Reece Oxford says Mark Noble is always on his case in West Ham training

Reece Oxford started in West Ham United's first match of the season.

Reece Oxford has told West Ham United’s official site that Mark Noble is always on his case in training.

Oxford announced his potential in the very first game of the season, when he started against Arsenal and impressed during his side’s 2-0 win.

The 17-year-old appears to be one of the brightest talents in the Hammers’ squad, but Noble is keen to ensure that his younger teammate does not rest on his laurels.

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

Oxford has been carefully managed by Slaven Bilic so far this season, and he has been used sparingly since making his senior debut.

The England youth international has made just six appearances to date this campaign and his progress has been rewarded with a senior contract.

Oxford has recently penned a deal which will keep him at Upton Park and the youngster is determined to kick on now.

“I just want to get better and progress as a player,” he added. “I want to start in the Premier League and sign longer for the club.”

If Oxford does fulfill his obvious potential, he could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick, who have come through West Ham’s youth team and gone on to represent their country at senior level.

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