Reid said: “Reece Oxford got his first start against Arsenal on the opening day of the season. I don’t think you need to mentor these young players. I will talk to them when I think I can help. Reece Oxford is only 17; I can’t remember when I was that age. He has great physical attributes, now he needs to work hard, stay humble and be patient.”
Oxford started the season in Slaven Bilic’s first-team, playing in the Europa League qualifying stages and then featuring on the opening day of the Premier League season.
He excelled in a defensive midfield role, losing possession just once in a 78 minutes spell, and then starting the following game - playing one half of a 2-1 defeat to Leicester.
He has played just twice since then in the league, with Bilic keen to ensure he does not burn out, spending the majority of the season at Under-21 level.
The Daily Mail claim he is set to join Charlton Athletic on loan for the rest of the season to ensure he continues to play competitive football to develop.
Reid sounds impressed by Oxford, but he has urged the youngster to stay grounded and continue working hard to develop into the top class player he can become.