West Ham’s Reece Oxford reveals his highlights of this season, aims for next term

Reece Oxford is considered one of the brightest prospects in West Ham’s academy.

The young central defender is considered as a likely England international in the future, and he has told the official West Ham website what have been his highlights from this season, as well as his aims for next.

Oxford, 16, said: “My highlights over the last twelve months have been being on the bench for the first team, captaining England U17s at the age of 15 and getting to the Euro finals. Longer-term I want to make my debut for the first team at the Olympic Stadium, or maybe even the Boleyn Ground.”

Oxford was speaking after picking up the Dylan Tombides Award for the outstanding academy player at West Ham’s end of season awards, after a campaign which has seen him captain England Under-17’s and be named in matchday squads by Sam Allardyce.

Fellow academy youngster Reece Burke has started to make Premier League appearances under Allardyce, although he is slightly older than Oxford, and is more suited to the rigours of defending in the English top flight.

Regardless, Oxford is considered the better prospect than Burke, and he has be named in five league matchday squads, although he is unfortunate that the Hammers have been in such poor form recently, as he has been unable to take to the field.

If they were winning a game comprehensively, the youngster would surely be allowed to finally make his debut, and that would be a momentous occasion.

Oxford is currently away on international duty with England Under-17’s, whom he still captains despite being younger than many of his teammates.

He is planning on making his debut in the coming years, and his desire to turn out at the Boleyn Ground could see him finally make an appearance next season, before the club move to the Olympic Stadium.

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