West Ham's Academy Manager has advice for youngster Reece Burke

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West Ham United's academy chief has suggested what Reece Burke needs to be doing to keep his game moving forward.

West Ham United’s Academy Manager Terry Westley has told the club’s website what Reece Burke needs to be doing looking ahead to next season.

The teenager has found himself thrown into the spotlight at the club after featuring for the first team in difficult games against QPR and Burnley.

Those matches have highlighted his talent and given an insight into how good he could become, as he dealt with a trio of top quality strikers effectively across the two games; Charlie Austin, Danny Ings and ex-Hammer Bobby Zamora.

“He has been named on the bench for the first team on numerous occasions and, moving forward, he should be setting himself high goals towards establishing himself as a professional player next season,” said Westley.

His immediate goal will be to keep himself in the team for the rest of the season and he’s got every chance of doing just that.

West Ham have kept clean sheets in their last two games when he has featured and he seems to complement the other defensive players around him nicely.

He’s got good core strength and a good burst of pace over the first five to ten yards, which allows him to recover if he gets caught out of position.

Manager Sam Allardyce may already have ideas over how to develop his game, but for now it would be a good idea to just let him play and further adjust to the demands of Premier League football.

At some point, he’ll make a mistake and how he reacts to it will tell the club’s fans a great deal about his mentality and character.

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