A closer look at Reece Burke's Premier League debut for West Ham

West Ham United gave a young defender his first league chance this weekend, so how did he get on?

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce handed a Premier League debut to 18-year-old defender Reece Burke on Saturday.

The teenager held his own against a Queens Park Rangers side fighting for survival in the top flight, and here we take a closer look at the Hammers’ player’s individual statistics.

At first glance, the most notable and perhaps most alarming stat is Burke’s passing accuracy, which was just 29 per cent. But while his composure must – and no doubt will – improve over time, there was much to admire about his performance.

  Passing AccuracyOutfield BlockTackles WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesDuels WonAerials WonInterceptions WonMins Played
Reece Burke 29% 0 5 20 11 10 4 4 90

The West Ham youngster made a fantastic 31 effective clearances in total (20 with his feet and an additional 11 with his head). In short, he was not afraid to put himself in the firing line and he did what he is paid to with impressive regularity.

Burke also won 10 duels, four aerial battles and four interceptions, suggesting West Ham could have a very good young defender on their hands.

Burke was always going to be nervous heading into this fixture and of course there is plenty to work on and many reasons to be patient; but for a first Premier League outing, the boy deserves all the plaudits he gets.

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