Burrow is going to be ‘a hell of a player’, says Westley

Jordan Burrow. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Jordan Burrow. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Boro boss says he loves his striker ‘to death’ adding that the summer signing, who is from Sheffield, has shown real signs of improvement

Graham Westley believes Jordan Burrow is going to be ‘a hell of a player’ after the Stevenage striker scored both of his side’s goals in Saturday’s draw at Port Vale.

The 21-year-old, who signed on a free transfer in the summer after spending two seasons at Morecambe, has now made six appearances for the club this season scoring three goals.

Yet, Westley says, it is not just the goals that have impressed him, but the young striker’s overall play and signs of improvement since he joined the club.

The Boro boss said: “He obviously got the goals, but it’s not the goals that I’m bothered about really it’s his entire performance and it’s a performance that came off the back of not playing too many games.

“He came here as a terrific young prospect, I really believe in Jordan I think he’s going to be a great lad.

“I think he’s a work in progress, I think it’s going to take time for him to come through but he works so hard every day on the training ground. People don’t see the character that he’s shown.

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It’s not gone his way, he’s not getting the shirt regularly, the odd start the odd sub appearance but I love him to death. I know he’s going to be a hell of a player and [against Vale] I think he’s shown signs of real improvement.

“I thought he did what he can do. He got the ball in, he got the ball off, he got in the box and when he was in the box he was nice and sharp and really confident. Terrific performance and I’m really pleased for him.”

Burrow’s last start in a Stevenage shirt was the 2-1 home win over Brentford on October 12, and although the striker admitted that he was disappointed that he hadn’t started more games he says he is pleased with how he performed after being given the chance on Saturday.

“We’ve got a few results when I’ve played but that’s really nice knowing the gaffer’s got faith in me. He tells me all the time he’s got loads of faith in me so that’s brilliant knowing that the gaffer believes in me that much,” Burrow told the Comet.

“[The] last start was Brentford when we beat them 2-1 and me and [Francois] Zoko played up front then.

“I’ve been a little bit frustrated and disappointed I haven’t been playing but the team’s being doing well up front. Lucas has been scoring, Fil [Filipe Morais] has been scoring. I’ve had to wait for my chance but I thought me and Zoko did well again [against Port Vale] up front.

“The gaffer picks the team so I’ve got respect for that and I try to do as well as I can, whether I come off the bench or if I start games.

“Zoko set them both up for me, so a massive thanks for me. The first one he’s pulled it across, I’ve got in front and I’ve thighed it in.

“The second one Zoko’s gone down the left again, it’s fell to me I’ve had a touch and swivelled and left foot it’s gone into the roof of the net.”

This Saturday Stevenage host Sheffield United, Burrow’s home town club.

“I was born in Sheffield [but] I’m from Chesterfield,” the striker said.

“It’s a big one for me, especially [as they are] pretty local to me so I’m looking forward to that. They’re a few places above us so it’s a massive game for us. We’re at home and fully expect to get the points.”