West Ham’s under-23 side played against Porto in the International Cup last night, securing a 2-1 win.
But there were many household names missing from the academy side, including Reece Oxford.
The 19-year-old has been a regular for the Development Squad this season, captaining the side each week.
But West Ham fans are speculating that he could be set for a senior call-up as the Hammers face Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup tonight.
Reece Oxford at West Ham
Oxford made his West Ham debut aged 16 but since then, he has only managed 16 more first-team outings.
In addition to this, he has played for Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach on loan.
The England under-20 international is yet to impress Manuel Pellegrini enough for a call-up.
But could this change tonight?
The youngster who could play
Oxford was not the only youngster to miss out last night. Conor Coventry, Joe Powell and Moses Makasi were all omitted from the under-23 squad.
Coventry and Powell have already made their first-team debuts but it could be a first taste of action for central midfielder Makasi.
Here are some things West Ham fans were saying regarding Oxford’s exclusion from the under-23 game.
I reckon so. We need bodies
— Tony Pezzolesi (@TonyHammer61) October 30, 2018
Hopefully , its time we give the guy a chance to shine, we have treated him poorly for too long.
— 父 Adam Smith 父 (@Adam27996) October 30, 2018
No oxford Powell Coventry or makasi all surely in the squad tomorrow
— will earle (@willearle_) October 30, 2018
Oxford with us tonight 👍🏼🤔
— Dunc9 (@WHU99) October 31, 2018
Will be on the bench dont recon he will start
— Jack_Braxton (@jackwhu93) October 30, 2018
Have to imagine he's in the squad for tomorrow v Tottenham.
— DenverWestHam (Scott Davis) (@DenverWestHam) October 30, 2018
If Oxford not there probs means in squad for tomorrow
— I like west ham but i hate the easports servers (@Lxnzini_10) October 30, 2018
Oxford in the squad tomorrow then
— Fayo (@Fayo23) October 30, 2018