Allardyce: West Ham teenager Reece Burke was 'absolutely magnificent' against Burnley

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was full of praise for centre back Reece Burke after beating Burnley 1-0.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has told the BBC that teenage defender Reece Burke has been 'magnificent' during his two games in the side.

West Ham notched just their third Premier League win of 2015 today, beating bottom club Burnley 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a Mark Noble penalty.

The result takes West Ham back up into ninth place in the Premier League table, and gives manager Allardyce something to shout about after a dismal calendar year to date.

Teenage defender Burke is one of the few bright spots right now though, with the 18-year-old centre back making his debut against QPR last weekend and starting again today given the absences of James Tomkins and Winston Reid.

Burke again put in an assured display, earning praise from manager Allardyce in an interview with the BBC after the game.

"We've got an 18-year-old playing centre half who has done absolutely magnificent today," said Allardyce. "He's played two games and got us two clean sheets. Before he played in those two games we'd only had two clean sheets all season!"

Burke's rise will give fans hope of another promising West Ham prospect, given the history of the club which features Rio Ferdinand, Glen Johnson, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe as some of it's big-name graduates in recent years.

With many fans wanting another centre back this summer, Burke's performances may give the Hammers pause before paying for another defender at the end of the season.

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