— den vincent (@den_vincent) September 25, 2018
I notice Reece oxford still not called up to first team for the Macclesfield game and yet people compare Him to Declan Rice 😂😂
— Adam (@adambrown93) September 25, 2018
I would have thought Macclesfield would be perfect for Oxford alongside Ogbonna saves playing Diop or Balbuena.
— Dave RedgewellOS2016 (@redgewd) September 25, 2018
He's not good enough! stealing a living!
— IronsmanJP (@IronsManJP) September 25, 2018
That’s a shame, I’d have liked Oxford to get a chance also giving Balbuena and Diop a rest
— ForeverBoleyn.com (@foreverboleyn) September 25, 2018
Oxford is a study in how a bad agent can ruin a career.
— Adam Lewis (@AdamL1979) September 25, 2018