Trevor Brooking predicts West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford's future position

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At just 16, Reece Oxford has already made his Premier League debut for West Ham.

Former West Ham legend Trevor Brooking suggests in the Daily Mail that Reece Oxford will eventually play as a centre-back, despite starting his early Hammers career as a defensive midfielder.

The 16-year-old enjoyed a debut to remember on the opening day as he kept Arsenal's Mesut Ozil quiet in West Ham’s memorable 2-0 win at the Emirates. However, he was then withdrawn at half time in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Leicester with suggestions of a tight hamstring.

Following a lighting start to his career at Upton Park, Brooking was quick to praise the youngster, while suggesting he will eventually be best suited to a more defensive role - perhaps at the heart of the Hammers back-four.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "For someone who's not even 17, he's done very well."

"I joined West Ham at 16 and it was a couple of years before I made my debut."

"But I think long-term Reece will be a central defender. He's very tall and he's quick, but actually he will fill out a lot more."

The 16-year-old has shown early indications of his ability to read the game, averaging three defensive actions per match, although he has only seen success in three of his nine attempted tackles.

His experience playing in a midfield role would undoubtedly make him a capable ball-playing centre back. Already he is showing signs of his comfortability in possession, having averaged an 86% pass completion-rate throughout his early involvement. 

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