Reece Oxford talent evident, says West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet

The midfielder also believes the youngster will not be distracted by the increased media attention on him.

Writing on Kicca, West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet says Reece Oxford’s talent is evident for everyone to see.

The 16-year-old midfielder was handed a surprise debut by manager Slaven Bilic in the victory over Arsenal in the Hammers opening game, putting in a fine display that made a mockery of his young years.

He didn’t enjoy the best of games in the 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Saturday though as he was brought off at half time after a difficult 45 minutes against Claudio Ranieri’s in form side.

Poyet though, says his talent is obvious to see and he’s doing well, while everyone at the club is happy with his progress.

“You can see the talent Reece Oxford has,” he wrote on Kicca.

“He is a very young player and there has been a lot of talk around him following his great display last week at The Emirates. He was very happy with how he did at Arsenal on his Premier League debut and so he should be. He’s doing well, he’s young and we are all happy too.”

No getting carried away with media attention

Given how well he played on his Premier League debut in such a difficult game against the Gunners, the youngster has naturally garnered a lot of media attention as a result.

His debut made him both West Ham’s youngest appearance holder and the second youngest in the history of the league; with many now predicting he will have a bright future in both domestic and international football.

It would be easy for him to get distracted by the attention, but Poyet says that won’t be an issue, as the advice from the team will help him.

“From what I’ve seen he is a clever boy and wouldn’t change despite all the media attention he has been getting lately,” he added.

“He will be keeping his head on the ground and I’m sure the team around him will help him. The support and guidance he gets from the team will give him confidence.”

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