A Premier League Team Started A 16-Year-Old Today And It Went Brilliantly
Rick Chandler 11:45 am, August 09th, 2015
What were you doing in 2011? Reece Oxford was 12 years old ... and today he started for West Ham United in a Premier League game. Oxford is only 16 years old, and in fact became the seventh-youngest player to start a game in Premier League history (16 years, 237 days).
While Oxford was impressing for West Ham, its opponent was struggling. Petr Cech is a goalkeeper of some renown in English soccer -- having won four Premier League titles in an 11-year career with Chelsea before moving over to Arsenal this season in an £11 million deal. But his debut did not go so well -- he allowed two goals in what most are saying were bad mistakes in the loss. Daily Mail:
The Czech international was arguably at fault for both goals, having followed up his rash judgement in coming off his line for Cheikhou Kouyate's opener, before being beaten at his near post by Mauro Zarate on the second.
Inevitably, those without Arsenal allegiances were quick to point out that Cech had conceded as many goals in 90 minutes as in his seven league appearances for Chelsea last term, in a series of virals doing the rounds on Twitter.