Oliver Burke joins up with the Scotland squad this week happy in the knowledge that his new club RB Leipzig sits joint top of the German Bundesliga.
Whilst Burke’s £13m move from Nottingham Forest to the Red Bull funded Bundesliga side raised eyebrows around Europe, Leipzig’s lightning start to the season will have raised more.
The German outfit, only founded in 2009, made history on the weekend as they became the first newly promoted Bundesliga team to remain unbeaten after the opening ten fixtures. It is also the first time in six years that a side has been level on points with European heavyweights Bayern Munich after ten matches.
Leipzig’s start to the season is a stark contrast to Forest’s start as Philippe Montanier’s side continue to struggle in the Championship without Burke.
Despite the obvious talent Burke possesses, the 19-year-old has mostly had to settle for a place on the bench at Leipzig as fellow hot-prospects Emil Forsberg and Marcel Sabitzer occupy Burke’s favoured wide positions.
But in the appearances Burke has made he has shown glimpses of why Nottingham Forest held out for such a hefty fee for the starlet. The teenager scored inside five minutes on his full debut and has also provided two assists in his five appearances as he looks to force his way into coach Ralph Hasenhuttl’s starting 11.
The future continues to look bright for Burke and the young Scotsman is relishing the chance to impress in the Bundesliga stating he believes this young Leipzig team can win the Bundesliga.
And whilst it’s early days for RB Leipzig, Die Roten Bullen boast considerable financial clout and have an emphasis on developing Europe’s most exciting talent, something they hope will allow them to build a team ready to challenge Europe’s elite in the near future.
Gordon Strachen will hope Burke will be able to bring the winning mentality he’s gained at RB Leipzig back to the Scotland training camp ahead of this week’s World Cup Qualifiers. Burke and the Scotland contingent face England on Friday as they look to register their first win over their fierce neighbours since 1997.