All eyes were on 16-year-old defender Reece Oxford, hailed as the next Rio Ferdinand, as he took to the field to become West Ham's youngest-ever player.
But following their 3-0 win over FC Lusitans, academy manager Terry Westley poured cold water on the hot prospect, insisting defender Oxford’s performance was “average”.
The England U-17 captain was booked in the first half of the 3-0 win over Andorran minnows FC Lusitans in the Europa League.
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Westley said: “We can be tougher with him now. He got clipped a lot in the first half because he wasn’t moving the ball quickly enough and got caught.
“We played Oxford in midfield on purpose just to quicken his feet. He did OK, but no better than that.”
A first half brace from Diafra Sakho and a headed goal from captain James Tomkins ensured the second leg on Thursday, July 9 should be a formality.