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Bye bye Burke

BurkeReece Burke has been allowed to join Wigan on loan despite Slaven Bilic having used him in a number of reasonably high profile games in pre season and since.

Many had believed that Burke might be seriously involved in the first team squad this season but instead he’s heading north to the Championship outfit.

After a season on loan at Bradford in which he picked up several awards the player’s future is now on hold as far as the Irons are concerned.

Co chairman David Gold conformed on Twitter: “Reece Burke has joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan. I wish Reece the best of luck in the Championship. dg.”

There had been rumours that Slav might allow the player to go out again but the fact that it’s a month long loan is a surprise.

And it seems to negate recycled rumours in the national press that Chelsea could be involved in a late move for Angelo Ogbonna.

And of course there will be those who are now wondering about whether there is a long term future for the young defender.



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6 comments on “Bye bye Burke

  1. A season in the championship will do him good,he will develop far more playing weekly in that league than playing for the dev squad.
    Biggins off to Swansea on loan is a rumour on Sky.

  2. I thought for a split second it was bye bye BIGGINS ?
    In fairness to the lad he wanted to go out ? According to reports !
    He needsloads of game time still , If Bilic thought he was reay he wouldn’t have let him go ?
    We need a classy c/h , and r/b with to make byrum when better , I like the kid , he’s got guts and commitment , he had nolito in his pocket second half and they had to take him off .
    Surely the ogbonna bit is fantasy ! Who at the club confirmed that or rumour Hugh ?
    Month / season ! The ayto corektus abacus is playing up again or that brandy is very good !

  3. Good luck Reece I am sure you will do well.

  4. This makes no sense at the moment he is more reliable then Reid or Collins he is a better player then the likes of Richards and he learnt or he needed to last year,
    We need a player to cover Right hand side defence,
    Burke is better then all the players being lined up,in fact if he was given the chance I think he could take over from any of the players now in the side

  5. Sorry General but this makes perfect sense to me.Yeah ok we have watched him play well but in friendlies, a few euro matches against weaker opposition,well they should have been anyway & a handful of Premier games.I dont know but I can’t judge he is better than any of our other CBs based on that.The Championship is a real tough league now with the money a round with some very good players.Its probably better than a few top flights around Europe.I can’t see how it can’t benefit him more than being on the subs bench for much of the season or run outs for the development squad in their lowest division.The coaching staff sees these players day in day out so I guess you have to trust their knowledge of the player & what will benefit him best.

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