McBurnie’s goalscoring statistics are very impressive, scoring 31 goals in 59 Championship appearances, and Sheffield United will have a player who could keep them afloat in the Premier League if he can replicate similar form in the top flight.
At 23, Sheffield United could have a very good striker for the long-term if this deal works out for both parties, with both the club and player desperate to remain the the Premier League beyond this upcoming campaign.
This signing would be a huge blow for the Swans if they don’t reinvest this money straight away, with just a week left before the transfer window shuts on August 8th.
New manager Steve Cooper has had a quiet transfer window in terms of incomings and this sale would add salt to the wound for a Swansea City squad that’s seemingly in decline after their relegation from the Premier League in the 2017/18 season.
It’s vital that the Swans find a replacement for McBurnie quickly, a player of a similar calibre who can score 20+ goals per season if Swansea are to push for a top half finish this season. The Premier League seems like such a long way away at this moment in time.
Here are three strikers Swansea could look to sign with the £20m deal that they’ve agreed for striker McBurnie.
Wells was sent out on loan by Premier League side Burnley last season, with his first team opportunities being very limited at Turf Moor. His destination was QPR, where he formed a good partnership with Tomer Hemed.
The 29-year-old signed for Burnley in 2017 after impressing for Huddersfield Town, where he helped the Terriers to Premier League promotion in a play-off final penalty shootout win over Reading. This £5m move has not worked out for Wells, who has barely featured for the Clarets since he arrived there.
Could the signing of Jay Rodriguez signal the end of Wells’ time in the Premier League? He could benefit from taking a step down once again so he can shine in the Championship and be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Even though Gayle would be an expensive signing, he’s consistently performed well in the Championship. Just one example of this is his loan spell at West Brom last season, where he scored 24 goals for the Baggies in helping them reach the play-offs.
He’s always been seen as someone who’s too good for the Championship yet doesn’t seem to transform this ability in to the top flight, which is a shame for the 27-year-old who’s a very good striker.
A move to Swansea City could be a great move for Gayle, who will be craving to be a key player at his next club. This is something which he currently isn’t at Newcastle. However, he would be the Swans’ key player if he did move to the Liberty Stadium.
Although Scott Hogan has not fulfilled his potential at Aston Villa, a fresh start for the 27-year-old could be exactly what he needs to kick-start his career.
Scoring 14 goals in 25 games for Brentford in the first half of the 2016/17 season earned him this move and could be a game-changer once again if he shows a similar vein of form at a different club.
Hogan, like Nahki Wells, is likely to cost a lot less than the fee they’re getting for McBurnie which will allow Swansea to improve other areas of the pitch as well.
His £12m move from Brentford in January 2017 was a fair reflection on the ability that Hogan had to change games with his goalscoring prowess. However, he never showed the same form in the West Midlands and was loaned out to, coincidently, Sheffield United.