Nottingham Forest fans react on Twitter to stunning Burke Bundesliga debut
By Joe Nelson
Oliver Burke has sent Twitter into a frenzy after scoring just five minutes into his full Bundesliga debut for Red Bull Leipzig.
The 19-year-old made the switch from Nottingham Forest in the closing days of the summer transfer market after being courted by some of Europe’s biggest names.
However, it seems that he has made a comfortable switch to life in Germany as he put RB Leipzig 1-0 up away to FC Koln on Sunday.
His goal came in the fifth minute as Marcel Sabitzer slid him through on goal, where he kept his composure and drove his shot low past the onrushing Timo Horn in goal.
Koln did however manage to rally and equalise through Yuya Osako, as the match finished level at 1-1, but the headlines will certainly go to Burke.
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The result leaves Leipzig seventh in the table on nine points, with their next game coming at home to FC Augsburg on September 30th.
Burke’s only previous appearance for Leipzig came as a substitute appearance against Borussia Dortmund, but he was handed a place from the start today by manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and it appears that the decision to start him has paid off immediately.
He becomes the first Scottish player to score in the Bundesliga since Brian O’Neill on November 27th 1999.
It did not take long for Forest fans to get to their keyboards to express both their heartache and joy for their former starlet.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Oliver Burke I still love you you majestic beast
— Mase (@MaseySam) September 25, 2016
Very pleased for Oliver Burke
— Shaun G (@shaunrg1985) September 25, 2016
Oliver Burke goals in the Bundesliga, like daggers through my heart.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) September 25, 2016
Oliver Burke just scored for Leipzig well done lad
— David McAlpine (@davidmcalpine1) September 25, 2016
— Steve Brown (@MaidenheadRed) September 25, 2016
Where were you when Oliver Burke scored his first bundesliga goal?
— Eck's gon give it to ya (@vitrioleck) September 25, 2016
Why did no English teams snap up Oliver Burke??? Do these clubs not know a proper player when they see one?? He will become great!!
— Chris Gibbon (@Chrisgibbon1989) September 25, 2016
It was believed that Burke would join Bayern Munich after an extensive scouting session on the youngster’s early season progress, but he favoured a move to Leipzig in a deal worth £13million.
Burke, already a full Scotland international, had begun the season for Forest in sensational style, scoring four goals in Forest’s opening five Championship matches before making the switch to the Bundesliga.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Henri Lansbury has slammed the officials after the Reds’ loss to Sheffield Wednesday.