At the age of just 21, there should never be talk about having to get your career back on track. However, considering the early hype around Oliver Burke, that is what it’s come to. The young Scottish winger has suffered unsuccessful spells at RB Leipzig and West Brom and is only showing what he’s about now he’s made the move to Celtic.
The Bhoys have greatly enjoyed Burke’s start to life north of the border, and if things continue to go as planned then you’d think that the Baggies would have no problem allowing the winger to leave if he chooses to continue his career in Glasgow. It certainly wouldn’t be a problem with the Hoops, and if you were to ask them they’d all love to see Burke become a permanent signing.
Football can be a tough industry to thrive in, especially if you don’t meet the expected levels of hype straight away after making a move to a new club as a young player, and that is exactly what happened for Burke in both of his early moves. In hindsight, leaving the comfort of Nottingham Forest for the Bundesliga was a bad idea, and ever since he’s been paying for it.
Now, though, it seems he’s put that transfer behind him and the 21-year-old is getting back to his goalscoring and influential best at Parkhead. It may be tough for him to adjust to life now that the man who signed him, Brendan Rodgers, has left for Leicester, yet Neil Lennon will still be keen to utilise him as his game has proven more than effective in the Scottish Premier League.
The Bhoys are already reaping the rewards of having Burke in their side. Four goals and an assist in his opening nine appearances for the club in the Scottish top flight is more than healthy as a return, especially seeing as this is a winger who has been shoehorned into a central position. His early form just proves that the future is still bright for the youngster, and whilst Celtic is certainly best for him short term, the sky is still the limit.
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