Reece Oxford gives Instagram verdict on West Ham career after loan spell
By Will Butcher
Reece Oxford is confident that his disappointing loan spell with Championship outfit Reading will only serve him well in his future West Ham career.
Oxford, 18, joined Jaap Stam’s promotion-chasing side on loan until the end of the season in January, as he looked to gain first-team football to further his promising career.
However, Oxford has managed just two late substitute appearances for the Royals, making his first appearance against Preston on March 11 almost six weeks after joining Reading.
Posting on his personal Instagram account, the Hammers wonderkid used the phrase “Sometimes you have to go back to go forward” as he remains on loan at the Madjeski Stadium.
Wearing the number 32 shirt with Stam’s side, Oxford has found competition in the likes of Paul McShane, Tyler Blackett and Liam Moore too fierce as he struggles for minutes.
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The Hammers academy product has now just managed 197 minutes of first-team action this season, after seeing out the full 90 minutes in two of West Ham’s Europa League qualifiers.
Oxford will be known for his sensational Hammers league debut back at the start of the 2015-16 season as a 16-year-old, as he started in the holding midfield role against Arsenal.
Keeping the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla quiet, Oxford took the plaudits as the Hammers won 2-0 at the Emirates largely thanks to his display.
Although his career has taken a turn for the worse, the two-time England Under-20 international is confident that the loan will ultimately make him a better player.