Scotland attacker Oliver Burke has opened up on his loan move from West Brom to Alaves.
The Baggies loanee has been brought back into the Scotland squad after missing out on last month’s qualifiers. He is currently spending his season in La Liga after Slaven Bilic deemed him surplus to requirements at The Hawthorns this term.
It’s a challenge he’s loving so far and one that he was ‘keen’ to try out.
He told the Scotsman (page 58, 09/10/19): “I’m really enjoying it so far and I feel really comfortable there The team is good and have made me feel really welcome and I’m playing football which is the main thing.
“It was sort of a last-minute move at the end of the summer transfer window. There were some other options but this one popped out and was of the most interest really.
“Alaves were very keen on me and I was very keen for another adventure.
West Brom departure benefitting his international career
Since moving to West Brom from RB Leipzig, things haven’t really worked out for Burke. He’s made just 24 appearances for them, and with his contract not set to expire until 2022 (Transfermarkt), it looks set to be a long few years for him.
He was loaned out last term and now he’s back out on loan. There doesn’t appear to be a Baggies future for Burke.
The attacker is getting minutes elsewhere though and that’s benefitting his Scotland career. Clarke has recalled him after the 22-year-old managed to get some minutes under his belt in Spain.
Just by playing regular football, Burke is helping his international career. It would be dead in the water at The Hawthorns, but over in Spain, he has a chance to show Clarke why he deserves consistent call-ups.
He can also do that by performing well when Scotland take on Russia and San Marino this week. With a lack of attacking options in the squad, Burke could be handed his ninth and potentially tenth Scotland caps this week.