By Harvey Byrne
West Ham fans have hammered co-owner David Gold on Twitter after he posted on the social media platform that it was hard for Reece Oxford to play due to having four internationals in front of him.
The Mirror claimed on Friday evening that the 18-year-old was set for a season-long loan move to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach after struggling for game time with the Hammers last season.
The teenager played just two Europa League qualifying matches in the last campaign, which follows from the 2015-16 campaign where he was tipped for big things after playing 14 times for the senior team, which included a highly impressive debut against Arsenal.
Now, Gold has explained via his personal Twitter account that the West Ham hierarchy have made the decision to send Oxford out on loan due to there already being established internationals ahead of him in the pecking order.
We have 4 experience international centre backs it's hard for a teenager to get selected ahead of them. His time will come. dg https://t.co/HV5oM62pBV
— David Gold (@davidgold) June 3, 2017
Of course, this is the second time in a month that Gold has made such a statement, which is clearly leaving West Ham fans angered as they are keen for their club to bring through their own products.
One supporter on the social media platform simply urged Gold to stop tweeting, while others commented that youngsters can’t prove they’re good enough without being given a chance.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
(David stop tweeting)
— Joe (@BoulcottJoe) June 3, 2017
But he was good enough to start against arsenal first game of last season?? He's better than fonte IMO
— malcolm bulled (@mallybulled) June 3, 2017
Are they the same 4 experienced defenders that shipped 4 or more goals in several games this year? Experienced – maybe, better? Mmnnn
— Richard Smith (@Rich_154) June 3, 2017
2 of which ain't good enough. Time to give him a chance
— Charlie Levy ⚒ (@CharlieLevy92) June 3, 2017
Would rather Oxford and Holland than the panic buys of Snodgrass and Fonte – think before you tweet
— Christopher Peacock (@Chriswhufc107) June 3, 2017
You say that but your at the risk of losing talented youngsters because we don't give them a chance anymore, it's a shame #coyi
— Jamie Burnham ⚒ (@Burnham_32) June 3, 2017
In other West Ham news, the Hammers have joined Premier League duo in hunt for attacker.