Karren Brady says Reece Oxford’s mother made sure he remained at West Ham

Reece Oxford recently made his Premier League debut for West Ham United earlier this month.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has revealed in her football diary in The Sun that it was Reece Oxford’s mother who convinced him to remain at the club.

Oxford has been making the headlines for the past few days following his astonishing Premier League debut for the Hammers.

The 16-year-old started the London club’s opening Premier League game of the season against Arsenal away from home earlier this month.

The teenager was one of the best players at the Emirates Stadium, as Slaven Bilic’s side won the encounter 2-0.

Oxford gave a calm and composed performance in midfield, had a 94% pass accuracy, and made two interceptions, two clearances and three blocks.

West Ham vice-chairman Brady has been singing the praises of the youngster in her football diary in The Sun.

The 46-year-old has also revealed that it was Oxford’s mother who made sure that the talented teenager remained with the Hammers when other clubs came calling.

“Behind every successful son is a good mum and in the case of Reece Oxford, who today became West Ham’s youngest debut-maker, it’s Youmna,” Brady wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Sunday, August 9 entry).

“It was her common sense that helped Reece decide to remain with us when other clubs came calling, flourishing cash and empty promises.

“She understood that it would be better for his football future if Reece remained at West Ham, where he is happy and would be given every chance of early first-team football.”

Oxford retained his place in the Hammers’ starting line-up for Saturday afternoon’s Premier League clash against Leicester City at the Boleyn Ground, but he failed to repeat his heroics of his previous game.

Bilic’s side went down 2-1 to the Foxes, and the youngster struggled to make a major impact before being substituted at half time.

However, that should not decimate the undeniable talent Oxford has, one which will rise to the fore as the season progresses.

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