Reece Oxford finally made his Borussia Monchengladbach debut on Saturday as the on-loan West Ham United centre-back played the final minute of the clash with Hoffenheim.
Oxford joined Gladbach on loan during the summer, but has struggled to earn a spot in the German outfit’s first team during the early stages of the 2017-18 campaign.
The 18-year-old has made 14 first-team appearances for West Ham, but only two of those came last season, where he also spent time on loan at Championship club Reading.
The decision to send Oxford on loan to Germany came as a surprise to a number of the West Ham fans, and it would be fair to say that many are still struggling to understand the point of the loan spell.
Indeed, whilst West Ham’s defence is struggling in the Premier League, Oxford, who is valued at £4.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is spending the majority of his time on the bench for Gladbach.
On Monday, West Ham’s official Twitter account congratulated Oxford for his Bundesliga debut, but a large number of the club’s supporters want the teenager back at the London Stadium.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) October 30, 2017
I find the concept of loaning players to teams better than us, counter productive. Oxford should currently be in our first team.
— Luke Bailey (@Lukeyswords) October 30, 2017
— Paul Schofield (@skoda1979) October 30, 2017
Meanwhile our defence is pony
— 10 pints bob (@10pintsbob) October 30, 2017
He came on in the 89th minute, we should bring him back and alternate between him and Rice in the centre of a back 3
— Chris Mark Biddle (@chrismbiddle) October 30, 2017
Can't see the point of this loan couldn't see the point of burkes loan either should of kept them and be playing better than what we have
— lee bono (@LeeLbono) October 30, 2017
Bring him back… we need him ⚒
— Terry Morton (@TerryMorton14) October 30, 2017
Bring him back and get him involved, how can you be good enough at 16 but exiled at 18 or loan him to a club where he will get games
— danny cornish (@fantasybandido) October 30, 2017
Not taking anything away from young Rice who has been excellent, but why didnt Oxford get the same run, especially after THAT debut??
— Mike Obeney (@mike_obeney) October 30, 2017
What is the point of this loan? He could be on the bench here. WHU totally unfathomable as usual!
— Kevin Mansell (@krmansell1) October 30, 2017