The Baggies player was compared to Gareth Bale earlier in his career but has failed to impress at The Hawthorns and is now on loan in Spain.
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Oliver Burke has outlined his desire to impress on loan at Alaves and prove that he is the high-calibre player that people previously said he could become, as reported by the Daily Record.
The 22-year-old burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest, coming through the ranks and starring for the Reds, which earned him comparisons with Wales superstar Gareth Bale and eventually saw him move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in 2016 and becoming Scotland’s most expensive player.
Burke spent just under a year at the German club, subsequently returning to Britain and joining the Baggies – breaking his own record fee for a Scot – but he has failed to make much of an impact at The Hawthorns thus far, leading to a loan switch at Celtic earlier this year and the stint at La Liga side Alaves as of the end of last month.
“The comparison with Gareth Bale was something they used to say about me when I was a kid,” the winger told the Daily Record. “But he’s always been on another level to me. What I need to do is establish myself as Oliver Burke and not as the new Bale. To do that I need to work hard in La Liga.
“Everything that has happened to me in my career has happened very fast. I’ve played in England, Scotland and Germany. I am focused on what I need to do now. I feel more mature as a player and I have the opportunity to show why they were all talking about me a potentially good player a few years ago.”
Burke joined Albion for a reported club-record £15million fee (BBC Sport), made 24 senior appearances for the Baggies in all competitions, and is contracted to the club until the summer of 2022 (Transfermarkt).