West Ham starlet Marcus Browne faces Tottenham Hotspur tonight in the EFL Trophy.
Browne’s loan side Oxford United host the Spurs under-21 outfit at The Kassam Stadium in a knockout game.
If the youngster impresses against West Ham’s rivals Tottenham, then he will further endear himself to fans.
Marcus Browne at Oxford
Browne was loaned out to League One side Oxford last summer to aid his development.
The 21-year-old’s previous loan spell at Wigan Athletic was unsuccessful and injuries held back his progress last season.
But now fully back fit, the attacking midfielder is flying.
Demonstrating pace, strength, skill and an eye for goal, Browne is one of the most dangerous attacking players in the third tier.
At the weekend, Browne notched his eight goal in his 23rd appearance for the U’s, adding to his burgeoning reputation.
Oxford vs. Tottenham U21
Tonight, Browne will line up against Tottenham under-21s on his 21st birthday.
The versatile attacking midfielder, who plays out wide or through the middle, has always thrived at youth level for the Hammers.
And playing against a talented crop of youngsters, who perhaps lack senior nous, is the ideal environment for Browne to demonstrate his skill.
West Ham fans will eagerly keep their eye on this encounter, hoping their academy boy can help dump Spurs out of the EFL Trophy.
Future at West Ham?
Browne will be encouraged by Manuel Pellegrini’s willingness to promote young players.
Grady Diangana, Conor Coventry and Joe Powell have all made their debuts under Pellegrini, while Declan Rice is a first-team regular and Xande Silva was on the bench against Fulham.
Browne has the natural ability to make it at West Ham and if he continues to impress at Oxford, he will catch Pellegrini’s eye ahead of next year.