The ex-Nottingham Forest star making history with Bundesliga new boys

Oliver Burke in action for RB Leipzig

Oliver Burke had started just 13 games for Nottingham Forest before RB Leipzig swooped in last summer.

Oliver Burke in action for RB LeipzigOliver Burke in action for RB Leipzig

One of the big success stories in European football this season has been the rapid rise of RB Leipzig, who confirmed their second place position in the Bundesliga at the weekend in their first year in the German top flight.

Promoted in 2016, Leipzig were Bayern Munich's biggest rival for the title and although eventually fell short, have confirmed a Champions League qualification spot against the odds.

Among a truly international squad there is one link to English football in Scotland international Oliver Burke, who became the most expensive ever Scottish footballer last August when he was bought from Nottingham Forest for £13m.

Burke had started just 13 times for Forest before Leipzig swooped in, although four goals in five Sky Bet Championship games prior to his transfer certainly sweetened the deal.

The winger has settled in well in Germany, too. Admittedly often used from the bench, the Scot has made 24 Bundesliga appearances and at 20-years-old certainly has plenty of time to assert himself.

Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke celebrates scoring their third goalNottingham Forest's Oliver Burke celebrates scoring their third goal

All being well Leipzig will be playing in the Champions League next term - the club is owned by Austrian energy drinks company Red Bull and UEFA are concerned there would be a conflict of interests with Red Bull Salzburg having also qualified - and Burke will get the chance to show off his talents on the biggest of stages.

Forest fans may be left wondering what might have been, but for the player himself he is now well and truly involved in one of the most remarkable rises ever seen in European football.

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