West Bromwich Albion midfielder Oliver Burke has said he wants to “progress and give back to West Brom” under new boss Slaven Bilic this season.
The 22-year-old has struggled to make an impact at the Hawthorns since joining from RB Leipzig in August 2017, making just 21 appearances, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic.
Burke turned heads during his time with the German club and has been described as the “Scottish Gareth Bale” but has failed to translate that form into English football.
The forward, valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt, has suggested that the arrival of the Croatian coach this summer could help him kick on in the Championship.
Speaking to the club website, he said: “I think it’s a great appointment and obviously he’s a fantastic manager, I think everyone knows that.
“I think the training sessions have been great. The quality and the standard has really risen and everybody’s really looking to impress and perform under him.
“I think everyone knows they can learn a lot as he’s a good coach. For the young players coming through it’s important, even for me, to take everything in like a sponge.
“Each day is really important as a player and I think that’s really important for me so I’m happy with the appointment and I think it’s perfect for me to learn as much as I can to really progress and give back to West Brom now.
“With everything that’s happened throughout my career there’s always that weight on your shoulders. I just want to enjoy my football and give my very best.
“I know what I can do and I’m sure the coaches know what I’m capable of now. It’s just down to me to go out and prove it and give my all for the club.”
After being labelled a “teenage sensation” during his time in the Bundesliga, Burke’s move to West Brom has proved underwhelming for both the player and the club.
With Bilic now at the helm he has a chance for a fresh start with the Baggies and given the shortage of forwards at the club he has a great opportunity to stake a claim for a place.
Salomon Rondon is currently the only striker in the Midlands club’s squad and if reports are to be believed he may not be at the club at the start of the season.
Burke is a right winger by trade but is comfortable operating as a centre-forward and has done during his career. With a strong pre-season could give himself a great chance of featuring regularly under Bilic.