In Focus: West Ham must be wary when selecting loan destination for young duo

According to reports in the Daily Mail, West Ham United are ready to send youngsters Reece Oxford and Domingos Quina out on season-long loan deals next season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Irons believe that they have two of the best young talents in the country on their hands, but they also believe the duo aren’t ready for a prolonged run in the first team just yet.

Despite featuring in the Europa League qualifiers last summer, Quina has only been an unused substitute since.

Meanwhile, despite being a surprise name in the starting line-up on the opening day of the 2015/16 season and helping the Hammers beat Arsenal at the Emirates with an assured display, the 18-year-old soon found first team opportunities hard to come and endured a disappointing loan spell with Reading this season.

What happened with the Royals?

When the centre-back moved to the promotion-chasing Madejski Stadium during the January transfer window both Slaven Bilic and Reading manager Jaap Stam would have hoped that he could make a huge impression.

It hasn’t quite turned out that way though with the 18-year-old making just five appearances for the Berkshire outfit, who will face Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final later this month.

As one of the best centre-backs over the course of the last couple of decades, Stam should certainly know what he’s talking about when it comes to defenders.

Do they both still have a long-term future?

Of course. This plan is solely to get them playing regular football, rather than with a view to a permanent exit.

The Irons see Oxford as a future captain of the club, while Quina is an exciting 17-year-old that helped Portugal win the European Under-17 Championships last year.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, the club are right to want to loan the duo out to aid their development and to get the regular playing time that they won’t at the London Stadium, but the Reading disappointment for Oxford shows that they must be careful when picking the duo’s destination.