Glenn Hoddle praises Reece Oxford's display in West Ham win but urges caution

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The 16-year-old was handed his debut by Slaven Bilic in the 2-0 win over Arsenal, and Hoddle was one of many left impressed.

Writing on Kicca, Glenn Hoddle has praised West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford for his display in the 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

The 16-year-old was a surprise inclusion in manager Slaven Bilic’s starting eleven, making him the club’s youngest ever Premier League starter and the second youngest in the history of the division.

Rather than being overawed by the occasion, though, Oxford put in an assured performance that made a mockery of his tender years, with many predicting he could go on to great things after such an impressive bow

Hoddle was one of those impressed, saying he did everything asked of him.

“I really enjoyed watching Reece Oxford play on Sunday,” he wrote on Kicca.

“He went to Arsenal and wasn’t fazed at all. It looks like he has a really good temperament, he kept the ball simple, passed it simple and kept the ball for his team. He did the job the manager wanted and showed a lot of maturity.”

We mustn't get carried away 

Despite Hoddle being highly impressed with Oxford’s performance, he has urged caution, suggesting that people should not get carried away too soon.

At just 16, Oxford naturally has a lot of learning to do, with his only regular football to date coming at youth level, although he has arguably shown remarkable progression at those age groups.

Further time spent around the first team, and game time, is only likely to hasten that development further. Hoddle, though, says he must become consistent and learn the game over the next couple of years, as it is still very early days in his career.

“It’s one game, albeit against a good Arsenal team, and we mustn’t get carried away,” he added.

“It would be lovely to see him progress and play more and more. But who knows, it’s very early. We’ve seen this with youngsters before, Oxford’s got to become consistent and learn the game over the next couple of years.”

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