Did Oliver Burke make mistake ignoring Tottenham overtures last summer?

General view of White Hart Lane

The winger has struggled for game time at RB Leipzig, having previously admitted Tottenham Hotspur's interest.

Nottingham Forest's Oliver Burke celebrates scoring their third goal

According to a recent report from the Mirror, Premier League duo Huddersfield Town and Brighton and Hove Albion are both keen to take RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke on loan this summer, after his move to Germany failed to hit the heights he had been hoping for.

This comes eight months after he admitted he had been set to talk to Tottenham Hotspur about a potential move to White Hart Lane, only to opt for a switch to the Bundesliga instead.

"I was going to visit Tottenham," he told the Daily Mail back in October.  "But I said no because Leipzig showed enough care and attention to the little details."

Unfortunately there is one detail they have not managed and that is to give him regular game time, with the 20-year-old winger starting only five league matches all season and being used predominantly as a late substitute.

It is not the start to life in Germany Burke would have been hoping for, and when you consider how the season played out for Tottenham, one wonders if he would have actually got more chances in North London, if he had not been so quick to dismiss the idea of a Spurs move.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

After all, Tottenham needed a new right winger last season and waited until the last minute to complete a deal for Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who has not exactly being pulling up trees.

Had Burke arrived instead, he could have  had chances to impress in the League Cup, the FA Cup and in Europe while also fighting for Premier League minutes.

In what is something of a problem area for Tottenham, the versatile winger could have embraced the absence of Erik Lamela or even stepped in as another striking option after Vincent Janssen failed to replicate his Eredivisie form in England.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but having previously gone on record to dismiss moving to a big club only to be sent out on loan, Tottenham fans would now be forgiven for having a wry smile about Burke's current situation.

Oliver Burke in action for RB Leipzig

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