We catch up with loan star of last season Reece Burke in Saturday’s official matchday programme.
- West Ham United defender Reece Burke set to face former club Wigan Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round this weekend.
- Burke played ten Sky Bet Championship games for Latics in 2016-17
- Burke: “Wigan won’t be easy for us; they beat a good Premier League side in Bournemouth in the last round and, if we didn’t know already, that shows we have a very tough game on our hands.”
Wigan Athletic host Premier League West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon and for Hammers academy graduate Reece Burke, the game presents an early return to the DW Stadium after he spent last season on loan with Latics, albeit his spell was disrupted by injury.
Speaking to the club’s official match programme this week, Burke, who scored his first West Ham goal in David Moyes’ side’s win over Shrewsbury Town, said:
“It was a shame that I was injured for a good few months of the loan and had to go back to West Ham because I really felt I could have done well at Wigan and helped the club to stay in the Championship.
“They were really frustrating injuries for me, more niggles that kept building up, but I am over the worst and in a good place now.
“In all, though, it was still a good experience for me and I took a lot from it. I played right back in the Championship for a few games which, as someone who is a more natural central player, was something different but something that added to my versatility.
“The highlight was probably the goal at Huddersfield on TV, though, I remember that goal well – I made a run forwards from nowhere and managed to get on the end of Yanic’s cross!”
Discussing Saturday’s game, Burke continued:
“I still follow the results and I am pleased to see Wigan doing well in League One this year.
“If Saturday’s game is anything like the last round at Shrewsbury, we know we are in for a difficult game.
“Wigan won’t be easy for us; they beat a good Premier League side in Bournemouth in the last round and, if we didn’t know already, that shows we have a very tough game on our hands.”