Toni Martinez joined West Ham with a lot of promise last summer.

After lighting up the Valencia academy, Martinez entered the Hammers setup and immediately made an impact, scoring 12 goals in 12 games for the U23 side.

His development was noticeable and the decision was made to send him out on loan to a Football League side in Oxford United to play some first-team football and for the most part, his loan has been a success, netting three goals in 17 games.

A knee injury has derailed his end to the season with the League One side, but Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has hinted that he would be open to bringing the 19-year-old back to the club on loan next season.

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“Toni’s struggling with his knee and we’re in dialogue with West Ham. He will probably end up staying at West Ham between now and the end of the season.

“Whether it’s us or someone else, I think wherever he goes next year will reap benefits of the spell he’s had with us. You never know, it could be us again. It’s something that we will have conversations about over the summer.”

The Spaniard will likely be sent out on loan again with the co-chairman outlining their intentions to spend big on a striker in the summer and hopefully, he can continue his remarkable development.

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