West Ham's Alex Song raves about teenage prospect Reece Oxford

Alex Song is impressed with Reece Oxford, and wants to help him.

West Ham midfielder Alex Song has told the Sunday Times he wants to help Reece Oxford progress as a footballer.

Song is one of the midfielders blocking Oxford's path to becoming a first team regular, but he draws on his own experience at Arsenal, and believes learning from senior players will aid his development.

The Cameroon international also compares Oxford to himself at a similar age, believing there is a key area the England youth international has an edge.

He said: "I started playing professionally when I was 16 but . . . pfff . . . I was not calm like Reece. He and Chiekhou (Kouyate) have great potential and if they keep doing what they have been doing, training like I see they do, everything will be very good for them.

"At Arsenal I Iearnt a lot from Gilberto Silva: he just wanted me to improve. I’ve been to a good school and I’m 28, helping others is now part of my job. That’s why if I see something I will talk to Reece and Cheikhou."

Song imparting his knowledge could be useful for Oxford. In addition to his experience at Arsenal, he played for Barcelona alongside greats like Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and simply being able to detail small pieces of advice about their preparation for games.

Oxford had a sensational start to the season, impressing against Arsenal on the Premier League's opening day, but has since then been phased out of the first team picture by Slaven Bilic, who has preferred more experienced options.

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