Swansea City have enjoyed a steady first year back in the Championship under Graham Potter, with the Welsh outfit never really threatening the promotion places but also staying well clear of a relegation fight.
That’s a worry for all clubs dropping out of the Premier League, with Sunderland slipping to back-to-back relegations recently.
One of the key reasons for Swansea’s steady place in the middle of the Championship is Oli McBurnie, who has been excellent for Potter this term. In 37 appearances, the 22-year-old has been involved in 21 goals, scoring 17 and assisting a further four.
McBurnie’s form would warrant a move to a club challenging higher in the Championship, whilst he’s surely done himself a favour of climbing back into the Premier League later in his career.
However, it doesn’t appear that he’s plotting a route out of the Liberty Stadium just yet, explaining to the Daily Record just how important this season has been for him.
“This is my first year being No.9 at Swansea and being the main man so it was an important year for me,” he stated.
“It’s almost my first year starting the full season playing first-team football. It’s been exciting, it’s been a challenge, it’s been tough but I have really enjoyed it and I think I have come on so much as a player.”
In turn, the form of McBurnie has opened the door for him at international level, with the striker firmly in Scotland’s plans moving forward. He’s picked up three Scotland caps over the course of the 2018/19 campaign, admitting that playing regularly for his club has helped that.
“It’s always been the message from this gaffer (Alex McLeish) – the ones that are doing it for their clubs are going to get a chance,” he told the Daily Record.
“That’s what you have got to keep doing, play as much as you can and do as well as you can for your club and hopefully it comes out into your international form.”
McBurnie is an honest player who has been rewarded with plenty of goals this season, and reading between the lines in his interview, playing regularly for Swansea is setting him up nicely at this stage of his career.
Mid-table in the Championship isn’t going to be where he wants to be forever, but making a move too soon in his career could seriously hamper his development and even knock him out of the picture on the international stage.
Swansea need to progress after this steady season, but it sounds like McBurnie is committed to helping them do that as he looks to carve his own path in the game and establish himself further on the international scene for Scotland.