O'Brien: It won't be easy for teenager Oxford
Joey O'Brien knows fellow defender Reece Oxford will have to put up with comparisons to former West Ham academy products having become the youngest player to ever represent the Hammers.
The 16-year-old broke a 93-year record when he lined up against FC Lusitans in the Europa League first qualifying round fixture against FC Lusitans on Thursday. Oxford operated in midfield as West Ham recorded a 3-0 victory over their Andorran opponents.
O'Brien was one of five first-team regulars to start the game and the Republic of Ireland international says being compared with Rio Ferdinand is the kind of pressures Oxford will have to be dealt with.
"It's something he will have to deal with and that isn't easy for a 16-year-old kid," O'Brien said.