West Ham United fans are calling for Slaven Bilic to recall Reece Oxford from his loan spell at Reading, with Winston Reid set to be out injured for a considerable period of time.
Reid is set to miss the next six weeks’ worth of action, leaving their options short at centre-back.
West Ham are likely to have to field James Collins and Jose Fonte as their centre-back pairing in the coming weeks, and their lack of mobility is a concern.
West Ham fans now want Oxford to be recalled and handed his chance at the London Stadium.
Time for West Ham to recall and give youth a chance— FONTE OUT (@WestHamLondon) March 20, 2017
Would still rather see Oxford play ahead of Fonte
@COYI_TIM Recall Oxford and Cullen imo. I wanna see both of them play— Ol (@KingKou98) March 20, 2017
We HAVE to recall burke or oxford, we have no choice.. Collins and Fonte together is frightening— Connor (@_ConnorWHUFC) March 20, 2017
if the board and bilic don't come to a decision to recall oxford, cullen, martinez and maybe even start browne i will be VERY disappointed— ️ (@tyIerjm) March 20, 2017
We have to recall Reece Oxford. This is his chance.— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) March 20, 2017
Recall oxford now. He can get 6 weeks at CB until Reid is back, kouyate will need to be CM so no other option apart from Collins— James Stuart Absolon (@JamesAbsolon) March 20, 2017
If reid is out for the foreseeable then maybe recall oxford? He's not getting played at reading and he's good enough in my opinion— C O N N O R ⚒ (@connorKarma) March 19, 2017
Oxford has been on the verge of a first-team breakthrough at West Ham for some time, but Bilic deemed that his progression would be best served with a loan move.
Oxford has barely featured for Reading since joining though, and has made just two brief substitute appearances.
It is not entirely clear whether West Ham have included a recall clause in their loan deal with Reading, which would enable Bilic to bring him back.
West Ham are next in action in two weeks’ time, when they take on Hull City.