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Are English youngsters given a fair chance?


Despite showing talent, English youngsters are often pushed aside and replaced by expensive foreign acquisitions.

It was a scorching day in August 2015 when a 16-year-old Reece Oxford pulled the strings in the centre of midfield at the Emirates.

The West Ham youngster was by a mile the best player on the pitch that day, dealing with the likes of Cazorla and Ozil on your premier league debut is some feat for a boy of his age.

However, fast forward nearly two years and Oxford, who was tipped to be the next English prodigy after the game at the Emirates, has been loaned out to reading.

Some people could argue he wasn’t good enough, but how could you truly understand a player’s ability after just 7 games.

Instead of giving Oxford a fair chance in the first team, Slaven Bilic drafted in Håvard Nordtveit from Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Nordveit has proved a massive flop at the Olympic stadium, but still he has more appearances than Reece Oxford. Why is this? Reece Oxford has proved himself to be a better footballer in the premier league than Nordveit, yet he is the one who gets shipped out on loan to the championship.

I personally, as I’m sure many other football fans around the world, am sick of young talent not been given a fair chance in the first team.

This isn’t me however having a rant just at West Ham, the list of players who showed their talent, and were not given a sufficient chance over the years is endless.  James Wilson, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tyler Blackett are just a few of the youngsters who haven’t been given a chance in the top flight.

But, with clubs investing more in recruiting abroad, and cutting funding for local scouts. This trend of homegrown talent been forced out is set to continue for the foreseeable future.


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