By Harvey Byrne
Reece Oxford starred for West Ham in Thursday’s win over NK Domzale – and fans were delighted with what they saw from the young defender.
The Hammers starlet has been linked with a move away from the Olympic Stadium this summer after The Sun reported that Manchester City were interested in the player and rivals Tottenham have also been monitoring him, sending scouts to watch the defender play for England Under-19s in the European Championships.
However, fans of the east London club have suggested that they would be distraught if the player was to leave the club.
The 17-year-old played for 90 minutes and put in a great display to keep the Slovenian side from scoring as Slaven Bilic’s side won 3-0 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
The youngster made his debut against Arsenal on the opening day last season and impressed a host of fans and pundits with his performance.
Bilic will be keen to keep the club’s big prospect and fans of the Hammers have said that he’s the best young English defender and one said that he was better than Everton’s John Stones.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I'll say it Reece Oxford is the best young English defender in the world right now , better than stones
— Billy B⚒ (@Billy_WHU) August 4, 2016
Defence has been solid tonight. Really impressed with Oxford
— Liam (@LWhatman) August 4, 2016
Reece Oxford will captain England,,end off
— alan merrill (@cockneyclown) August 4, 2016
I know West Ham are playing against farmers but Feghouli in particular and Nordveit look quality players on a free. Oxford class too
— Jack Whitling. (@Jack_Whitling) August 4, 2016
On a brighter note Reece Oxford looks like a future West Ham captain. Pure Class #WHUDOM
— Steven Blewitt (@blewitt_17) August 4, 2016
Oxford had been immense tonight
— West Ham United FC (@westham_tweets) August 4, 2016
Reece Oxford is already first team material imo. #WHUFC.
— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) August 4, 2016
The Hammers have already progressed further into Europe than they did last season after they were knocked out at the competition’s third qualifying stage last season by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.
In other West Ham team news, Bilic has sent his condolences to Maribor following the death of two of their young players.