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Has Manuel Pellegrini just opened the door for West Ham United enigma Reece Oxford to reignite his Hammers career?

Labelled the ‘new Rio Ferdinand’ Reece Oxford has gone from one of the hottest prospects in European football to the Hammers outcast in the space of three seasons.

Oxford shot to prominence with a midfield masterclass on his debut against Arsenal aged just 16.

It has been an almighty fall from grace since.

The imposing youngster has barely had a look-in since.

Speculation has been rife as to why with many pointing to potential issues with his attitude.

West Ham United Training and Press Conference

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Oxford staying, time to reignite Hammers career?

That is an assumption made based on the fact he is immensely talented.

And it was once again a big talking point among Hammers fans after the club’s worrying midfield and defensive performance in the season-opener against Liverpool.

Then Oxford put in a classy performance against Spurs in the Under 23s and was described as ‘head and shoulders the best player on the pitch’ despite Xande Silva stealing the headlines with his superb debut hat-trick.

Many feel Oxford would have been the perfect foil for Jack Wilshere.

But instead talk has been rife he will be sold off to German club Borussia Monchengladbach, where he spent time on loan last season (Sky Sports).

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Like a new signing

However, new comments from Manuel Pellegrini have suggested Oxford will be staying which opens the door for him to reignite his Hammers career.

“When we built up a squad we knew that some players had to go out also because of the new nine players,” Pellegrini said in his pre-Bournemouth press conference, as reported by the Evening Standard.

“Especially young players need to play, they knew from the beginning they would go out on loan. The squad is the squad I want for the season.

“I don’t think any other players going out at the moment.”

Oxford could be like a new signing for the club.

His pace and versatility would be invaluable too.

Now it is down to the player to impress and force Pellegrini’s hand.