This is just the thing I don't get.
At 23, Burke has made 2 moves which attracted a fee over 13m.
He has played 25+ gamed in the top flight in Germany, the top flight in Spain regularly and also the top flight in England as well as in the CL with Celtic and is a full international.
Don't tell me he doesn't have any redeeming features because he simply would not have picked up that degree of experience if he didn't show the capacity to be a good player. He may be in need of some love and a home but there is a player there who his shown he can operate at the top level but perhaps is missing consistency.
Meanwhile at 2 years older, 4 inches shorter, and not as quick, Robinson has only managed the 17 games at the top level that we gave him last year and was still not convincing enough to the current management team to avoid being offloaded in the January transfer window.
Whilst I was a little pessimistic about this initially, I don't see Robbo fitting in anymore this year than he did last. I do hear of attributes, which Robinson doesn't provide and which we lack, that come in the shape of Burke. Pace and Power are 2 things we need and I didn't see that from Robbo.
So whilst one may well not become a success I think Chris and Alan have already decided in their heart of hearts that the other has not done enough to show he ever will, with us. Nice lad all the same.
It seems it will be the two wing backs, Burke and then hopefully one more centre back and then another striker...those last two was according to CW.
We'd have (assuming the 3 come in as touted)
GK - Ramsdale, Foderingham, Verrips/ or Moore - one will leave
RWB - Baldock, Bogle
LWB - Stevens, Lowe
CB - Egan, O' Connell, Basham, Robinson, Jagielka, Rodwell
CM - Norwood, Fleck, Berge, Lundstram, Osborn
CF - McBurnie, McGoldrick, Mousset, Sharp, Burke (can play WB too)
That's 23? So 2 more to come in...as I say reckon a striker and centre back.
Technically, I think that anyone born after 1 January 1999 (i.e. U21s) doesn’t count towards the 25 man squad. So, Jayden Bogle (dob July 2000) won’t be counted in our 25.
So, if I’m right, that’s 22 places taken, and therefore, we have potentially three more places available in the squad.
After last years pre season I really thought Robbo would turn out to be a great addition but unfortunately, same with Freeman, he was a victim of our formation doing so well that there was no need to change things around.
He’s not a striker and never will be. The only way I could see him doing well here is if we switched to a 343 or 3421 formation. I actually think that was the tweak we needed to make to be more effective in the final 3rd this season but based on pre season it looks like we’ll be going with the 352 formation and the tweak will be how we apply it.
Shame as he seems like a spot on lad in the videos the clubs release but I just don’t think it will work out for him here so a move is probably best for all parties.
As for Burke there’s obviously a player in there somewhere and he is nowhere near that same risk that Ravel was So I’m very much seeing it as a “let’s see” type of transfer.
Because he obviously have some of the same qualities that JOC and Basham has. I havent watched enough of the others to comment, but we have seen how good Berge is at carriyng the ball.Why are some on here so determined to play players out of position? Burke up front, Cash and Bogle at RCM and now Berge at RCB.
In the prem Berge has won 35 aerial duels and lost 16.Have we also not seen how poor Berge is in the air, especially for a guy of his size?
Wilder said the squad will be better overall than last season but will the first 11? Not seeing any evidence it will so far.
Not looking forward to this move. Seems like he's had several chances with other teams and still hasn't found a home. I think the physical attributes are definitely desirable, but I don't think he has the mental attributes to succeed... I hope I'm wrong.