The reliable Hammers news source claims that the Chilean may be ready to give the 20-year-old a full pre season to assert his case for a chance in his team.
Pellegrini had previously been keen to offload the youngster this summer, having relegated him to outcast status at the London Stadium. However, Oxford was pictured back in first team training at Rush Green on Monday, leading to talk of a potential U-turn from the manager.
Oxford’s story has been a sad one for the last few years, but could it turn out to have a happy ending after all? We’ve seen over his time at the club that Pellegrini is prepared to give his players a chance. He doesn’t like simply writing people off, which is why he’s giving the likes of Winston Reid and Josh Cullen the pre season to show him what they can do. In the past he’s considered Oxford a waste of space and wanted to ship him out. Indeed, he was clearly happy for Oxford to leave on a permanent basis if the Augsburg deal could have been done. However, things broke down with the Bundesliga outfit, and so he has ended up staying. So, unless somebody else comes in with a decent bid for the youngster, then it’s probably worth Pellegrini giving him an opportunity to state his case across the friendly matches his team will be involved in this month. From there, the former Manchester City boss can make an informed decision on what to do with the one-time Hammers starlet.