Former West Ham United player Havard Nordtveit has had his say on the development of current Hammers talent Reece Oxford. Nordtveit, who left the club last summer to join Hoffenheim, was speaking exclusively to The Boot Room recently.
With Oxford a West Ham player that Nordtveit trained with every day, the Norwegian knows him well. The young Englishman is however currently out on loan with German side Borussia Monchengladbach, a team Nordtveit was with for over five years.
Therefore, few are better placed to comment on the talented West Ham star, than the Norwegian.
Nordtveit had this to say:
“He is still young, he has everything in front of him. Gladbach is a really nice club and the stadium has an average of 52,000 people.
“The things around the football is there and if Reece can start and do his development in German football, he doesn’t have any better place to be at his age.”
It was certainly a ringing endorsement of the German club from Nordtveit, who spent one season at the London Stadium in 2016-17.
Oxford’s West Ham career has certainly stumbled in recent times. He burst onto the scene on the opening day of the 2015-16 season. With Slaven Bilic struggling for players, he threw in the teenager for his debut in holding midfield. Oxford shackled Mesut Ozil in impressive fashion, leaving pundits and fans drooling over his ability.
But since then he has struggled to kick on. Rumours of a contract wrangle with the club persisted and a loan spell with Reading was limited in its success.
He has enjoyed some good moments in the Bundesliga and Gladbach are keen on the youngster. In January, it was reported by The Telegraph, that Gladbach are very keen to make the 19-year-old’s move permanent.
Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported that Oxford sees no future at West Ham and wants to make his German adventure permanent this summer.
Judging by Nordtveit’s comments it appears this move would be a good one for his fledgeling career.
Time will tell if the teenager does return to West Ham or not this summer. But if he does head to Germany, one former Hammer clearly feels he will be in good hands.