The dust is starting to settle after West Ham United confirmed on their website yesterday that Slaven Bilic has become their next manager.
Bilic will link up with the Hammers when he returns from a family break, but the club’s players will already be very excited and perhaps a little nervous as they compete for their positions under Bilic’s entertaining style as the boss.
One player who could be set to benefit more than some of his colleagues, is a player who has only just started to make his way into the game; Reece Burke.
Burke has only had a taste of first team life under West Ham, used in the first team by former manager Sam Allardyce last season.
Burke, like Bilic, is a defensively minded player and he’s someone who embodies what it means to graduate from the club’s historic youth team and into the senior ranks.
He’s playing at a club where there are some very experienced and very high profile players and he’s definitely someone that Bilic could look to take under his wing.
There will be the opportunity for the pair to work closely together, with Bilic a good individual for Burke to look to as he looks to fine tune various areas of his game.
His positional sense, his intelligence and his aggression are all things, which should develop nicely under the guidance of the club’s new manager.
Bilic is also well suited to taking Burke under his wing in terms of the criticism and pressure, which can come hand in hand with top flight football.
He’s coached at international level, where the exposure and scrutiny on players is far more intense and he’s coached at Besiktas, a cult club with one of the most passionate, and critical, sets of fans in the world.
Burke is still a very young and raw player and he is going to make mistakes while Bilic works to develop various areas of his game.
It’s vital that when he makes those errors and fans start to get a little bit disgruntled, that the boss steps in and provides that bit of protection which will make all the difference.