Former Nottingham Forest man Oliver Burke made a surprise move to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen last week.
Yesterday, he enjoyed a dream debut as his new club defeated Karlshrue in their opening pre-season friendly of the campaign.
Bremen defeated the lower league opposition 2-1 as they begin their preparations for life back in the Bundesliga.
Burke was joined at Bremen by Derby star Lee Buchanan yesterday. The Forest target joined the club on a long-term deal.
For Burke, he’s once again trying to rediscover some confidence and get his career moving in the right direction.
It was arguably the £13 million move to Germany with RB Leipzig that set him on the wrong path.
He was tipped as a future star when Forest sold him amid a backlash from supporters; instead, however, he’s become a journeyman at the age of 25.
In his first stint in the Bundesliga, he hardly played. Burke turned out for Leipzig just 26 times, scoring once and registering two assists.
Since leaving Germany he’s played for Alaves, Celtic, West Brom and Sheffield United with limited success.
Now, he’s back in the Bundesliga and he’s made a cracking start to life at his new club.
Burke move to Werder Bremen is a shock but the early signs are good
Forest fans love to see their own do well once they leave the club. Burke is no exception and plenty monitor his career with intrigue.
Yesterday he starred for his new club. Burke scored both goals during their first win of pre-season with a quick double salvo.
Now, the challenge is clear for the 25-year-old. He simply has to stay fit and he must start to enjoy his football once again.
He spent the second half of last season on loan at Millwall. He scored twice and claimed one assist, with Gary Rowett actually keen to re-sign him this summer.
It’s no surprise he’s chosen a move to Germany though. He has a chance to play top-flight football and he’s been given a great opportunity.
Burke is a likeable character. As a result, Forest fans will hope that Bremen can be the club where he finally catches fire and proves himself once and for all.