Despite media pressure suggesting the teenager could receive his first team debut against Manchester United yesterday, there was never a real hope of it happening.
Manager Sam Allardyce kept him on the bench to ensure he continues to taste the big match atmosphere but first team action remains very much in the distance.
And despite some speculation, a source told us this morning that there is no chance even of Reece being sent out on loan this season as is the preferred Sam Allardyce method of development for his youngsters.
Despite the 16 year old’s huge reputation as the best prospect the club has produced since the days of Rio Ferdinand, the club are not ready to send him in that direction just yet.
A well placed source told ClaretandHugh: “Yes, he has tremendous talent, yes he is a marvelous prospect but he was only 16 the other day.
“To put him out on loan in the emergency window is premature – he will be handled very carefully because we believe he’s going to the top of his profession with the correct handling.”