West Ham's Adrian explains the advice he's given to Reece Burke

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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has told defender Reece Burke to focus on his position.

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has revealed on the club’s website the message he’s given to teenage defender Reece Burke.

Burke made his debut in the game against QPR over the weekend and played well as the Hammers registered another point to their tally for the season.

He played well against a side scrapping at the wrong end of the table and Adrian’s message to the youngster speaks volumes in terms of common sense.

“I was saying that he needs to concentrate for the 90 minutes and have confidence in himself. He’s a good central defender and he just needs to concentrate on his position,” he said.

“The more experienced players tried to keep him calm. It’s a good experience for him and he’ll try to keep going from here.”

It’s easy to see why a player in Burke’s position could quickly have become overawed by the occasion of his first start.

The pace of the player and the pressure, which comes with representing West Ham might have got the better of, but he was professional and backed the obvious talent he has.

He could get further chances over the rest of the season, with West Ham having little to play for and he needs to make sure he follows Adrian’s advice to the letter.

If he does that, he will be protected by the more experienced players in the team and the manager will look after him, as Sam Allardyce is a very good judge of when to expose and withdraw players in terms of the West Ham spotlight.

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