Newcastle is the perfect move for West Ham prodigy in limbo

St James Park

Newcastle United would offer the perfect destination for West Ham United prodigy Reece Oxford next season.

West Ham's Reece Oxford in action with Werder Bremen's Fin BartelsWest Ham's Reece Oxford in action

The Hammers recorded their best ever Premier League points total last season and a first positive goal difference since 1986 as they finished seventh, just outside the Champions League places.

The signs look good for the future too with the campaign also notable for the emergence of the club's youngest ever player Reece Oxford.

The supremely talented teenager made his debut with a midfield masterclass in a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in the opening game of the season aged just 16.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substitutedWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Reece Oxford as he is substituted

Protective Bilic

But after that he was used sparingly by manager Slaven Bilic who was keen to protect his young charge.

Speculation has been rife over the 6ft 5 teenager's future for the last few months with reports in the likes of the Mirror that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was keen on securing his signature.

Talk then turned to a potential loan move to relegated Newcastle United in the Championship before claims Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig wanted to make him their marquee signing after their promotion to the German top flight, as reported by Sky Sports.

If Oxford and his advisors have any sense, he will head to St James' Park for a season to accelerate his football education and return to East London an even better and matured player.

Rafa Benitez winks v Chelsea - May 2005Rafa Benitez

Newcastle loan ideal for all parties

The move would be perfect for all parties, the player, West Ham and the Magpies and here's why:

Benitez's tactical nous

Rafa Benitez is a very successful manager who has been in charge of the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan. Oxford cannot help but learn a vast amount under his tutelage of what is expected at the highest level.

Game time

Given the strength of West Ham's squad and the likelihood it will get even stronger still ahead of the big move to their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home this summer, Oxford is unlikely to play as much as he would like with the Hammers next season.

West Ham's Reece Oxford poses for a picture with fans as he holds the Under 21 Premier League trophyWest Ham's Reece Oxford poses for a picture with fans as he holds the Under 21 Premier League trophy

He is undoubtedly the club's brightest prospect and West Ham fans will hope he has a long and bright future with them.

But to do that he must get senior first team games under his belt and Newcastle can offer him that, while his supreme talent will also help the Geordies in their quest to bounce straight back to the Premier League.

Big club with big expectations

The great thing about Newcastle is the fact they are very similar to West Ham in that they have a loyal and passionate fanbase, who aren't afraid to let their teams know when they're not giving 100%.

With the pressure to be promoted, Newcastle would offer Oxford a steep learning curve which can only be of benefit to his long-term future.

He only needs to look at another West Ham prodigy Reece Burke on what the right loan can do for your credentials.

The young defender took a clean sweep of honours at Bradford City's end of season awards leaving him in a great position to fight for his place back at West Ham.

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