The 18-year-old had previously turned out for the Hammers in the League Cup this season, but he has now also tasted league action, playing the whole 90 minutes on Saturday.
West Ham’s injury woes at the back saw Burke called up and he did not disappoint. He may not have put in the perfect performance, but considering his age and the fact that Allardyce’s men are not exactly on fire right now, the teenager should be commended for his contribution.
It remains to be seen how many more chances Burke gets this season, but it seems West Ham could have a future star on their hands based on these early, tentative steps into senior football.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what West Ham fans thought of Burke’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Well done Reece Burke hope that this is just the beginning of a long and successful career— Robert maeer (@rjmhammerman) April 26, 2015
Reece Burke made he debut yesterday... Wouldn't have thought it dealt with Zamora and Austin well. mature performance from the 18 year old— Daniel Stribbling (@DStribbling) April 26, 2015
Reece Burke will be so good— CARDY (@cardwell66) April 25, 2015
Reece Burke looking like the next one of fthe conveyor belt. It's been a while. #WHUFC— David Stewart (@dstewartpd) April 25, 2015
Hopefully Reece Burke stays as a regular until the end of the season. No better development than play first team football!— JJ_Ivors (@CrazyLeexxx) April 25, 2015
Am I the only West Ham fan who wasn't pleased with Reece Burke today? Lacked composure and discipline, got a lot of developing to do yet— George Seymour (@GeorgeSeymour19) April 25, 2015
Reece Burke had an alright debut, but looked a bit shaky with his positioning in the first half and didn't look too confident on the ball— Jack Lebeau (@JackLebeau66) April 25, 2015
Reece Burke looked solid today— Kai Whiting (@Kaiwhufc16) April 25, 2015