Burke to face Villa challenge

ReeceburkeHammers 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.”



About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

8 comments on “Burke to face Villa challenge

  1. Why would he not be in the team 2 games 2 clean sheets,
    And the cleaning lady could have made that statement,
    is Nolan in the team for the same reasons ?

  2. tbh i would consider dropping him and moving kouyate to cb purely because of benteke’s strength and power, and burke could struggle against that

    • As we are safe and Allardyce doesn’t care less Burke will play so Nolan starts with Koyoute.I think it’s a high risk against Benteke but Burke will gain more experience in this game as it will test his physique which is not big enough,yet.
      Where is Poyet though?

  3. reece98 why would you want to change a back 4 that has played 2 conceded 0
    4 points and gives Burke the experience for next season ?
    You still think we can win the league ?
    Kouyate is the only midfielder on form at the moment we need him to cover for Nolan,and win the ball for Downing,
    Ginge will pick up Benteke not Burke,
    I would worry more about where the goals are going to come from

  4. I have faith that my mate Samuel is going to produce the goods tomorrow,first back-to-back wins in 5 months,first Prem away win in 5 months.In fact give the guy a new two year contract,with a record this impressive he deserves it im sure 😉

  5. Poyet is one for the future you know BFS won’t play him till his 25 plus otherwise he will suffer with fatigue,
    He will play Song instead now he knows he is not coming back,
    Nene will be rested because he played a whole 10 mins,
    Sorry I must be more positive

  6. so annoying all those youngsters on the bench collecting dust so slow predictable nolan can get another game fat sam out!

  7. Is nolon sams xxx boy?

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