Oliver Burke could reportedly be sold in the summer by West Bromwich Albion if they don’t get promoted from the Championship.
According to Birmingham Mail, the managerless outfit could look to ship him on if they can’t reach the English Premier League this term.
The Celtic loan star has failed to make a big success of his move to Parkhead so far. He’s scored only four goals since his January move, and has played in just one of Celtic’s last four matches.
That came after a lackluster first-half of the season at parent club West Brom. The Scotland international made just five appearances and scored once before the January transfer window. The Hawthorns outfit allowed him to head up to Parkhead, and the longer we’ve had Burke, the more he’s looking unconvincing.
Birmingham Mail believes that West Brom could accept a bid in the region of £9million. Of course, that’s Celtic’s current transfer record having just bought Odsonne Edouard for the same price in the summer.
Nowhere near worth that kind of money
This was always going to be the problem with Burke. If West Brom were going to sell him on, it was never going to be for pennies. They signed him for £15million in the summer of 2017. WBA would always be looking to try and minimise their losses.
If Burke was flying the way he was at the start of his loan spell, perhaps a bit of thought could’ve gone into this. But it’s highly unlikely that the Hoops have seen enough to believe Burke warrants that kind of fee.
With just six games to go and the winger having missed the squad on Sunday, time is running out for Burke. It already feels as though we’ve seen as good as we’re going to see from him. Displacing the likes of Edouard, James Forrest, or Jonny Hayes doesn’t seem probable.
West Brom still have Burke tied down for three more years. The cards were always going to be in their hands over what they wanted to do with him.
If the English club does want to sell, it’s hardly a guarantee Celtic will be interested. If Burke wants to change that mindset, he simply has to come out of his shell during the run-in.