Eberl urges Oxford to remain patient

Reece Oxford

VfL Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has urged loanee Reece Oxford not to become despondent after failing to make a first-team breakthrough this season.

Oxford joined Gladbach on a season-long loan from West Ham with a massive reputation as one of the Premier League’s finest defensive prospects.

The 18-year-old’s move was promoted by Andreas Christensen’s return to English champions Chelsea, having excelled in a three-man defence during his two years on loan at Borussia-Park.

However, with Oxford yet to feature for the first team, there’s been rumours of the teenager wanting to return to the Hammers in January.

“There is a clause that they could take him back if he plays too few games,” Eberl told The Times. “But we hope to be able to show Reece and West Ham very soon that he can have a perfect development here this season.

“The example for him is Andreas Christensen – not an English player, but another top, talented defender from a Premier League club. Andreas played two years here at the top level, made a huge improvement and is now playing for Chelsea.”