A star has been born - Niall Quinn on West Ham’s Reece Oxford

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The Hammers wonderkid enjoyed a dream Premier League debut against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Former Arsenal striker Niall Quinn has lauded the performance of West Ham United starlet Reece Oxford against his ex-club on Sunday, according to Sky Sports.

The 16-year old - who became West Ham’s youngest-ever Premier League player and the second-youngest in Premier League history at 16 years and 237 days - looked assured at the heart of midfield against the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.

And Quinn was among many to sing the praises of the academy graduate:

"They were excellent and the young lad, young Reece Oxford in the middle of the field – well that’s dream stuff, to say a star is born it’s absolutely true.”

"The kid’s not only broken some phenomenal records and played the game, he was outstanding," he said in quotes published by Sky Sports.

"I kept a real close eye on him, sometimes off the ball he’d turn around and give out instructions, pointing fingers, letting things develop.

"He had a maturity today which was so hard to understand because you think he’s going to be lost out there and that all the others players are going to have to rally round him and it was the exact opposite."

Quinn also predicted that Oxford would not be a flash in the pan but is instead here for the long haul:

"He’s got a great build, his physique is good and his mobility is very good, he handled the ball really well, he knew when to drop back and make a fifth defender.

"They (his family and mentors) can be very proud of him and we’ll be hearing about him for a long time to come."

The maturity in Oxford’s performance has proven he can step up and be an asset for Slaven Bilic this season and Hammers fans will be chomping at the bit to see what else is to come from the England Under-17 international.

Care must be taken to ease the young talent into his new role but there is little doubt that West Ham have unearthed a gem sure to have a few of their wealthier rivals green with envy.

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