Don't worry about how West Brom fans see Oli Burke - Trust Chris Wilder's judgement and remember how other Sheffield United players were waved off by their old clubs

Immediately after Sheffield United announced their latest signing on social media with the now-obligatory, well-crafted social media video package, their Twitter account was flooded with dozens of replies.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 4:50 pm
Oliver Burke signs for Sheffield United: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Unusually for a new signing, though, most of the fans sounding off into the ether through their keyboards were those of the selling club, rather than the buying one.

Trawling through the replies to gauge opinion became an exercise in dodging vulgar tweets about both Oliver Burke's character and capabilities, from fans of West Bromwich Albion who are seemingly delighted to see the back of him.

It's probably beyond debate that the Scottish international lost his way during his time in the West Midlands, after being brought back from Germany and RB Leipzig in a deal thought to be worth around £15m. Two league starts and two further loan spells at Celtic and Alaves later, Burke will look forward to beginning a new chapter in his story after linking up with Chris Wilder and Co. in South Yorkshire.

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Personally, I would trust the opinion of Wilder and his staff over any football fan when it comes to assessing the ability of a potential signing and it's worth sparing a thought for the Brentford fans who were delighted when United paid £4m for John Egan.

One likened Egan's sale to Brentford signing a new player, while others were entirely nonplussed. Another couldn't believe Brentford had got as much as £4m for their captain.

Just over two years, after winning promotion with the Blades and helping them to a top-half finish in the Premier League, Egan's value is probably 10 times what United paid. John Fleck was another player that Coventry City fans did not seem particularly gutted to lose, while few Bury supporters would have predicted Leon Clarke would make a Premier League debut before leaving the Blades.

Only time will tell whether his time in South Yorkshire proves as successful as that of Egan, Fleck and even Clarke. But for a player that has commanded fees of around £30m by the age of 23, it would be foolish to write Burke off already - no matter what any Baggies fan may think.

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