Moore eyes Jan­uary loan deal for Oli

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

OLIVER Burke will be al­lowed to go on loan in Jan­uary if the right club comes in for him.

The 21-year-old is strug­gling for game-time so Al­bion will lis­ten to any of­fers.

Boss Dar­ren Moore would ideally like to keep him on board, but un­der­stands his need for min­utes.

“I’m look­ing at both as­pects,” said the head coach, when asked about a tem­po­rary Jan­uary exit.

“I want him to be ready for us, of course, but we’ll have a look at it. We wanted to put Oli on a train­ing regime where he’s play­ing a vol­ume of games.”

Burke has only played 38 min­utes of Cham­pi­onship foot­ball for the Bag­gies this sea­son and has been re­stricted to out­ings for the Un­der­23s and in the Carabao Cup.

Moore added: “It’s easy to for­get Oli is a young pro and, while he’s got some fan­tas­tic at­tributes, we are de­vel­op­ing him for some ver­sa­tile roles so when we get him back in the team there’s a clear un­der­stand­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant that Oli gets more than bit-parts in games, he needs to get match fit.

“We’ve utilised the Un­der-23s to give him that strength, ro­bust­ness and fit­ness to main­tain over 90 min­utes.

“By play­ing in those you get tougher and he’s get­ting there at the mo­ment. He’s scor­ing goals and we’re keep­ing a close eye on him.”

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