Details Of Palace’s Interest In Oliver Burke + Joyous Fan Reaction

0 Posted by - August 18, 2017 - News

Within the last 24 hours, Crystal Palace have been linked to an ambitious move for RB Leipzig starlet Oliver Burke, who is supposedly having trouble adapting to life in the Bundesliga.

This report gives you all the details surrounding Palace’s interest in Burke, as well as fan reaction to the news.

Still only 20, Burke spent ten years as a part of Nottingham Forest’s academy before being called up to the first-team by fellow Scot and Palace legend Dougie Freedman in December of 2015. With the youngster viewing Freedman as something of a mentor, his game went from strength to strength and he bagged his first goal for Forest later that month against Cardiff City.

Making 21 appearances during that campaign, Burke earned himself a new deal at the City Ground but after a startling run of goalscoring form under new boss Philippe Montanier in 2016/17, (four goals in five league games) the club’s owner sanctioned his move to RB Leipzig for a fee believed to be £13 million; a record for any transfer involving a Scottish player.

Despite his new club having only just won promotion to the German top flight, the money being poured into player recruitment helped them take the division by storm, eventually finishing second behind champions Bayern Munich. Although Burke started brightly, providing an assist for Naby Keita to score the only goal of the game after coming on in the 69th minute, Burke has struggled for regular game-time ever since.

Whilst the man himself has spoken this summer of wanting to knuckle down and make a success of things in Leipzig this term, the above report suggests in no uncertain terms that his club would be open to letting him go within the next week or so, if the price is right. Obviously, it’s difficult to know for sure if a player who is still so young would hit the ground running in SE25 but I certainly wouldn’t be against the idea of bringing a player of such obvious talent into the football club.

Having read the report attached above, what do you think about the deal in prospect?

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4 Comments

  • Richard C August 18, 2017 - 6:57 am Reply

    We are so short of experienced options in the key positions of GK, RWB and striker, that for now we need to concentrate on filling those. Although I would temper that by saying that if the coaches believe he is ready to cover immediately for Zaha and then fight with Zaha and Townsend for a starting spot then yes we should sign him but not at the expense of the other 3 positions in my opinion.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 18, 2017 - 9:31 am Reply

    Agree with Richard, a brilliant player but this is not the most pressing position to strengthen. Even with Wilf’s injury we have Townsend, Sakho, Lokilo, Kaikai, Coker and Schlupp who can play on the wing.

    • Luke m August 19, 2017 - 8:48 pm Reply

      Please stop calling bakary sake by his more illustrious ex-teammate’s name ie. the beast name mamadou sakho. It confuses me for a moment every time you post

    • Luke m August 19, 2017 - 8:50 pm Reply

      It’s SAKO see what happens lol

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