west brom's burke looks to impress after spell with celtic

17:00    11 Jul 2019

West Bromwich Albion's Oliver Burke
West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke hopes to flourish under Slaven Bilić as the team continues to prepare for the new EFL Championship season at their Costa Blanca training camp.

The 22-year-old gained valuable first-team experience during his loan spell at Scottish Premier League (SPL) champions Celtic FC last term, scoring four goals in 19 appearances.

His form north of the border earned him a place in Steve Clarke’s maiden Scotland squad - repaying the former Baggies boss by stepping off the bench to net a late winner against Cyprus in June.

But now, Oli insists, is time to “give back to West Brom” as a new Championship approaches.

“I think it’s a great appointment and obviously he’s a fantastic manager, I think everyone knows that,” he said of Bilić.

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“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.”
 

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