West Ham youngster would be wise to avoid Man City

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West Ham are said to be worried about losing Reece Oxford to Manchester City and have offered him a long-term contract to ward off any interest.

Looking at the fates of other youngsters who have made the switch to the Etihad, Oxford would be wise to accept his club’s offer.

The Citizens have bought in a number of prodigious English talents since they established themselves of big spenders and none have gone on to improve their careers.

Adam Johnson was the first of this mould to move to the blue half of Manchester and ended up spending just over two years with the outfit.

In that time, the ex-Middlesbrough man made just 39 Premier League starts before moving on to Sunderland in 2012, not gaining any England caps since then.

Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair both joined in the 2012/13 campaign, the same season Johnson departed, and both had poor times with the side.

Sinclair only made 13 top-flight appearances for City, 19 in total, while Rodwell managed 25 outings overall.

When the former Everton man made the move to the Etihad, he had already been capped twice by the Three Lions, but only has one substitute appearance to his name since.

Meanwhile, the current Aston Villa forward has never been capped for the senior side at international level.

This summer, the Champions League semi-finalists parted with £12m to bring Patrick Roberts in from Fulham.

The 19-year-old took to the field just three times for the Citizens before being moved to Celtic on an 18 month loan deal.

Clearly, with their desire to compete on all fronts, Man City don’t have the patience to integrate these youngsters into the team and this has seen them failing to live up to their potential.

Oxford was made the youngest player ever to represent the Hammers when he made his debut in the Europa League and this is a strong show of the type of faith that the Mancunians don’t have.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.