West Ham Youngster Becomes Latest English Player To Make Bundesliga Move

West Ham Youngster Becomes Latest English Player To Make Bundesliga Move
18:54, 31 Jan 2019

West Ham youngster Reece Oxford has become the latest young English talent to be sent to the Bundesliga for playing experience by his parent club.

He’ll head to FC Augsburg for the remainder of the season.

The defender, 20, has already spent time in Germany during two separate spells with Borussia Monchengladbach last season.

Oxford burst to prominence when marking Mesut Ozil out of the game against Arsenal at the tender age of 16. He had previously become the Hammers’ youngest ever player when appearing in a Europa League tie at just 16 years and 198 days back in 2015.

He has had his chances severely limited since then, though, and he has not made any Premier League appearance this season.

"The Bundesliga is a great league. I already noticed that at Borussia Mönchengladbach,” he told the club’s official website.

"Therefore, I am pleased that I can now play at FC Augsburg to get even more games in the Bundesliga. I want to help get as many points as possible in the coming weeks to celebrate avoiding relegation at the end of the season."

He follows Emile Smith-Rowe of Arsenal, who has headed to RB Leipzig for the remainder of the current season. The Gunners’ Reiss Nelson is, of course, with Hoffenheim of the same division.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho was something of a trailblazer for those who have come after him, having made a permanent switch from Manchester City.

Germany, it would seem, has become the finishing school to a new breed of English players for whom moving abroad at a young age holds no fears.