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Why A Failed Loan Stint For This English Starlet Is Good News For West Ham United

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Emerging youngster Reece Oxford is set to return from his loan stint at Borussia Monchengladbach what has been an unsuccessful spell for him. The West Ham United youngster was supposed to be at the German club for this whole season but lack of involvement forced the East London club to call up him back to England.

The English U-20 international will now return to London at the year-end and will be ready for a new stint at the London Stadium. The central defender, who is also comfortable playing as a midfielder, is one of the brightest prospects to have emerged from the academy and it would be a golden opportunity for the English youngster to impress Slaven Bilic.

The 18-year-old is yet to appear in a single match for the German club six games into the season. Having signed a new deal last year the youngster is tied to a long-term contract at the London Stadium.

After failing to break into the Hammers first team, he went on to the Championship side Reading on loan to spend the second part of the last season. This season, he would have hoped he would start a new chapter as he opted to move to Bundesliga to have more experience as a first-team player.

But in a more frustrating move, he has been on the bench and hasn’t been used, which in turn has been a blessing in disguise for the Hammers. Bilic would love to have a player of his calibre who would only better his team’s quality.

Oxford’s return means he will be ready for the new journey from January as according to FIFA regulations he has to spend this stipulated time in Germany. But things could be changed following the 6-1 hammering at the hand of Borussia Dortmund.

Monchengladbach gaffer Dieter Hecking could bring a number of changes to the side and the youngster might get a chance for the first time this season. The Hammers should have included a clause which would have compelled the German club to give him at least few chances to prove his credentials.

It would be great for both him and West ham if the club prefers to use him in the remaining time His excellent debut against Arsenal is still fresh in everyone’s memories but he failed to back up his display with sufficient quality performances in the later part of his career. Can he be of help to West Ham this season?

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