Sam Allardyce makes an admission over Reece Burke

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted Reece Burke would have featured more this season had he not been injured.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told the club’s website that teenage defender Reece Burke would have been involved more this season had he not been injured.

Burke came into the side against QPR due to injuries to other players and Allardyce has hinted that he was considering the youngster earlier in the season.

“We want to put them into games at this level and see if they can stand up and get experience,” he said.

“Burke has come through because of injuries to Winston Reid and James Tomkins and to be fair he would have been more involved if he had not been injured earlier in the season.”

Allardyce would have learnt a number of things about Burke over the weekend, as he produced a solid display on his Premier League debut.

He didn’t look intimidated by the pressure and standard of Premier League football and coped well in dealing with a talented forward in Charlie Austin and a very physical player in Bobby Zamora.

With West Ham not having much to play for over the rest of the season other than position and prize money, Allardyce has a good platform he can use to develop Burke and offer him playing time in the first team.

It’s a fine balance because he’s also under pressure for the side to play well, which will strengthen his chances of getting a new contract with the Hammers.

The younger players are as important at West Ham as at any other club because they form the spine of the team for several seasons and Hammers fans should be delighted the club have unearthed another top talent.

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