Spare a thought for Oskar Burr. The 22-year-old was promoted to the first-team last season and signed a three-year deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers in February. Buur was competing with Matt Doherty for a starting place at right-back, but his future at Molineux is now uncertain.
The signings of Nelson Semedo and Ki-Jana However have pushed Buur down the pecking order, and Birmingham Live say Wolves will now allow the Dane to leave on loan this summer. Brentford, Middlesbrough, Royal Antwerp and FC Volendam are credited with an interest.
What’s gone wrong for Buur?
The 22-year-old joined Wolves from Brabrand IF in 2017 and has gone on to make six appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal with one assist. He’s made two appearances this season but has only amassed 87 minutes of football.
Buur has made it clear that he’d like a loan move away before the transfer window shuts, saying: “I hope the next step for me is to find a club where I can get some regular playing time and gain more experience to improve even more as a footballer. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”
It doesn’t appear he’ll get many opportunities at Wolves with Semedo and Hoever for competition. Luke Matheson is developing in the reserves and may have a bright future than Buur too, so he’s wise to seek a temporary move away.
The 22-year-old has three years remaining on his deal, so he can afford a year away from Molineux to get regular playing time and could still have a future here. If Buur can impress out on loan, Nuno will be paying attention.
He added: “I want to be at a club where I can play regularly at the top level and contribute. It’s been good so far, but now I think the age I am, and where I am in my career, I need to play and I’m looking forward to it.”
Where will he go?
Birmingham Live have cited Brentford, Middlesbrough, Royal Antwerp and FC Volendam, but I believe Buur could be headhunted by a Championship club. The EFL transfer window shuts 11 days after the Premier League’s, so clubs in the Football League have two weeks to strengthen their squads.
It’s more likely a deal will get over the line with added time than with Wolves trying to rush through a move to a European outfit in the coming days. Buur isn’t going to feature heavily under Nuno, so he’s right to seek opportunities elsewhere.
Taking a step down to the Championship could be smart as Buur doesn’t have a lot of top-flight experience.