The former Celtic forward isn’t feeling the pressure as much on loan in La Liga.
Burke signed for the Hoops in the last January transfer window on loan until the end of the season. Initially fancied by Brendan Rodgers, things didn’t quite work out for the player when working under Neil Lennon.
Returning to West Bromwich Albion in the summer, he couldn’t force his way into that side either and is now in Spain playing for the La Liga outfit.
On Scotland duty the striker, rated as worth £6.75m by Transfermarkt, was quizzed about life at his new club, asked what’s different about life at Alaves compared to Celtic Park.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Vitoria-Gasteiz is a nice city, everywhere is five minutes away.
“The pressures at Celtic are sky high, while the pressures at Alaves are almost none. But I loved my time at Celtic and made some friends for life.
“This is a much smaller city than Glasgow, the fanbase isn’t as huge. You can walk down the street and not get pestered the way you would in Glasgow. It is just a different culture.”
Do Celtic miss him?
Burke made a decent impact in the weeks after his move from the Baggies. For a time he was even keeping Odsonne Edouard out of the side as the Frenchman returned from injury.
He scored four goals and assisted three times in 19 appearances.
Ultimately though his lack of ability on the ball turned opinion against him. He has pace and power but little else to his game.
Celtic are blessed with attacking options right now, so there won’t be many at Celtic Park lamenting his departure.
It speaks volumes that West Brom couldn’t find a place for him in their team on his return to England.
He sounds happy in Spain though so he’ll be eager to rebuild his career. He’s made four top-flight appearances since his switch, assisting once.
Can he finally emerge into the player his potential once promised?