Are West Ham right to keep Reece Oxford out of the first-team?

The 16-year-old has not played since August.

This week saw West Ham United confirm that they deliberately leaving Reece Oxford out of the first-team as they worked on preparing him for the needs of the Premier League.

The 16-year-old stunned fans with his impressive ability in the opening game of the season against Arsenal where he put in a fantastic performance as West Ham won 2-0 at The Emirates.

However he has not been in action since coming on as a substitute in the 29th August tie with Liverpool as they are clearly preparing him for the tough times that are coming ahead.

So are they right to do so?

The old adage is that if a player is good enough he is old enough, but that is not the whole picture. They also need to be fit enough.

Jack Wilshere and Jack Rodwell immediately spring to mind as two top young English talents who were asked to play a lot of football early in their careers and have gone on to develop serious injury problems later on.

West Ham are doing the right thing by their superb talent.

Oxford is precociously talented but the Premier League is physically demanding and the fact they are getting him in the right state before throwing him regularly is a credit to the club.

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