West Ham teenager Reece Burke puts in another fine performance

Upton Park

West Ham United may have lost 1-0 to Aston Villa this weekend but their teenage centre-back continued to impress.

West Ham United could not build on their recent win against Burnley, as Sam Allardyce’s men lost 1-0 to a resurgent Aston Villa side on Saturday.

The only goal of the game came from Tom Cleverley; the Manchester United loanee scoring for the third match in succession. But while Villa stole the show and won the points, Hammers fans can at least take heart from another fine performance from their teenage centre-back Reece Burke.

The 18-year-old was playing his third league game in a row, and for the first time he was unable to help his side to a clean-sheet having previously done just that against both Sean Dyche’s men and Queens Park Rangers.

Burke is far from the finished article, but while there are areas of his game that he can and no doubt will improve in time, he showed enough on Saturday to suggest he should now remain a regular part of the Hammers’ first-team squad.

  Passing AccuracyDuels WonAerials WonEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesInterceptions WonDispossessedBall RecoveriesMins Played
Reece Burke 80% 0 0 12 7 0 0 3 90

The areas in which the West Ham youngster really impressed at the weekend – apart from his brilliant composure for one so young – were the sheer number of effective clearances he made and the fact that he was not dispossessed all afternoon.

Burke made 19 effective clearances in total (12 with his feet and seven with his head) while he also recovered the ball on three separate occasions. He also had an impressive passing accuracy of 80 per cent.

The areas he will be less pleased with were duels, aerial battles and interceptions, with Burke winning none on the day.

But he is young, he is extremely talented and in time he could become a great West Ham centre-back.

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