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Oxford’s sad story still has no ending

Reece Oxford is becoming perhaps the saddest Hammers story since – dare I mention his name – Ravel Morrison.

ClaretandHugh learned last night that the boy thought most likely to succeed has become a member of that unfortunate “what on earth happens to them next” club.

In the end the experience of making him a £20k teenager on signing a new deal has turned out to be one of those mistakes which leave you gawking and wondering where it all went so wrong.

This is the same Reece Oxford who the media took great joy out of linking with Arsenal, Man United and City, Liverpool and any other big six club they could reasonably convince the public may be interested.

Now we discover him on loan at Augsberg – 14th in the Bundesliga – where he has appeared just seven times since making a winter loan move when Manuel Pellegrini explained he wasn’t part of his plans.

Oxford, oddly, followed up from what was clearly a weak position declaring he didn’t want to be at the Hammers anyway …hmm! Perhaps not the wisest move in the circumstances.

Speaking to ClaretandHugh last night a very senior source said by email that Augsberg – hardly among the more glamorous European names – have a €4 million  (£3.4m) option on the youngster which they are yet to activate.

We are talking a player here who was being linked with £15m plus moves a couple of years back as a teenager.

It’s unusual for any manager to be so blunt about one of his players but Pellegrini said at the time of Oxford’s loan opportunity:  “He is a player that has already played in the Bundesliga and he has an option to continue improving, going on loan or sell, I think he must do it because he needs experience.”

It doesn’t get a lot more forthright than that and has us all considering what might have been and why Reece finds himself at this point.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “Oxford’s sad story still has no ending

  1. It is sad-very sad. It cannot be easy for a young kid (which is what he was) to adjust his expectations after being told by so many older & wiser (?) people how great he was going to be. He could hardly turn down a big contract if some of those people were daft enough to offer it to him. Also I don’t think it should be assumed that it was his fault that his career has nose dived following the contract. Many gifted young kids in all sports end up not making the grade and it doesn’t have to be because they get big headed or don’t work hard enough. It is a very competitive process & very few make it. It must be tough for the ones who are led to believe they will be special to find that they are not after all. I hope things work out for this young man, if not at West Ham then somewhere else.

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