When Reece Oxford made his first team debut for West Ham United in 2015, as a 16-year-old, he became the Hammers’ youngest ever player. At that point, big things were expected of the young centre-back.
However, 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.
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Now 19-years-old, the promising defender must get back to playing senior football regularly to ensure that his huge potential does not go to waste. Time and talent are still on the England under-20 international’s side, though he may have to seek a move away from the London Stadium to get the first team action he needs.
Aston Villa would be wise to take a punt on Oxford. New Villa boss Dean Smith will likely want to bolster his backline in January as extra depth in that part of the pitch would not go amiss at Villa Park.
Villans fans certainly seem on board with taking a gamble on the outcast teen, with 81% of those who took part in our poll voting in favour of making a move for Oxford in January. See the full results below.