In Focus: Oxford keen to prove himself in Germany with West Ham future in doubt

According to an interview he did with German publication Bild, on-loan West Ham United defender Reece Oxford says he is determined to stay at Borussia Monchengladbach for the whole season despite struggling to make an impact so far.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Bild spoke to the 18-year-old about his future and with rumours that he can cut short his season-long loan with the Bundesliga outfit and return to the London Stadium in the New Year, but the young centre-back says he isn’t thinking about that option and wants to fight for his spot in the side.

What did Oxford say?

The teenager told Bild: “It’s true that I have the option to go back to West Ham early, but I’m not looking for it and I’m just going to play at Borussia.

“I’m only focused on the training and the possibility of playing.”

How has Oxford done so far this season?

Not too well, to be honest.

While he has been named in the matchday squad for all of Monchengladbach’s eight Bundesliga fixtures so far this term, he has had to settle for a spot on the substitutes’ bench and is yet to play a single competitive minute for the German club.

Will he get his chance?

He should do, yes.

The 18-year-old only seems to be one injury or suspension away from getting his opportunity in the backline, and he will look to impress when that chance finally comes his way.

Andreas Christensen took time to make an impact with the Bundesliga side during a two-year loan spell from Chelsea, and perhaps it will prove to be a similar situation for Oxford.

Should West Ham be worried?

They will be a little concerned, yes.

The young central defender has failed to push on after impressing for the club at the start of the 2015/16 season, and after failing to appear for the Irons last term he then struggled to get a spot in Reading’s team after joining them on loan in January of this year.

There have also been a lot of rumours recently that the east London outfit would be willing to sell Oxford in January if they receive a good offer, indicating that his Hammers career might already be over.


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