West Ham balls: Spurs and Arsenal reject Reece Oxford is the greatest teenager of all time
One Premier League game under his waistband and West Ham United’s 16-year-old Londoner Reece Oxford is being built up as the great English hope.
Take this from the Mirror’s John Cross:
…that is the remarkable story about English football’s latest sensation whose teenage kicks are destined to take him to the top.
Oxford has played one Premier League match. He did pretty well as West Ham beat Arsenal.
…Oxford is already one of football’s hottest properties after turning down interest from Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
He was rejected by Tottenham. Arsenal watched him and made him no offer. Liverpool made an approach but by then Oxford was on the fringes of the West Ham first team. Chelsea buy anyone and everyone. And we cannot find a single report that Manchester United made him any offer.
Back to Cross and his circumspection:
The London boy has conquered Arsenal…
…even the likes of Sir Geoff Hurst and Sir Trevor Brooking never broke schoolboy records like Oxford
…even stopping Lionel Messi would hold no fears for Oxford.
…will have been sure to have caught the eye of Roy Hodgson.
…Oxford also enjoys comparisons to another West Ham graduate Rio Ferdinand
No hype, then.
Does Cross speak with the Daily Mirror’s Dave Kidd, who wrote:
Let’s not christen Reece Oxford as the English Beckenbauer just yet. Let’s just enjoy the feelgood story of a 16-year-old Arsenal fan, who once urged the club to sign Mesut Ozil on Twitter, making his Premier League debut against the Gunners and barely giving Ozil a kick. Let’s allow him to experience the ups and downs, the ins and outs from West Ham’s starting line-up, without expectations going haywire.
Oxford for England!