On August 25th, West Brom signed RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke on a five-year deal for a reported £15 million fee.
The winger had failed to live up to the hype in Germany and returned to England looking to finally fulfil his potential.
Although he could well turn out to be a solid performer for the club in time, it seems so far that the fans were wrong to be so excited by his arrival.
LOVE IT. GREAT SIGNING GREAT BANTER
— James Wilkins (@JamesWilkins2) August 25, 2017
Finally we sign someone young and pacey!
— Zach Joseph (@Zach_Vaug) August 25, 2017
— Carl Scott (@scott20652) August 25, 2017
Now we're talking… top punning too lads
— Tom Coram (@tpc26) August 25, 2017
What a signing….Glad we can watch his talent more regularly now
— Ryan Glover (@RyanGlover_NFFC) August 25, 2017
In just five games for Nottingham Forest, Burke scored four goals in the Championship to go with one assist and was regarded as one of the best talents to come out of Scotland in recent years. Twenty-five games later in the Bundesliga, and his stock had fallen dramatically.
During his time for Leipzig, the forward only managed to score one goal and two assists and was deemed a player that had an ’empty hard drive’ by his boss, Ralph Hassenhuttl.
In his first season with West Brom, Burke didn’t exactly play well and only managed two assists in 15 games. Not long after joining the club, he picked up a hamstring injury which meant that he only made one substitute appearance by mid-November.
This season, West Brom have enjoyed a fantastic start thanks to the play of Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez but as of yet, Burke has only made one appearance in the league but in the EFL Cup, he managed to score a goal against Luton while also grabbing an assist against Mansfield.
As it stands, the £15 million fee looks like an incredibly overinflated one. Burke does have age on his side but so far during his time at West Brom, he’s barely made any impact on the side.