Picture: Slaven Bilic and the proud moment these West Ham youngsters Reece Oxford and Lewis Page will never forget

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This is the proud moment West Ham United youngsters Reece Oxford and Lewis Page will never forget as new boss Slaven Bilic hands them their debut shirts.

The Hammers Academy stars were presented with their match shirts by new boss Bilic and co-owner David Gold ahead of their impressive debuts in the 3-0 Europa League win over FC Lusitans.

Bilic elected to watch the game from the stands as a show of respect to academy manager Terry Westley who had already started preparations for the match ahead of Bilic's official arrival at the club.

But he did visit the dressing room before and after the match and in a poignant moment handed 16-year-old Oxford the shirt which would make him the youngest ever player in West Ham's 120-year history.

It was a proud moment for Bilic, who told the club's official website: "I wanted to go to the dressing room to wish them luck.

"I didn’t want to interrupt their pre-match routine too much but I wanted to wish them luck and hope that they did well.

“They both did a good job and it will stay in their memories for ever.”

An unforgettable moment to cherish

But it will be something the young duo will never forget and should cherish for the rest of their careers.

At just 16, it is easy to see why Oxford had some of the top clubs in Europe chasing him before signing a long term deal with the Hammers.

He was unlucky not to mark his debut with a goal and was even barking out orders to his teammates. Remember the name because the Hammers have a real future England star on their hands here.

Page also shone in his first senior game for the club he supported as a young boy.

The homegrown starlet looked sharp and focused on his first team debut and showed some neat touches out on the left.

He also wasn't afraid to get on the ball and get at his opposite number, a quality West Ham fans like to see in their full-backs.

Both players could not be under better coaches

With Bilic a former West Ham favourite and centre half and one of his new coaches, Julian Dicks, a legendary left back for the Hammers, both Oxford and Page could not be better placed to learn their trade.

Like Page, Dicks liked to get bomb forward and attack the opposition from the left back position.

Oxford is a cultured centre back much like Bilic was and has been likened to another West Ham academy graduate Rio Ferdinand, who flourished under the tutelage of the Croatian international when they were teammates back in 1997.

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