Noble said: “He had a terrific game last weekend and then all the press hype. I think in the last few weeks he’s gone from a boy to a man, that’s what I said to him in the dressing room, he’s got a great temperament and I’m sure he’ll cope with it.”
Oxford was central to the Hammers securing that victory over Arsenal, calming down play in the middle of the park against a side renowned for their attacking strength.
He kept his place in the side for the weekend’s game with Leicester, and was strong, if not as good as his previous performance. The 16-year-old was taken of at half-time by head coach Slaven Bilic, after the East London side had conceded two goals to the Foxes.
Noble believes he has developed from a boy to a man since making his Premier League bow against the Gunners, and it is hard to disagree with the statement.
He looks to have all the talent and maturity to excel in the top flight, and despite his young age, appears to be prepared well beyond his years.
It would be no surprise to see Oxford retain his place in the first-team set-up due to his strong performances, and it is hard to deny that he deserves to continue his role as a starting player for the Hammers.