West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke is largely enjoying a good spell up in Scotland with Celtic in the 2018/19 campaign after we loaned him out back in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old obviously struggled at The Hawthorns following his arrival from RB Leipzig back in the 2017 summer transfer window, and he’s only got four starts and 17 substitute appearances to his name since then – a return of one goal.
North of the border, he’s already made 12 starting appearances, three substitute showings and he’s returned four goals according to Soccerbase.
With there already being plenty of speculation about his future come the end of the loan spell – no buy clause included but his future with us questionable to say the least – he told the Scottish Sun recently, that if he had his way a permanent deal would be done at the end of the season.
“If it was down to myself, I would snatch it right up. I think it’s an amazing club and I’m very happy here and enjoying my football, so why wouldn’t I want to stay here? But right now, like I said, it’s totally out of my hands. We just have to see at the end of the season what comes of it. I’m at that stage in my career where obviously managers have come and gone again and a change has happened. For me right now, I’m just focusing on playing here at Celtic, getting the games and enjoying myself as much as I can. Whatever happens next, is sort of out of my hands. I am a West Brom player and they own me, but hopefully I can speak with my agent and get something sorted or something like this. But at the moment, nothing’s quite done and dusted yet. So I’ll see out the season here and we’ll see what happens.”
Having claimed he could’ve arrived at Celtic earlier in his career, he’s not being coy about his desires here, but ultimately we’ll have to see how much Celtic are willing to cough up given we paid £15million for his services, as we won’t want to take too much of a hit, if any.