West Ham's Reece Oxford left embarrassed in Augsburg thrashing

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Premier League outfit West Ham United sent Reece Oxford back to the Bundesliga in the January transfer window.

Reece Oxford of Augsburg looks on during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg at Weserstadion on February 10, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

West Ham United were demanding £26 million for any clubs hoping to sign Reece Oxford on a permanent basis last summer, as reported by Augsburger Allemeine.

But it’s fair to say he looked well short of such a price tag on Sunday.

Having spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, the 20-year-old returned to the Bundesliga during the January transfer window, signing for Augsburg on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

 

Though Oxford’s first league start in Augsburg colours hardly went according to plan.

Martin Baum’s out-of-form side were thrashed 4-0 at an inspired Werder Bremen with Oxford one of the worst of a bad bunch. The versatile youngster started at centre-back and was left exposed again and again while his role in Bremen’s third goal, fired home in style by Milot Rashica, didn’t make for pretty viewing.

Milot Rashica (C) of Bremen celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg at Weserstadion on February 10, 2019 in Bremen, Germany.

Rashica cut inside and curled a stunning shot into the far corner, leaving Oxford in his backside in the process.

West Ham were obviously thinking about Oxford’s undoubted potential when demanding £26 million, but Sunday’s evidence shows that the so-called ‘new Rio Ferdinand’ has a lot of work to do.

Reece Oxford (L) of Augsburg balltles for the ball with Max Kruse auf Bremen during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and FC Augsburg at Weserstadion on February 10, 2019 in...

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