Adrian explains what he told Oxford after stunning West Ham performance

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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian had a simple message for talented youngster Reece Oxford.

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian told the club’s official website what he told talented youngster Reece Oxford following his performance against Arsenal last weekend.

The highly rated youngster was superb against a very experienced Gunners line-up, as he left a lasting impression on fans, his teammates and his manager Slaven Bilic.

Arguably, the most impressive thing about his performance was the maturity he showed and the fact that he didn’t seem intimidated by the pressure of playing Premier League football.

“After the game I congratulated Reece and said 'Welcome to the Premier League'. This was a hard game for him to start and is different to the academy teams that he is used to playing in,” Adrian told

“But this was a great debut for him and will only help him as he plays more matches in the Premier League.”

Tougher tests to come

Despite the impressive nature of Oxford’s performance, it’s important to urge some caution with regards to his development.

Arsenal aren’t the sort of team that were going to get in his face and bully them, with other teams likely to be more aggressive in terms of knocking him off of the ball.

Bilic can counter for that by offering him a little bit of protection in the middle of the team in the form of bigger or more experienced players.

Fortunately Oxford has quite an imposing frame, but due to the impressive nature of his performance against Arsenal, he will now be a target.

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