Oliver Burke could leave West Bromwich Albion before the end of the European transfer window. According to The Daily Mail, Burke is considering a move to Europe as he seeks an escape route.
Burke has not lived up to expectations since his club-record move to West Brom in 2017. Prior to that, he had impressed at Nottingham Forest but struggled in Germany with Red Bull Leipzig.
Last season, Burke only played three Championship games – amounting to less than 50 minutes – as Darren Moore kept him on the sidelines. In January, he joined Scottish champions Celtic.
In 19 games, he scored four goals and provided three assists. But the versatile attacker was criticised for his inconsistency while with the Bhoys. He returned to West Brom this summer with a new manager, ready to stake a first-team claim.
However, Slaven Bilic has used the 22-year-old sparingly. Burke was a substitute in the first two Championship games of the season and he played the full 90 minutes in last night’s EFL Cup loss to Millwall.
On deadline day, West Brom snapped up three wingers – Chris Willock, Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana – to surely push Burke further down the pecking order. Consequently, the Scotland international is weighing up his options while the European window remains open.
Burke needs a fresh start in a team that will give him a starring role. Since leaving Nottingham Forest, Burke has struggled everywhere he has been, bar some glimpses of his talent while with Celtic.
There is clearly a talented player in there somewhere but he is so low on confidence. West Brom are unlikely to see the best of Burke unless he has a successful loan spell in Europe to recapture some form. But the youngster could be looking for a permanent exit.