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Following their opening game victory over Nottingham Forest, Slaven Bilic expressed his desire to add four more signings before close of play on Thursday and he got his wish.
First in the door yesterday was Grady Diangana joining on loan from Premier League side West Ham United then the Baggies were able to secure a striker after a £4m deal was reached with Southampton for Charlie Austin.
The arrival of four attacking players has put the place of Oliver Burke amongst Bilic’s side in serious jeopardy, especially with the Scottish winger being absent from the starting eleven in the Forest win.
Burke spent the second half of last season on loan at Celtic which suggests he wasn’t really fancied under former boss Darren Moore either.
Bilic opted to start Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards on either wing in the season opener against Forest with Burke occupying a spot on the bench – he was called upon for the final 28 minutes of the match where he struggled to make any impact, scoring a rating of just 5.9 from WhoScored.
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By signing four new attacking players, it only goes to possibly show what the Croatian really thinks about his options in that position – and considering Burke didn’t even manage to start the game then his position must surely be the first under threat.
At times for Celtic last term and during pre-season the 22-year-old played up front so the signing of Austin on top of Kenneth Zohore earlier in the window goes to show that his future can’t lie in leading the line either.
It’s too late for Burke to be shipped out on loan or permanently. Fellow winger Jonathan Leko was sent to Charlton so that may help the Scot marginally but come January his future with the club may well come into question.