Smith-Rowe, Oxford Turn out to be Newest UK Prospects To Make German Transfer
English Underneath-17 world champion Emile Smith-Rowe and West Ham defender Reece Oxford on Thursday joined the development of UK kids heading for the Bundesliga because the pair signed mortgage offers with separate German golf equipment.
Arsenal midfielder Smith-Rowe, 18, accomplished a medical and signed for RB Leipzig till the tip of the season, simply earlier than the switch window closed at 17:00 on Thursday.
The midfielder has some first-team expertise with the Gunners this season having performed in 4 Europa League matches, scoring in each the 3-Zero wins at Azerbaijan aspect Qarabag and Ukrainians Vorskla Poltava.
Smith-Rowe arrives with a ringing endorsement from Freddie Ljungberg, his coach in Arsenal’s Underneath-23 group, who described the winger as “humble” and a “position mannequin” after serving to England juniors win the Underneath-17 world title in 2017.
In the meantime, down in Bavaria, Oxford, a 20-year-old centre-back, signed for struggling Augsburg till June, having spent final season at Borussia Moenchengladbach.
“With Reece Oxford we have now secured the providers of an excellent centre-back for Augsburg,” mentioned group supervisor Stefan Reuter, who signed ex-Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as assistant coach this week.
“He already is aware of the Bundesliga from his time at Borussia Moenchengladbach and will definitely not have any main adjustment difficulties, so he can assist us shortly.”
Oxford arrived in Germany searching for sport time having but to play a single minute this season beneath Hammers supervisor Manuel Pellegrini.
Each Oxford and Smith-Rowe are the newest younger British expertise heading to Germany within the hope of gaining match expertise after up to now being given restricted alternatives at Premier League golf equipment.
Smith-Rowe turns into the fourth British teenager presently at a Bundesliga membership after Schalke 04 reportedly paid Manchester Metropolis 9 million euros for Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo, 18, on Wednesday.
Alongside Smith-Rowe and Matondo, Jadon Sancho, 18, has been impressing for league leaders Borussia Dortmund since signing from Manchester Metropolis in August 2017, whereas England Underneath-21 midfielder Reiss Nelson, 19, can be on mortgage from Arsenal at Hoffenheim.
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