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Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
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Reece Oxford wishes he did more gym work to keep fit while at West Ham United

In August 2015, English defender Reece Oxford became West Ham United’s youngest league debutant aged 16, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the season opener against Arsenal.

Shockingly, the Hammers’ academy graduate only played seven more league games for the club – six of which came that same season – before joining FC Augsburg permanently during the summer after a temporary stint last term.

Oxford had loan spells at Reading and Borussia Mönchengladbach as he sought regular playing minutes after dropping out of the first-team picture, and has revealed one of the major reasons he thinks led to his failure to keep up with the pace at the London Stadium club.

The versatile Augsburg man attributes his lack of gym work to his West Ham struggles and he wishes he did more of them while at the club.

“Since the age of 15 I had been playing/training with the first team so I missed so much of the stuff I needed like the gym work, which a lot of young players do,” Oxford told The Athletic.

“I played the Leicester City game the week after the Arsenal game and my body was finished. I had so many hamstring injuries and back injuries and that was because I was hardly doing any gym work. In the first team, they don’t do as much gym work as the under-16s or under-18s who need to build up their strength and endurance.

“I wasn’t doing enough of that and looking back now I wish I did because I would’ve been able to handle it a bit more.”

Oxford was tipped to go all the way and establish himself as a key member of the West Ham starting XI following that Arsenal game, but it all came too early and sudden for his development, and he would hope to use that lesson to spur himself on going forward.

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gph 7:24 Sun Oct 6
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
flyingV: Augsberg is probably the closest German professional football club to Landsberg Prison, the luxury hotel* where Adolf Hitler was imprisoned and where he wrote Mein Kampf.

*Well, it fucking was compared the rest of the German prison system. Friends in high places

On The Ball 7:08 Sun Oct 6
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
zico - absolutely. I can't stand the cunt but you cannot fault his effort and application in himself. It was always going to tell once he'd left us and he had to try in matches as well.

Boycie 6:54 Sun Oct 6
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
proper lazy he could have done a personal programme. There's a great story about how they locked Ronaldo out of the gym and he broke into it and was training at 2am. That's why he is where he is and Oxford is where he is

zico 9:41 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Too many think they have made it after an appearance or two these days, probably due to the money they are earning and the fact that the day after a game they aren't cleaning a senior pros boots like in the old days!! As much as I'm not keen on Junior the Lampard's were a perfect example of how to "make" it and that's by staying on after training and working extra hard on your weaknesses.

On The Ball 9:22 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
He was on Twitter playing the mental health card earlier.

the exile 8:56 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Sheffield Utd strike me as a full-on, blood and thunder, balls-out kind of side. Where does Ravel Morrison fit into that?

Eddie B 8:48 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
That reminds me, has Ravel Morrison played a single league match for Sheffield United yet?

Tomshardware 8:46 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Flyingv hahahah

SUM A DING WONG 8:43 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
terry-h,

I know where you're coming from with regards to people inside the club over doing it with the praise of certain youth players.

Players are just commodities to them, so they want to praise them as much as possible - even if they're not that great.

Let them be overhyped - if they're any good we keep them - if not, hopefully some other team believes the bollocks and spends money on them.

Darby_ 7:09 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Oxford getting too many first team games reminds me of Alex V saying that we shouldn’t buy Diop because players like Oxford won’t get enough first team games.

Either way, I went over to check Alex’s twitter and was amused to see Vinny piling into him.

https://mobile.twitter.com/ratfootalex/status/1180088739357495296

ironsofcanada 7:02 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
flyingV 6:56 Fri Oct 4

Got a chuckle from me.


Hermit

He was with them on loan last year, he had 5 league starts with a combined 24 goals conceded in them.

flyingV 6:56 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
The German version of this article is titled: “Reece Oxford: Mein Kampf”

Hermit Road 6:55 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Hes started 1 game for them. Hes a talented player but you have to question his attitude and work ethic if he isn't motivated to train hard enough.

ironsofcanada 6:49 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
On Trott

We got David Martin so we could send him on loan. Someone saw enough there to do that.

He has started most games for the Dons. They are a awful team, true, but they have two other options if he was completely abject. Someone is seeing something there.

He got a U-21 call-up but did not play. Someone saw something there.

He is 20 years old. Keepers have many years to develop. Let's wait and bit more and see.

terry-h 6:40 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
SUM A DING WONG

You're the one that named him, not me, ha ha.
I'm trying to let any fans who havnt seen him not fall for the ridiculous notion that he's some wonder keeper as suggested by some people within the club.
Even Huffers mentioned the other day he's shit after some idiot wondered if Trott can be recalled from Wimbledon in January.
I've nothing against the young lad, just that he has deficiencies in the art of goalkeeping which are beyond help.

SUM A DING WONG 4:17 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Hahaha!

terry-h,

You really have it in for Trott, don't you?!

Come on, this is personal - what's the obsession with Trott?

crystal falace 4:16 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
None of the others strike me as being first team potential, certainly not the goalkeeper on loan in South London.


Are you not counting Johnson as a young player or just forgot about him? or do you think he's not good enough?

Sven Roeder 4:14 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
He is the classic ‘champion’ at 15 who thinks he has made it.
He is still only 20 so he has time but it’s got to be inside you
Plenty of kids are talented but many just plateau.

Rice is an example you’d show to all kids.
Work, work and work some more. And keep learning
Getting to a Premier league club is the start not the end

terry-h 4:08 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
I'd be very interested what the Augsburg fans think of him. 'Not a lot' I'd guess.

Of our new batch of u-23s, I'd say Diangana and Holland might make it provided they adopt the same attitude as Rice.
None of the others strike me as being first team potential, certainly not the goalkeeper on loan in South London.

Moncurs Putting Iron 2:52 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
Grumpster

Think you might have just hit the nail on the head.

Nuture vs Expliotation.

Grumpster 2:21 Fri Oct 4
Re: Reece Oxford - "Why I struggled"
You only need to look at the difference in attitude between him and Rice to see why he never made it.

Oh and there's the fact that Rice isn't managed by a cunt of a mother.

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