All We Are Saying Is Give Reece A Chance

No one exactly knows, has known or seems they will know what has occured between young Hammers star Reece Oxford and his manager Manuel Pellegrini, once tipped to be the brightest star to emerge from the 'famous' West Ham Academy, Reece has seen his career go backwards. The 6'3" just turned 20 year old can play as a centre half or in midfield, but his debut as a sixteen year old which saw him dominate the Arsenal players during a 2-0 away victory for the club seems an awful long time ago now.

Slaven Billic, recognising Oxford's massive potential mapped out a 'route to the top' for the talented youngster, part of which was to 'shield' him from the pitfalls that players like Ravel Morrison had experienced, part of the plan was to loan Oxford out to gain playing time and then ease him into the first team eventually. Oxford's agent knowing what hot property his client had become pushed for and succeeded in landing a lucrative four year deal for the then seventeen year old. The initial loan deal to Reading didn't go too well with Reece only playing five games before returning to his parent club, two further loan periods in Germany with Borussia Mönchengladbach saw an equally disappointing few appearances, only seven starts in all competitions.

Reece Oxford was then recalled from Mönchengladbach by David Moyes but didn't do enough to impress the Scot, it seemed that his destiny was to return to the German team who were willing to pay up to £12 Million for his services. When Manuel Pellegrini arrived at the London Stadium the first thing he did was to 'wipe the slate clean' for players, everyone had a fresh opportunity to start again under the watchful eyes of the vastly experienced Chilean. Robert Snodgrass was the player who benefited most from the 'fresh start'option, Pelle saw enough in him to give him a second chance, something he grabbed with both hands and feet, he is now one of the first players in the starting line up.

Manuel Pellegrini has had ample time and opportunity to run the rule over Oxford, and for whatever reason obviously doesn't 'fancy' him, we think it relates to an issue not only with the player's attitude but more so the power Oxford's agent has over him and the poor advice he gives his client.

This is however FA Cup weekend, Pellegrini HAS to give some of his players a break, so surely now would be the time to give Oxford a run out, in a way it is a win win situation, Reece could go out and play a blinder which would either make El Pel take stock of his player or put the youngster in the shop window, after all it must be strange for the lad to have seen other Academy players leap frog past him, Rice, Diangana and Coventry have all leaped ahead of him in the pecking order. So all we are saying is "Give Reece A Chance'. - Ed



I ask the question is he as good as his early promise suggested?surely if he was he would be given his chance

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nevillenixon's picture

Evidently not, as he didn't even make the matchday squad! Something very odd about the whole situation, perhaps they are 'wrapping him up'ahaead of selling him, who knows, it's apity though he had massive potential.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

Must be something radically wrong with this lad that even today hes not involved. I cant help but feel really sorry for the lad and sooner we let him go the better for his sake.

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