Reece Oxford is not Kylian Mbappe, says Slaven Bilic

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  • Reece Oxford nominated for European Golden Boy award
  • West Ham defender is currently on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Manager Slaven Bilic urges Oxford, 18, to keep his feet on the ground 

Kieran Gill for MailOnline

Slaven Bilic has told West Ham youngster Reece Oxford not to think he is Kylian Mbappe after being nominated for the Golden Boy award but to use it to improve.

Oxford, 18, is on a season-long loan at Borussia Monchengladbach but has yet to appear for the Bundesliga side, and there has been talk of cutting short his spell in Germany.

Paris Saint-Germain starlet Mbappe and Manchester United‘s Marcus Rashford are also among those who were shortlisted for the Golden Boy award.

Reece Oxford plays a pass during a friendly for Borussia Monchengladbach back in July

Bilic hopes Oxford does not start to get ideas above his station and said: ‘Someone recognised him to be nominated for the Golden Boy award. 

‘If he goes one way and thinks he is Mbappe then that’s wrong. He needs to use this in the right way. 

Slaven Bilic gives Oxford a hug after West Ham beat Tottenham in March 2016

Slaven Bilic gives Oxford a hug after West Ham beat Tottenham in March 2016

Slaven Bilic gives Oxford a hug after West Ham beat Tottenham in March 2016

‘He has got it in him, get his place and start playing regularly. Hopefully he will get that in Germany and it’ll be great to play in the Bundesliga.’ 

Oxford was sent to Germany in the hope that he could get game time but that has yet to show itself with Monchengladbach. West Ham will likely review the situation in December.

EUROPEAN GOLDEN BOY NOMINEES

Aaron Martin (Espanyol)

Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig)

Rodrigo Bergwijn (Juventus)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina)

Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)

Amadou Diawara (Napoli)

Kasper Dolberg (Ajax)

Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Benjamin Henrichs (Bayer Leverkusen)

Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid)

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Emre Mor (Celta Vigo)

Reece Oxford (B. Monchengladbach)

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice)

Dominic Solanke (Liverpool)

Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid)

Youri Tielemans (Monaco)

Enes Unal (Villarreal)

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham)

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