Sheffield United legend, Brian Deane, thinks it’s time for new signing Oliver Burke to “grow up”.
Burke arrived at Bramall Lane last week from West Bromwich Albion in a deal that saw Callum Robinson move the other way and the Blades also receive £3m – according to The Sheffield Star.
The Scotland international is still only 23-years-old and this comes just four years after RB Leipzig paid £15m for him.
That said, Burke failed to live up to expectations at Leipzig and West Brom, having burst onto the scene as a youngster at Nottingham Forest.
Subsequent loan moves to Celtic and Alaves have also be relatively uninspiring. It’s why Deane thinks it’s now or never for Burke after getting this move to the Premier League.
“That’s the one (signing) where I think he’s had a lot of opportunities. He’s been talked up, he’s been hyped,” the 52-year-old told Talksport.
“It’s time for him now, perhaps to grow up and realise this is the last opportunity he’ll get at a really top club.
“Those reputations can follow you around. He’s perhaps looked at the situation and thought this is a good place for him to compete and prove he’s a bit more mature.”
Where will Burke play at Sheffield United?
In comparison to the five other signings manager Chris Wilder has made this summer, it’s not quite so obvious to see where Burke fits into his team.
Considered a winger, the Scot will probably have to adapt if Wilder sticks with his tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation.
The most obvious move would be for Burke to operate as one of the two strikers. Perhaps using his pace to play on the shoulder of the defenders and run in behind.
Or maybe Wilder is considering a tweak of his tactics. After all, following United’s promotion from the Championship the 52-year-old dropped his number ten.
Instead, Wilder switched a flat midfield three which allowed John Lundstram to flourish. Maybe he is now thinking about a front three – or even dropping his wing-back system altogether.
Only time will tell.