Reece Oxford was just 16 years and 237 days old on his debut at Emirates vs Arsenal back in 2016, he became West Ham’s youngest Premier League player and the second-youngest starter in the competition’s history..!!!
With Oxford in the midfield, Hammers secured a sensational 2-0 victory at Emirates Stadium. At the final whistle, Reece was named Man of the Match…!!!!
Reece: “I remember the day before the game when the manager set up the team and I was going out for training and I saw the team and I thought ‘I can’t be playing!’,” he smiled.
“Then Mark Noble came up to me and asked me if I’d ever played in the Emirates and I realised I was playing. I went back to the hotel that night and watched loads of clips of the whole Arsenal team and then, when I got in the tunnel, I just blocked it all out and played it like any other game of football.
“Slaven had a lot of belief in me from when he first saw me, so I give big respect to him and thank him for what he did for my career.
“The education I’ve received at West Ham has set me up and I’ve been around players like Nobes since I was 15, so I’ve learnt a lot and I’ll never forget it.”
*West Ham confirmed that Reece Oxford has joined German Bundesliga side Augsburg on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.