Terry Westley praises Reece Oxford's under-21 performance for West Ham

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The West Ham United teenager is looking good at centre-back for the under-21s despite being only 16.

West Ham United’s Academy manager Terry Westley has been speaking to the club’s official website about 16-year-old sensation Reece Oxford.

The teenager burst onto the scene at the start of this season, excelling in his Premier League debut against Arsenal and helping the Hammers to a famous 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

That away victory was the first in an impressive list that now also includes Liverpool and Manchester City, but despite his star showing on the opening weekend, Oxford has only featured for 54 more minutes in the top flight and is now back playing with the under-21s.

That appearance was as a centre-back against Sunderland earlier this week, and Westley is clearly happy to have Oxford back for what was his first under-21 appearance of the campaign.

“It was good to see Reece Oxford play in the under-21s,” Westley told whufc.com. “He got 75 minutes, as captain, and he looked very good.”

That is no surprise when you consider the West Ham teenager’s talent and confidence and while it would be unfair to put too much pressure on his young shoulders, it will surely not be too long before he is turning out regularly for Slaven Bilic’s first-team.

The West Ham manager will know the importance of taking things slowly in that regard, but in the next year or two, Oxford may be a player Bilic comes to rely on week in, week out.

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