Having initially broke into the West Ham first team as a 16-year-old in 2015 – becoming the Hammers’ youngest ever player in the process – Reece Oxford’s career has not gone to plan since then.
Oxford has barely featured for the Irons’ first team since his 2015/16 breakout campaign and loan spells with Reading and Borussia Monchegladbach have both proved unsuccessful.
Now 19-years-old, the promising centre-back must get back to playing regular football to ensure that his huge potential does not go to waste. However, it seems very unlikely that Oxford’s future still lies at the London Stadium.
The time has come for the 6’3” teenager to seek pastures new and Aston Villa ought to take a gamble on the England under-20 international.
New Villa boss Dean Smith will likely want to bolster his backline in January given that James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe are the only two natural centre-backs at his disposal – though both are in fine form, extra depth in that part of the pitch would not go amiss at Villa Park.
A drop down to Championship level and the opportunity to work with legendary defender John Terry would likely do Oxford the world of good, and would also give him an opportunity to get back to playing football regularly again.
Despite this talent, Oxford is clearly out-of-favour and surplus to requirements at West Ham, meaning he’d likely be available in January on loan or for a cut-price fee, making him a cost-effective solution for the Villans too.
What do you think, Villa fans – would you welcome the arrival of Oxford in January?