The West Ham United youngster is yet to feature since moving to Germany on loan.
When West Ham United sent Reece Oxford on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach, they would have been hoping the teenager would finally get the regular game time his talent deserves. However, six matches into his temporary stint in the Bundesliga, the Hammers youngster is yet to make his debut.
It is another frustrating situation for a player who showed, as a 16-year-old, that he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.
But memories of his outstanding debut against Arsenal have long since faded, and the now-18-year-old needs to ensure his time at Gladbach does not go the way of his ill-fated spell at Reading last season.
There could be light at the end of the tunnel, with the German club suffering a 6-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, while Oxford again watched from the bench.
That defensive horror show could finally prompt a change of personnel and, if it does, Oxford could finally be in line to show what he can do.
The West Ham player was not signed to simply make up the numbers, or at least he shouldn't have been. After one failed loan spell, the Hammers hierarchy should have insisted on regular minutes for the centre-back to ensure he returns ready to stake a claim at the London Stadium.
As a result, it will be interesting to see Gladbach's next team selection, and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic may be more eager than most to see if Oxford finally gets the call.
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