Does tweet prove the penny has dropped for Reece Oxford at West Ham

West Ham's Reece Oxford

Manchester United and Manchester City target Reece Oxford's future at West Ham United has been making headlines for over a year but has the penny dropped?

West Ham's Reece OxfordWest Ham's 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 last season aged just 16.

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 ever since with widespread reports that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was keen on securing his signature and faced competition from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

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 at the time by Sky Sports.

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

The speculation has been allowed to continue because of Oxford's refusal to sign a new long-term deal at the club.

That leaves Bilic in a predicament as the club could lose him for next to nothing.

The Hammers appear to be doing everything in the power to convince Oxford he has a clear path to the first team this season, even selling popular homegrown Hammer James Tomkins to Crystal Palace for £10m.

Despite Tomkins' sale, though, Oxford has barely featured so far besides a superb man of the match performance in the 3-0 win over Domzale in Europa League qualifying in the summer.

West Ham United's Reece Oxford during trainingWest Ham United's Reece Oxford during training

Oxford recently appeared to join his young teammate Marcus Browne in criticising Bilic on Twitter for a lack of game time, as reported by MSN Sport.

And he again took to Twitter to poke fun at reports he was set to sign a new deal with the East Londoners, as reported by the Daily Mail.

But the penny appears to have dropped if the defender's latest Twitter post is anything to go by.

"To feel success you got to struggle," Oxford tweeted.


West Ham's Reece Oxford in action with Werder Bremen's Fin BartelsPenny dropped? Oxford in action

If the tweet is a sign that the teenager is showing a more mature attitude towards his first team career then that could be great news for West Ham fans as there is no doubting Oxford's potential.

Likened to another Hammers Academy graduate Rio Ferdinand, Oxford has the world at his feet and if he bides his time could go on to captain club and country.

He also risks going the way of so many other promising youngsters should he take the leap to an elite club too soon.

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