17-year-old West Ham United prodigy Reece Oxford has been on a rollercoaster ride for the past year, after starring on the opening day of the Premier League season last term in a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the age of just 16.
Since then, though, Croatian boss Slaven Bilic has elected to use the teenager sparingly and, due to his limited first-team opportunities, a wealth of speculation has surrounded the player’s future – with the most high-profile story seeing the midfielder linked with a move to RB Leipzig in the summer by Sky Sports.
With Oxford yet to commit his long-term future to the Hammers with a new contract, speculation continues to persist but a cryptic tweet posted in recent days by the player suggests he’s showing maturity and patience with the situation.
To feel success you got to struggle ????????
— Ox (@Reeceoxford_) October 17, 2016
James Tomkins was sold to Crystal Palace in the summer, clearing a path for Oxford into the first-team, but he’s still struggled to make an impression. Yet it’s clear that West Ham fans are desperate for him to stay on at the club, with some even tipping him as a future captain.
@Reeceoxford_ You'll get your chance, keep working hard Reece. We love you⚒
— IronsHome (@Irons_Home) October 17, 2016
@Reeceoxford_ you're West Ham's future captain mate. Stick with us.
— West Ham Dave 父 (@WestHamUtdDave) October 17, 2016
@Reeceoxford_ It will come mate. Keep working hard. You'll get your chance soon enough. We're all behind you ????????⚒
— Tom Vincent ⚒ (@TomVincent1994) October 17, 2016
@Reeceoxford_ The fans of West Ham love you bro! Don't leave the best family in football ⚒⚒⚒
— Billy⚒ (@Adrian_SMDC) October 17, 2016