By Danny Wright
West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has revealed that he is looking to emulate Chelsea’s Andreas Christiansen in his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Oxford, 18, will spend next season on loan with the Bundesliga club and will fill the void left by Danish defender Christiansen, 21, as he returns to Stamford Bridge following a two-year-long stay in Germany.
The Hammers’ academy product is highly-rated by the London Stadium faithful, and many believe that he is a potential star of the future.
Although Oxford will not be featuring in Slaven Bilic’s first-team plans any time soon, he is still eager to help Monchengladbach reach the Champions League next season.
“I want the team to do well and challenge for a Champions League spot, because last year they missed out. Hopefully we can do that and win a trophy too,” said Oxford to West Ham’s official website.
“Andreas Christiansen did well. He was here for two years. I played against him once and he’s a very good player.
“Now he’s back at Chelsea, so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and help the team to progress.
“It’s just such a great team. That’s why I’m here, to fight for a good position in the table and win trophies.”
Oxford spent the second half of last season on loan with Reading, but his stint at the Madejski Stadium proved fruitless as he earned just five appearances in Jaap Stam’s side, starting just two Championship fixtures.
If things go to plan, Oxford would look to earn a first-team spot at Monchengladbach, much like Christiansen did over the past two season as he played 82 times across all competitions.
West Ham’s defence was widely criticised last season as Bilic’s side slumped to a bottom half finish in the Premier League.
Oxford will no doubt be looking to help bolster the defensive options when he returns from his loan move to Germany.
In other West Ham news, the Irons are in talks over the signing of this 26-year-old forward.