Reece Oxford left West Ham United to join German side Augsburg for around £3 million back in the summer of 2019.
The 24-year-old chose to move on from West Ham United just under four years ago after he struggled for first-team opportunities at the London Stadium.
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At the time, the powers that be at West Ham were criticised for allowing Reece Oxford – such a huge young talent – to leave the club.
Oxford burst onto the scene in East London in 2015, making his Premier League debut against Arsenal, and he completely bossed the game. He really did look like the real deal at the time.
Unfortunately for both Oxford and the Hammers, however, he failed to kick on from that point onwards.
After a couple of loan spells away from the London Stadium, he finally made his exit permanent in 2019 and initially impressed in the Bundesliga. However, he has really struggled with injuries this season…
West Ham vindicated with Reece Oxford decision
The 24-year-old centre-back, who can also play in defensive midfield, has endured a nightmare season so far.
Oxford has made only three Bundesliga appearances for Augsburg and has missed 23 games due to knee problems, calf injuries and illness (Transfermarkt).
Considering Oxford’s age, the injury problems that he has endured this season will be a real worry for him.
Many believed that Reece Oxford failed during his time with West Ham because of attitude problems, but he firmly denied those accusations, as covered right here on Hammers News.
On paper, the 24-year-old has absolutely everything needed to succeed at the very highest level of the game.
And there have been times over the past two or three years where he has threatened to fulfil his outstanding potential.
However, Oxford’s lack of robustness may well prevent him from doing that. And as things stand, West Ham have been vindicated in their decision to allow him to move on.
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