With the January transfer window now open, clubs up and down Europe will be looking at the possibility of adding new faces to their squads as they attempt to end the season stronger than they started it.
West Ham United are one such club, having endured a dismal start to the current campaign.
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Whilst Tuesday nightâ€™s dramatic victory over West Bromwich Albion may have lifted the Hammers out of the bottom three, by just a solitary point, there is little doubt that more quality is needed within the Ironsâ€™ ranks if they are to avoid the dreaded drop.
However, West Ham should also invest in the future by loaning out a couple of players who will greatly benefit from regular first-team football elsewhere and return to the London Stadium during the summer ready to push for a place in the senior side.
Following his eye-catching debut as a raw 16-year-old in a 2-0 victory away to London rivals Arsenal, centre-back Reece Oxford has failed to kick on as many who witnessed the teenager mark Mesut Ozil of that match at the Emirates Stadium expect.
A recent loan spell with German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach was cut short by manager David Moyes last month, with the Scot claiming that the 19-year-old was not featuring regularly enough at Borussia-Park, having made just four appearances in all competitions for the club.
Oxford, however, is wanted on a permanent basis by Gladbach, who have reportedly tabled a Â£10 million bid for the Englishman and whilst Moyes would be foolish to sell the teenager, he should seriously consider loaning out the West Ham youngster to a fellow English club to allow him to get used to the rigours of the domestic game.
The England under-20 international is held in high regard by those at the London Stadium and a temporary move to a Championship side could prove to be invaluable for Oxford before pushing to cement his place in the Hammers first team at the start of next season.
Another West Ham teenager who would benefit from a loan spell away from the club is Sead Haksabanovic, who joined the Irons for a fee believed to be worth Â£2.7 million back in August.
Since moving to the London Stadium, the 18-year-old has made just one appearance for the West Ham first-team, during Septemberâ€™s Carabao Cup victory over Bolton Wanderers, featuring predominantly for the Under-23 side.
However, the teenager, who is already a full Montenegro international, caught the eye during his debut performance and is no doubt one for the future.
With West Ham boss Moyes expected to strengthen his options in the middle of the park this month, the midfielder would be better off spending the remainder of the current campaign on loan plying his trade in a lower league so as to be better equipped for more first-team football next season.