Parlour interested to see how Bilic handles Oxford at West Ham

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Former Gunner Ray Parlour explained that he's interested to see the approach West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic takes with talented youngster Reece Oxford.

Former Arsenal favourite Ray Parlour told talkSPORT that he’s interested to see how West Ham manager Slaven Bilic handles talented youngster Reece Oxford.

Oxford looks as though he’s going to be a permanent fixture of the first team under Bilic but Parlour has urged a message of caution.

The ex-Gunner has suggested that the teenager won’t be able to play in the side throughout the season and will require a rest or a drop down in terms of quality at some point.

“It will be interesting to see how Bilic deal with the young kid Reece Oxford – He plays with authority and keeps it simple – He’s not going to play all season,” he told talkSPORT.

The strain of the Premier League

Parlour’s comments make sense because the strain and intensity of Premier League football is huge.

That can be very tiring for a younger player to deal with because they don’t have the experience needed to deal with performing at such a high level over an extended period of time.

How should Bilic handle Oxford?

For now, there’s not much point in taking him out of the first team so he should be allowed to settle and focus on producing his best form.

At some point in the next few weeks or couple of months, Bilic knows he’s got enough experience and cover in his squad if he feels that the youngster does need a spell out of the team to rest.

However, Oxford is a big and imposing sort of player, performing brilliantly for someone of his age and most importantly, he seems to be enjoying himself in the first team.

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