West Ham want to make Reece Oxford a role model for other youngsters

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West Ham United's academy chief has suggested teenager Reece Oxford will be the role model for other youngsters at the club.

West Ham’s academy chief Terry Westley has told the club’s website that he’s looking to make teenage defender Reece Oxford the role model for all other younger players at the club.

The Daily Mail reported last month that the 16-year-old was being considered for a cameo in the first team and Westley has suggested that he’s made remarkable progress for someone of his age.

“We talk about all the attributes you need to become a player and he looks like he has a chance to really develop. We want him to be a role model and for the young Academy players to look up to him,” said Westley.

“For one who is so young, he has captained the Development Squad, played regularly at that level, trained regularly with the first team and led his country.”

First team manager Sam Allardyce showed with the inclusion of Reece Burke in the first team picture at West Ham, that he’s not afraid to give younger players game time.

However, he’s been right to proceed with caution in relation to Oxford because he has to be very careful over when to introduce him into the side.

He’s a defender and always under pressure and if he made a mistake in the Hammers first team, it could badly damage his confidence.

He’s also someone who isn’t as physically developed as more experienced players in his position and that makes him a target for the opposition as a result.

There’s no doubting his talent and he could be nursed into the first team picture in a lower profile and less pressure situation next year.

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