Allardyce: What's unusual about the development of Reece Burke

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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has described why the development of Reece Burke has been unusual.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s website what he feels is unusual and different about the way Reece Burke has developed.

The teenage centre back has been a key feature of the Hammers backline in recent matches, as Allardyce has offered him the chance to gain experience in the club’s first team.

He’s not let the team down and looks as though he could be a key component of the West Ham defence for several years.

“I think that West Ham finding this lad from age of nine, is very unusual now, because when you see youngsters breaking in, you will see that they have probably been bought in by the bigger clubs when they are 14 or 15 not when they are eight or nine like Reece,” he said.

It’s significant because it’s very rare for a player to come through and claim a first team place having only been at the same club throughout his teenage years.

However, what the gives someone like Burke is an understanding of everything West Ham represents.

He’s developed a bond with the club because it’s everything he’s known growing up. It means that little bit more, which allows him to raise his performance levels every time he steps out for the Hammers in a big game.

The challenge for Allardyce and whoever might replace him next year, is to give the youngster obstacles to overcome as well as urging him to eradicate the weaknesses from his game.

If West Ham can refine him into a complete centre back and make the most of his talent, he’s got a great future ahead of him.

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