Slaven Bilic updates on West Ham United's Reece Oxford

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

West Ham United defender Reece Oxford is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Reece Oxford of West Ham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on August 9, 2015 in London, England.

Slaven Bilic has confirmed to Football.London that Reece Oxford still has a role to play at West Ham United.

Oxford was loaned out by West Ham towards the back end of last season to Reading, but he did not gain much first-team experience.

The Hammers then sent him on a temporary move to Germany this term, with the youngster joining up with Borussia Monchengladbach.

However, Oxford is yet to make an appearance in the Bundesliga, and that has led to concerns that the 18-year-old’s development could be stalling.

Reece Oxford of West Ham United is seen on arrival at the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road on February 13, 2016 in...

West Ham fans are now worried that Oxford may see his path to the first-team blocked by new additions.

But Bilic insists that he believes Oxford will become a first-team player for the Hammers next term.

"He needed to go somewhere to play more regularly, he is at a good club but unfrtunately he is still waiting," Bilic said.

"He is very positive and I expect him to get in their starting line up soon and come back to West Ham and be a regular player for us."

Oxford burst on to the scene as a 16-year-old, when he was given his first-team chance, and his performances were highly impressive.

Reece Oxford of West Ham United in action during the West Ham United training session at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tom...

Bilic has been more restrained with utilising the youngster in recent times though - with Oxford making just two appearances for the Hammers last term.

If Oxford does return to West Ham next term, he will be in competition with the likes of Jose Fonte, Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid for a starting role.

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