West Ham’s Reece Oxford did everything right in Arsenal win, says Hartson

West Ham Upton Park

The former forward and BBC pundit has praised the 16-year-old for his impressive Premier League debut.

Writing on Kicca, John Hartson says that West Ham youngster Reece Oxford did everything right in the win over Arsenal.

The 16-year-old was handed his Premier League debut by manager Slaven Bilic in Sunday’s game at the Emirates, becoming the club’s youngest ever Premier League player in the process.

He was not overawed by the occasion though as he put in a highly professional and accomplished performance against the Gunners star studded midfield, and Hartson says he did everything right, looking like he’d played 300 games not just one.

“Young Reece Oxford seems a tremendous player,” he told Kicca.

“If he carries on playing like yesterday he has a massive future ahead of him. He looked as if he'd played 300 games in the Premier League not just one. He did everything right.”

Whether Oxford makes more appearances this season will depend heavily on how the rest of the transfer window goes.

While it was certainly an impressive debut from the 16-year-old, one star performance does not immediately turn him into someone who should be regularly starting in the West Ham midfield.

Indeed, while increased playing time would push forward his development rapidly, the increased attention from both the fanbase and the media could have the opposite effect. In that regard, perhaps Bilic will limit his game time so as to decrease expectation levels around him and look to bolster his midfield in the meantime. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch