West Brom’s club-record signing – forgotten man Oliver Burke – says he wants to prove the ‘doubters’ wrong after enduring a difficult season with La Liga outfit Alaves.
Burke joined West Bromwich Albion from RB Leipzig in 2017 after emerging through the ranks at Nottingham Forest, but is now looking for a fresh start after failing to impress so far this season at Alaves.
Once dubbed the ‘Scottish Messi’ with blistering pace and strength, the 22-year-old made his professional bow against Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, before his breakthrough in the 2015/16 campaign saw him feature 21 appearances in all competitions.
Burke now finds himself with relegation-threatened Alaves, scoring only one goal and providing one assist as he bids to resurrect his fading career.
Speaking via the Daily Record, Burke said: “For me, right now I’d like to find myself a club where I can settle, enjoy and play week in, week out.
“I want to find my confidence again, which I’m slowly getting back, to prove all the doubters out there wrong.
“There’s a lot of doubters out there – there’s always going to be – but I’d love to throw it back in their face a little bit.
“Hopefully I can do my best here at Alaves and I’ll have a bright future.”
The pacy wide midfielder joined RB Leipzig in a reported £13million deal in August 2016, but failed to establish himself in the first team and was offered an escape route back to English football under Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns in 2017.
A move to familiar Scottish soil followed as the Scotland international joined Celtic in an underwhelming loan spell for the rest of the season, netting a brace on his Scottish Premier League debut.
However, a plethora of talented attacking players from overseas in the form of Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic followed Slaven Bilic in a bid to return to the Premier League, putting the midfielder out of favour – before joining Alaves on loan for the rest of the campaign.
West Brom may be looking to bolster their attacking options even further if they can secure Premier League status at the end of the campaign, and whether Burke remains part of the project remains to be seen.