West Ham United star Pedro Obiang on Reece Oxford's maturity

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The Hammers midfielder is amazed at the maturity of the 16-year-old.

West Ham United have had an excellent start to the Premier League season. It all began with a fantastic performance in the opening game of the season against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. They won the game 2-0 in what was a poor debut from Petr Cech.

Meanwhile, Reece Oxford excelled in the West Ham midfield. The 16-year-old Londoner became the second youngest Premier League starter in history in the game and played a blinder, shackling the Arsenal creative midfield in a performance that belied his tender years.

So far Oxford has played six times this season, but has not featured since the 3-0 win against Liverpool in August and is now back playing with the under-21s.

But he has certainly had an impact on the current West Ham squad.

One player who has been thoroughly impressed by his performances has been Pedro Obiang. The summer signing from Sampdoria told Marca this week:

"Oxford I stick with his youth. He really is a central defender, but he has performed very well as a defensive midfielder.

"It has shown an impressive maturity."

Ironically it was the return to fitness of Obiang that saw to Oxford dropping down the pecking order.

But at just 16 there is no doubt that Oxford is one for the future at West Ham.

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