MARK McGhee has expressed his disappointment that Oliver Burke has departed Germany after little over a season with RB Leipzig.

However, the Scotland assistant remains confident the 20-year-old, who has joined Wes Bromwich Albion in a £15 million move, can be an important player for his country in the future.

Burke failed to establish himself as a first team regular in the Bundesliga after moving for a Scottish record £13 million fee last year and has returned to England.

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McGhee, who spent a season with Hamburg during his own career, feels the former Nottingham Forest kid needs to play regularly to fulfil his potential and is hopeful he can develop further at the Hawthorns.

“It’s really disappointing that things didn’t work out for him in Germany, but he’s moved to a fantastic league and an established club,” he said.

“We think he’s a tremendous talent, but he needs to play games and find a way of playing and find his game.

“At the moment his potential is huge. He has power and size and crossing ability and can score goals. But he has to find his place in a team and he can only do that by playing games.

“We need to be patient with him and not write him off this year. He has to learn to be part of a team.”

McGhee added: “He’s still raw even though he’s been in Germany. I hope the German way has rubbed off on him.

“When he went away with the under 20s in the summer and was outstanding. He was made captain and he played and behaved like a captain.”