My foot­ball will do talk­ing, in­sists Ol­lie

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

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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