Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for RB Leipzig midfielder Oliver Burke, as they try to add to their squad before the transfer deadline. The Scottish international has spent a year in the Bundesliga, but he hasn’t been able to break through as many predicted he would. A move back to Britain will appeal to him and Frank de Boer confirmed his interest in the player during his press conference ahead of their match against Liverpool. The following quotes were reported by Sky Sports:
“He is a very, young promising Scottish player of course.
“He had a great year at Leipzig, though he didn’t play in all the matches. He is from Great Britain, so it is always interesting to see those kinds of players and he is still very young.”
Bild report that the midfielder is available for €18 million and a move back to Britain is very likely. Crystal Palace are the only team mentioned in the article, but there is likely to be interest from other sides. Burke deserves to be praised for moving to Germany to test himself, but a move to the Premier League could launch his career. This is certainly a story to follow as the deadline draws closer.
What would he offer to Crystal Palace?
Considering that he was moulded by Nottingham Forest in the Championship, it isn’t surprising that Burke has the physicality to adjust quickly to the Premier League. He is a powerful dribbler, capable of using his strength to beat opposition players. Ralf Rangnick once described him as a ‘force of nature’ and that is a good description of the player, who is difficult to stop when he has found his stride.
Burke offers versatility in attack, as he can play on either flank. He is best utilised on the counter-attack and the possibility of him playing for the same team as Wilfried Zaha is a frightening one. The Scottish international showed that he was too good for the Championship with four goals in four starts for Forest at the beginning of last season. The winger is a good finisher, but he needs more time on the field to hone his decision making in the final third. If that isn’t on offer in Germany, a move to Selhurst Park would certainly tempt him.
Is a move likely?
The reports from Germany indicate that he is available for transfer and De Boer’s comments show that Palace are interested. It is rare for a manager to comment openly on a transfer target and that suggests that this transfer has a good chance of happening. Burke will want to move back to Britain if the opportunity was there and Palace would be a good fit. During their recent history, wingers have performed very well at the club and that will encourage the Scottish international that it is the right club for him.