George Graham compares Reece Oxford to Patrick Vieira

Former Gunners boss George Graham has suggested West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford has similar characteristics to Premier League legend Patrick Vieira.

Former Arsenal manager George Graham told talkSPORT that West Ham youngster Reece Oxford reminds him of Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.

The teenager was at the heart of a very impressive and determined West Ham United side that triumphed in their first game of the new Premier League season away at Arsenal.

Graham has suggested that what made his performance all the more remarkable is the fact that he was playing out of position in midfield.

“He was very calm, very collected, he reminded me of a young Vieira. He was very comfortable on the ball at 16-years-old he was fantastic sitting in front of the back four soaking it all up because he is a centre-half,” he told talkSPORT.

He must stay grounded

Oxford must stay grounded and not get carried away with his or West Ham’s performance against Arsenal over the weekend.

He’s still developing physically and still learning about the game but what’s encouraging for West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is the fact that the player looked to play tidy football, keeping the ball safe and making logical decisions.

Bilic needs to ensure that he stays grounded in terms of everything that comes along with modern day football, which can be very distracting for younger players.

As he gets closer to 18, he should be able to justify a bigger contract, but the job of the gaffer is to ensure that he’s thinking of football and only football moving forward.

Higher profile and more expensive midfielders will turnout for West Ham this season, but the Hammers appear to have unearthed a gem.

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