Oxford has been a prominent player in Slaven Bilic’s pre-season schedule and it will be interesting to see whether he features over the opening weeks of the new Premier League season.
If he does earn some starts, he will be a target for the opposition because of his size and lack of experience and the fans will need to stay right behind him during any difficult periods.
“I am trying to learn from every game but it is great for me to get the experience,” he told whufc.com.
“It really helps me when I am playing at the Boleyn Ground because the fans are always on your side and with experienced players like Noble and Kouyate around me, they can only help me how to play.”
A special talent
There’s no doubt that Oxford is a special talent because he’s been heavily involved in the Hammers first team, despite still being just 16-years-old.
He will have a spring in his step because of the way his career has started and if the fans support him, it should give him the inspiration to push and fight hard for the cause at Upton Park.
He’s also arguably more vulnerable from a mental point of view, which makes it all the more important for the clubs fans to support him and provide him with a platform where he can feel comfortable.
However, he can’t fall into the mistake of thinking just because he’s young and developing rapidly in the famous West Ham youth ranks, that the fans will be more lenient with him.
If he’s playing poorly and making mistakes in the first team, the supporters will let him know.