Nottingham Forest supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their side extend their unbeaten Championship run to six matches over the weekend.
Aitor Karanka’s men went into their encounter with high-flying Middlesbrough off the back of successive 2-2 draws at the hands of Blackburn Rovers and Millwall, yet having lost just once in the league so far this term, which came back against Brentford at the start of September. And the East Midlands giants added a fourth victory of the campaign on Saturday in beating Tony Pulis’ Boro 2-0, with goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban sealing a routine win for Karanka and his side upon the former’s return to the Riverside Stadium.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Forest fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will be hoping their team can get even better given the busy summer their side had in the transfer window.
And while many fans were happy with the business their team conducted during the close season, that simply wasn’t the case back in 2016, what with the Reds sanctioning the sale of young talent Oliver Burke to RB Leipzig for £13.68 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And while the sale was somewhat controversial given the fans’ frustrations with the owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi at the time, Burke’s struggles to get going following his departure from the City Ground suggests that his exit is looking more and more like a transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, the attacker came up through the ranks at Forest to earn his senior debut for the club back in September 2014, which paved the way for 30 further appearances for the East Midlands heavyweights.
And in netting twice in the 2015/16 season for the Reds, alongside starting the 2016/17 on fire with four goals in five Championship games, up-and-coming Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig saw fit to part with £13.68 million to land the 21-year-old, much to the dismay of Forest fans given how much Burke looked set to offer them that season.
Owner Al-Hasawi wasn’t exactly endearing himself to supporters anyway prior to sanctioning Burke’s departure to Germany, but with just six goals to show for his time at the City Ground, making a £13.68 million profit is hardly bad business.
And it is looking like shrewder business by the day given Burke’s struggles since leaving Forest, with the Scotland international scoring just once for Leipzig in the 2016/17 campaign, before signing for West Brom that summer.
And things haven’t really got going for the 21-year-old at the Hawthorns either with 19 appearances and one goal to show for his endeavours, 15 of which coming in the Premier League last term as he failed to inspire the Baggies to safety.
And with just one Championship appearance so far this time round as well, Burke is clearly a way down Darren Moore’s pecking order at present, and while he still has plenty of time left in his career, one wonders where he might be were he to have stayed at Forest two years ago.
Nonetheless, despite the controversial sale of the 21-year-old back in 2016, making a £13.68 million profit on his services, given he came up through the youth ranks, is looking more and more like a masterstroke.
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