Trevor Brooking suggests how Reece Oxford can be most effective for West Ham this season

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Trevor Brooking suggests Reece Oxford can be West Ham's secret weapon on the road this season.

Former West Ham favourite Trevor Brooking has suggested how Slaven Bilic can get the best out of 16-year-old Reece Oxford this season.

The teenage prodigy burst onto the Hammers first-team scene with a standout performance against Arsenal on the opening weekend of the season, during which he stifled the threat of World Cup winner Mesut Ozil. 

However, following the Hammers defeat at Upton Park last weekend - during which the 16-year-old was removed from the action at half-time - club legend Brooking believes we may see the best of Oxford this year away from home

He told the Daily Mail, "I don't think there is anybody at 16 who will be ever-present this season, so it's about trying to choose the moments when to play him.

"Sometimes as the anchor man in a midfield diamond, it's easier to play away from home than at home.

"At home, when sides come to sit a bit more, suddenly Reece might have the ball quite a bit where he's being looked to create or knock it into tighter areas.

"At Arsenal he did what Slaven wanted him to do by pressurising the ball."

"But it's looking at who the opponents are and deciding what are the right games to play him in. We've got a "nice" opening trio of away games with Liverpool next before going to Manchester City. Reece will probably be ideal for those games."

Oxford has displayed a level of maturity beyond his years throughout his first West Ham appearances, but he particularly shone at the Emirates.

His ability to read the game and break down opposition attacks, alongside his endless energy, suggests he could be the perfect weapon for the Hammers on the road this season - just as Brooking suggests.

Slaven Bilic's side face Bournemouth at home next in the Premier League; a tie that Oxford could miss out on following his early withdrawal against Leicester. However, he could find himself reinstated to the first-team for the Irons trip to Anfield the weekend after.

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