Ogbonna says it's a pleasure to play alongside Reece Oxford

Upton Park

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has piled the praise onto youngster Reece Oxford.

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has told the London Evening Standard that it’s a pleasure to play alongside youngster Reece Oxford.

The teenager has made a high profile and dramatic start to his life at the Hammers, with a superb performance against Arsenal and a more difficult display at the hands of Leicester City, who won at Upton Park over the weekend.

Ogbonna has explained that there is a collective will within the current side from the more experienced players to look after and help one of the side’s most promising youth prospects.

“For me it’s a pleasure to play with someone as young as him. He’s a very quiet boy and I’m very proud of him because he wants to learn everything,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“He wants to learn all the tactics and methods. It’s not just me giving him my experience but also our experience together. He helps me and I help him.”

Caution to the wind

Oxford plays with the maturity and authority of a much older player so it’s important that Slaven Bilic throws a little bit of caution to the wind.

He’s still vulnerable in the respect of his mentality and he could be affected if one or two inconsistent performances leads to a little bit of criticism, with fans or sections of the media starting to get on his back.

There is enough experience and quality in the side for Bilic to be able to make changes if he feels he needs to but we’re still at the very start of the season and it’s too harsh and early to cast judgements on Oxford’s game after two matches.

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