Sheffield United finally appointed Slavisa Jokanovic as their new boss yesterday, and it could be a busy summer for the ex-Fulham boss at Bramall Lane.
A consequence of relegation means that the club will have to raise funds from player sales and the Daily Mail have stated that Oli McBurnie is attracting interest from Rangers.
The report claims the Glasgow giants could be willing to pay up to £15m for the Scotland international, who is a boyhood fan of Steven Gerrard’s side.
Having signed McBurnie from Swansea for around £20m, the Blades would be taking a hit on the striker if he did depart. However, here we outline THREE reasons why they should cash in on the 24-year-old if Rangers’ interest results in a firm bid…
It can give Jokanovic funds to strengthen elsewhere
The new boss will want to bring in his own players but the club will also need to balance the books. Sander Berge’s exit feels inevitable but others will need to follow.
If they could get around £15m for McBurnie it would allow Jokanovic to make some moves in the market, and really put his mark on the team, particularly in a market that should benefit buyers.
He has underperformed
As well as that, McBurnie has really struggled in the past year especially.
A six-goal return was decent in his first season, but one in 23 in the previous campaign just wasn’t good enough, whilst he didn’t impress with his all-round performances either.
Of course, given his age and Championship pedigree, many would rightly say he deserves another year, but the reality is that McBurnie is not a key player at Bramall Lane after a disappointing season.
They have other striker options
Following on from that, Jokanovic is inheriting a squad that has a lot of options up top.
David McGoldrick has been their best player this season, whilst they need to persist with Rhian Brewster considering his significant fee. With Billy Sharp and Daniel Jebbison at different stages of their career, there’s a lot of variety for the Blades up top already.
If the boss wants to bring in his own number nine, at least one of those will go, so McBurnie’s exit would make sense.