Burke to face Villa challenge
Hammers 18-year-old defender Reece Burke will start for his third successive game against Aston Villa tomorrow hoping to complete a hat trick of clean sheets for the youngster who won Young hammer of the year award at the London Hilton on Wednesday night.
Playing alongside James Collins, Burke he will have to face an and contain an inform Benteke, who has scored 11 goals in his past nine club games, and was voted the Premier League Player of April.
Defenders James Tomkins and Winston Reid will be both sidelined with shoulder and hamstring injuries respectively and will no part in tomorrow’s game.
Allardyce said of Burke “It will probably be his most difficult test – but then he had a difficult test in his last away match, against Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora. Particularly Austin who has been free-scoring in the Premier League for QPR. Reece, though, managed to cope with them. He may not have the physical presence of a Zamora or a Benteke just yet so, along with Ginge, he will have to be clever to make sure he copes with a man in good form at the moment.Benteke is back on form. He’s a goal-scorer who we know, when he is in such confident mood, can be unstoppable. The biggest part for the rest of the team is to stop that service, to stop the crosses because Villa are particularly strong in the air.”