Oxford was thrown into the spotlight at the start of the season when he featured in the win away at Arsenal.
“I like the fact he’s passionate and that they got off to a great start with a fantastic result at the Emirates – The young kid Reece Oxford, the pressure has just been taken off of him a little bit because you can’t rely on him every week,” he told talkSPORT.
A difficult challenge ahead
It’s going to be interesting to see how Oxford plays and reacts over the next few weeks, as he looks to rediscover the sort of impressive performance he produced against Arsenal.
Manager Slaven Bilic needs to be careful because Oxford represents a younger player who will be more vulnerable mentally.
He has to try and protect him as much as possible, but also ensure that his head doesn’t drop as he’s not been able to back up that positive start against the Gunners.
Oxford is a talent and the expectation surrounding him has to be lowered so he’s not suffocated by pressure as the club looks to build and progress over the course of the season.