'Hype was massive' - Exclusive: Whelan claims West Brom ace 'under pressure' at the Hawthorns


Noel Whelan says that West Brom winger Oliver Burke has got a long way to go to prove he is the great player that people think he is.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds star and Championship expert claims that the 22-year-old is under serious pressure at the Hawthorns, having struggled to make the desired impact since his move from RB Leipzig.

The winger was shipped out on loan to Scottish giants Celtic in January last season but failed to impress at Parkhead and returned to West Brom this summer.

Whelan says that people have been expecting great things from the Scottish international but that he is yet to live up to expectation, placing the blame for his disappointing performances firmly at his door.

“The hype was massive about him but with that you’ve got to manage it,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“I hope that he isn’t thinking too much about himself and that he’s this great player because you only become a great player when you’ve proved that. People keep taking a chance on him and he’s not producing. He’s got to prove he’s worth the chance, that he’s the player people thought you were.

“He needs to have a look at himself, the manager might need to do something to get the best out of him. Ultimately it comes down to the player, he’s definitely under pressure but if you’re going to be a great player there’s going to be pressure every game.”

Burke has played just 24 times for West Brom since joining the club, with five of those appearances coming last season.

This season has seen him feature as a backup option under Slaven Bilic, with two substitute outings in the Championship and one start in the League Cup under his belt.

In other West Brom news, Whelan has tipped Bilic to transform an “exceptional” player at the Hawthorns.