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West Ham can't afford to let Reece Oxford leave permanently

West Ham United's Scottish manager David Moyes shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Ham...

The West Ham starlet is reportedly wanted on a permanent deal by his loan club.

Reece Oxford of West Ham United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and West Ham United at the Riverside Stadium on January 21, 2017 in...

Reece Oxford may not have progressed quite as expected since his initial breakthrough into the West Ham United team two seasons ago, but the prospect still has a very good chance of succeeding at the club.

Capable of playing as a centre-back or a defensive-midfielder, Oxford showed some very encouraging initial signs for West Ham in the 2015/16 season but has since endured some frustrating loan spells.

Last season, for instance, Oxford was unable to command a regular starting berth after joining Reading on loan for the second half of the campaign.

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...

Meanwhile, this season he has been restricted to just one minute of Bundesliga football for Borussia Monchengladbach, with the 18-year-old finding himself in another frustrating situation.

Despite the lack of game time he has been afforded, however, Monchengladbach are eager to sign Oxford on a permanent basis, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

Given Oxford's vast potential, West Ham simply cannot contemplate letting him leave permanently, even if Monchengladbach were to make an appealing offer.

Tony Watt of Blackburn Rovers is challenged by Reece Oxford of West Ham United during The Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United at Ewood park on...

At the very least Oxford deserves a sustained opportunity to show that he is worthy of a regular place in the West Ham side, something which he could well be afforded next season.

Allowing Oxford to leave at this stage of his development could turn out to be a disastrous move for West Ham, who should instead still see him as a potential solution to the defensive issues that they have endured this season.

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