My football will do talking, insists Ollie
WEST Brom whizz-kid Oliver Burke will let his football do the talking.
Burke, captain of Scot Gemmill’s Scotland Under-21s side, inspired Scotland’s run to the last four of the Toulon Tournament with goals in wins over France and South Korea.
Yet the 21-year-old winger has been slammed north of the border for shunning Scottish press during the competition.
Scottish media have also criticised him for his exasperated body language in matches and for failing to lead by example on and off the pitch.
But Burke has defended his behaviour.
“In any dressing room you’ll have every type of person and I think that’s important,” said Burke, who only started two Premier League matches for Albion last season.
“You need a mix, whether it’s the livelier boys or the ones that get their head down and go about their business quietly. “Personally, I like to do my talking on the park for the most part. “Everyone has their own approach or habits. I know I like to get in the zone, maybe stick on my headphones and listen to music. “It helps me concentrate and go over what we’ve talked about in the team meetings, so I can visualise what’s ahead. “That’s just me. “There’s probably not one ‘right or wrong’ way to go about it. I’m competitive and I demand a lot from myself.
“So I get frustrated if something hasn’t come off for me or if a game is going against it.
“I like to think I channel it in the right way and do my best for the team.”
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