Marcus Browne once again sent a message to Manuel Pellegrini with a match-winning performance for Oxford United.
Browne scored twice for the U’s and had a hand in two other goals as Oxford beat Rochdale 4-2 in League One.
This is not the first time that the 20-year-old has demonstrated his incredible talent and it left his manager “drooling” over his display.
Browne is surely catching Pellegrini’s eye with his displays for Oxford this season.
What his team-mates said
Browne’s form at Oxford has been exceptional, helping his side climb away from the relegation zone in League One.
And his team-mate Cameron Brannagan – formerly of Liverpool – hailed Browne’s display last night.
Brannagan told The Oxford Mail: “I’m just going to keep giving the ball to Browney, because he is a different class, everyone can see that.
“His pace, his power – their defenders didn’t know what to do. They were lost, you could see that, and on another day he could have had four.
“He did well and got man of the match, which was richly deserved.
What his manager said
Oxford manager Karl Robinson was also delighted with Browne’s performance but believes he can be even better.
Robinson told The Oxford Mail: “Marcus learnt that when you’ve got someone on their haunches, you put them to bed.
“He got a bit sloppy and should have had three or four goals. If he wants to get to the next level and fulfil his potential that can’t be acceptable for Marcus Browne.
“Even though we’re all drooling over his performance, there’s more to come and that’s how good he is.”
Is Browne the next West Ham starlet?
With Browne in fine form and West Ham needing some attacking midfielders, Pellegrini is surely considering bringing him back in January.
Browne will be eager to add to his one senior game for the Irons, which came in the Europa League.
But he might choose to keep the Hammers starlet at Oxford, where he now has seven goals in 20 games.
Browne’s game is developing nicely under Robinson and he could return to West Ham next season ready for a first-team breakthrough.