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The Scottish wonderkid who is set to lead them back to success

Wednesday 9th November 2016
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that Scotland's recent performances in International Competitions has been abysmal, with Euro 2016 being the 9th successive major tournament they have failed to qualify for, having to watch every other nation from Britain compete.

They visit Wembley on Friday evening to face England, who although disappointed with an awful campaign at Euro 2016, at least qualified. Many Scotland fans are expecting defeat, and it is understandable, with so much negativity around the national side in recent years and a manager who seems to have burned out all enthusiasm and ideas for the way they play in Gordon Strachan.

There have been some flickers of hope for Scotland though, the impressive form of Leigh Griffiths over the past two seasons has been uplifting, and Robert Snodgrass has returned from his ankle injury early, taking the Premier League by storm so far with another instrumental performance to earn Hull a win against Southampton on Sunday. The consistency of Darren Fletcher and James Mcarthur in the top tier of English Football has also elevated the mood amongst Scotland fans, however, nothing fills the loyal Scots with excitement like the potential of Oliver Burke.

He was signed from Nottingham Forest in the Summer for a fee of £13 million by RB Leipzig, a team who formed just 7 years ago and now heroically sit joint-top of the Bundesliga – level on points with Bayern Munich. It is widely expected that the German outfit has a very promising future in world football, no team has been level with Bayern Munich after 10 games in the last 10 years, especially not in their first season in the top flight of German football.

The price Leipzig paid for a relatively unknown 18-year old Scottish youth player raised a few eyebrows to say the least, however, Burke silenced his doubters with a terrific performance in his very first game, notching an assist and scoring one a week later. Since his memorable opening two games he has gone from strength to strength in Germany, firmly cementing himself on the right side of the Bundesliga hopeful's attack.

He has recently been described as ‘Scotland's Gareth Bale', and it isn't hard to see why the general footballing world rate him so highly and are drawing comparisons between himself and the Welsh Galactico. Standing at a towering 6”2, he possesses lightning quick pace and great strength, with an impressive first touch and a venomous shot from long range – sound familiar? These are the qualities which earned Gareth Bale a well-deserved move to Real Madrid after dominating the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur.

The future looks bright for Oliver Burke, with his emergence into the National side in recent months and his brave move to RB Leipzig paying off, the only way is up for the young Scot. He is showing confidence and optimism already at such an early stage in his career, admitting he has ‘one eye on the Bundesliga title'. Definitely a danger man and a player to keep your eye on when England face Scotland on Friday.
Jack Read
Opinionated Football fan from Manchester. Venting my frustrations via means of Writing online.

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