West Brom manager Darren Moore has revealed that youngster Oliver Burke could feature in The Baggies’ first team picture in the coming games, telling Birmingham Mail that the winger remains in contention despite the recent signing of former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako.
The arrival of winger Bakary Sako on a free transfer yesterday has done no harm to youngster Oliver Burke’s chances of getting into the squad, manager Darren Moore has revealed.
The Scotsman has made only 19 appearances for West Brom since joining last summer for £13m (Transfermarkt) from German side RB Leipzig after a short and unsuccessful spell in the Bundesliga.
He has made only three appearances this season, with two coming in the EFL Cup against Luton and Mansfield, but manager Darren Moore is still not ruling out his first team chances – despite the arrival of Malian winger Bakary Sako.
“We’ve got a squad of players competing in a competitive division. There’s still another 36 league games to go.
“It’s a really tough gruelling season ahead and we’ve got a busy period coming up and we’ve still got the FA Cup too.
“When you look at that, it’s still a long way to go and we need to call upon our squad of players. In terms of those two players, they’re in the thick of the squad. I want them fit so if called upon they’re ready.”
“It’s a price tag that Oli hasn’t put on himself. It’s where the game is at at the moment,” Moore reasoned. “He’s a wonderful player, a good man, we’re working hard together.
“He’ll be the first to say there are parts of his game starting to improve and long may that continue. Oli Burke has got a bright future ahead of him, and there’s lots of work to be done.
“There is lots of education to be done, because one so young, he’s learning a lot. He’s got a team of coaches around him giving him all those learning aspects of the game.
“It’s good to see signs of improvement which is great to see.”
The youngster has failed to live up to his price tag and the hype that was around him when he first burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest, but both Burke and Darren Moore are keen to get him back to his best to help West Brom get back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.