Reece Burke suggests Hammers haven't changed despite new manager

Upton Park

West Ham United youngster Reece Burke feels there is a feeling of continuity despite a managerial change at the club.

West Ham United youngster Reece Burke has told the club’s website that he’s feeling fresh after returning to pre-season training with the Hammers.

The club don’t have too long to wait before their first game of the season next week, as they take on FC Lusitans as they look to qualify for the group stage of the Europa League.

It’s an exciting opportunity for the Hammers and Burke is one player who could feature for new manager Slaven Bilic, taking charge of his first game at Upton Park.

“It's really good to be back on the training pitch - The legs were a little tired after that first session, but I felt fresh on Tuesday and am feeling good [for pre-season],” he told

“We've only had a little break but I think that's good for us. Being back now rather than having a long period of time not getting the football in, it just feels the same.”

Does the first game come too soon?

There is an argument which exists suggesting that the game next Thursday could catch West Ham’s players off guard in terms of preparations.

However, Bilic will back the quality he already has in the squad and will back each player to win his individual battle against their Andorran opponents.

It would be a much more precarious situation for the Hammers than would have been the case, had they been coming up against a much tougher opponent.

Continuity equals positives, but changes needed

Burke is right to suggest that continuity is important for the Hammers because the side is much more likely to play well with familiarity and feeling comfortable.

However, changes are needed looking back to the end of last season, because the team did look flat at times towards the end of the campaign under old boss Sam Allardyce.

Bilic should ensure that there’s a greater sense of urgency with the game next week, which is also an early chance for any first team squad member to impress him.

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