Oxford United manager Karl Robinson believes West Ham United youngster Marcus Browne is the “best player in this league”.
As reported by The Oxford Mail, Robinson described Browne as the best in the division following his impressive display against Sunderland.
Browne demonstrated his pace, power and dribbling ability in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Saturday, earning rave reviews from his boss.
The 20-year-old was frequently fouled by some frustrated Sunderland players with Black Cats midfielder Max Power shown a straight red card for a reckless lunge at Browne to halt a menacing forward surge.
Following this impressive display, Robinson said: “Marcus Browne just showed everybody why he’s the best player in this league. This is the best team in the league and that shows you what they think of our No 10.”
The Hammers youngster, however, is eager to improve even further, despite receiving high praise from his manager.
He said: “I’m adamant that they will be able to make me a better player and a better person, give me experience, which is what I need. I’m quite grounded, so for me that’s not enough. I want more, I want to play better.”
What next for Browne?
Some may feel that Browne has regressed after being heralded as one of the most promising youngsters at the club.
After making his debut for the Irons in the Europa League as a teenager, Browne then went out on loan to Championship side Wigan Athletic in January 2017.
After managing just one game for the Latics, he returned to West Ham and spent most of the 2017/18 season out injured.
But these words from Robinson will be well received in the East End, with many fans still viewing Browne as a potential first-team player in the future.
His early season performances in League One have been encouraging and he is getting his confidence back.
Browne plays predominantly as an attacking midfielder, operating either centrally, out wide or from slightly deeper, where he can drive forward with intent.
Aged just 20, Browne is still very young and if he can maintain these levels of performance and stay injury-free, he could return to West Ham next summer with a case for first-team opportunities.