Reece Oxford aiming to emulate club legend Rio Ferdinand at West Ham

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The youngster impressed when making his debut against Arsenal on the opening day.

Reece Oxford is looking to emulate club legend Rio Ferdinand at West Ham, he has told the club’s official website.

The youngster shot to prominence earlier in the season when he was handed his Premier League debut against Arsenal on the opening day of the campaign.

He put on a display that belied his age, playing a pivotal role in the defensive midfield position as Slaven Bilic’s side came away with a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

He has now turned 17 and signed his first professional contract with the club and says he is now looking to emulate legends such as Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole.

“I am over the moon to have signed a professional contract. I have been waiting for over a year now to become a pro and I am really happy,” he told whufc.com.

“I hope I can be on one of those pictures one day and become a legend as well like Rio Ferdinand or Joe Cole. I would love to follow in their footsteps.

“Mark Noble is on my case in training, but for good reasons as he wants me to become a better player. He doesn't want me to become sloppy or take my foot off the pedal. He wants me to keep progressing.”

The youngster is now targeting more first-team football for the Hammers after having a taste of it this season.

He faces a fight to get into the side though, with Alex Song still to return to full fitness, while Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang have all impressed in midfield so far.

He does however have plenty of time on his hands, and says he is looking to kick on and progress first.

“I hope I showed my potential and hopefully I can kick on this season and get some more games for the first-team,” he added.

“Sometimes players can fall off a bit when they sign a big deal, but I just want to get better and progress as a player. I want to start in the Premier League and sign longer for the club.”

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