Reece Oxford is hopeful former membership West Ham can pull off a serious shock by qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League.
The Hammers have been one of many Premier League’s shock packages this season after a robust marketing campaign below David Moyes.
The previous Manchester United boss has cemented his spot as a Supervisor of the Yr contender having bought the east London aspect into critical consideration for a top-four spot.
The likes of mortgage star Jesse Lingard in addition to Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal have all impressed this season, though West Ham’s hopes of gate crashing the Champions League subsequent season had been severely dented after they slipped to a 1-Zero defeat to Everton final weekend.
That outcomes leaves the Hammers 5 factors of fourth place with three video games of the 2020/21 season remaining.
As soon as upon a time Oxford was tipped as being certainly one of English soccer’s brightest skills when he grew to become West Ham’s youngest-ever participant in 2015 and famously starred on his Premier League debut towards Arsenal.
That show noticed the teenager likened to Rio Ferdinand however for one motive or one other, issues didn’t work out as hoped on the London Stadium and he left to affix Augsburg on a everlasting foundation in 2019 following a profitable preliminary mortgage spell.
Oxford instructed talkSPORT final Might that he left West Ham as he might now not see a pathway into the primary crew and has loved a breakthrough 12 months in Germany this season, making 23 appearances in all competitions for Augsburg.
Nonetheless, the 22-year-old nonetheless retains an eye fixed on his former crew’s outcomes and hopes the Hammers may cause an upset by qualifying for Europe’s premier competitors subsequent season.
Talking solely to talkSPORT, Oxford mentioned: “I believe they [West Ham] have gotten a great squad and there’s a number of new gamers added.
“However it’s the identical squad actually, so everybody is aware of one another and is aware of how everybody performs.
“It’s a great crew, it’s not simply people. They will push into the Champions League spots if they only maintain their heads down and hopefully, contact wooden, they do it.”
Arguably, although, West Ham’s prize asset is midfielder Declan Rice, who Oxford is aware of effectively after the duo performed collectively within the Hammers’ academy.
Rice has captained West Ham in Mark Noble’s absence this season and his kind over the previous couple of campaigns has reportedly attracted curiosity from the likes of Chelsea in addition to Manchester United.
Oxford isn’t stunned to see his former teammate doing so effectively on the London Stadium and praised Rice’s professionalism.
“We [have] performed collectively since we had been younger,” Oxford completed.
“He got here from Chelsea once I was at West Ham and he bought into the squad and he’s a participant that’s actually targeted. He’s actually skilled.
“All the pieces that’s been given to him, he’s deserved it.
“He’s been captain this season for West Ham when Nobes [Mark Noble] has not been taking part in, which is nice and the senior squad. He’s doing effectively.
“I believe he’s injured proper now, so hopefully he can come again and assist the crew.”
Quizzed on whether or not they nonetheless stay involved, Oxford responded: “Yeah we [still] communicate! I’ve him on Instagram.
“I’m nonetheless in contact with a number of of the gamers at West Ham, however I’m simply by no means in England anymore due to the coronavirus, so I’ve been right here for eight months now and never been capable of see anybody.”