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Football League World’s West Bromwich Albion fan pundit Sarah Rudge says she would not be concerned if winger Oli Burke decided to move back to the Bundesliga.
The Mail Online reported on Wednesday morning that the 22-year-old was considering the posibility of returning to Germany before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.
“I was at the game last night against Millwall in the Carabao Cup and his presence was pretty much non-existent,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“Burke looked disinterested and completely lacking any real enthusiasm.
“It’s understanding when a player is lacking in confidence or form but effort is the minimum requirement. We aren’t entirely blessed with forwards at the moment but I wouldn’t mind letting him go at all.”
Burke made the move to the Hawthorns from Red Bull Leipzing back in the summer of 2017 for around £15.5million but has failed to kick on at the club, making just 23 appearances in the subsequent two years.
Last season saw him sent out on loan to Celtic in the January transfer window where he had far more joy, scoring four and assisting three in 19 games.
So, if he is to be sold, how much should the Baggies be looking to recoup?
Well, Rudge is not feeling too confident on that front.
“We paid £15million for him and we’ve reaped no rewards on this,” she said.
“Personally I think we would be lucky to get even £5million for him to be quite honest.
“When you consider Newcastle were valuing Dwight Gayle at £15million and what he did for us last season, the players are quite frankly worlds apart.”
Burke left Nottingham Forest for Germany in 2016, and when he did, he did so as one of Britain’s brightest young talents and many West Brom fans will be left disappointed to see his potential left unfulfilled.
But Rudge feels the club have given him enough time to at least prove his worth to the side.
“He hasn’t been given much of a run in the side, I will admit,” she said.
“However, for the first part of last season he was never going to get in the side ahead of (Jay) Rodriguez and (Dwight) Gayle who both hit the ground running for us.
“On the chances we have given to him, even from the bench, to try and make an impact he never really has and at this level, when we are looking to get promoted, we need consistent performers.”