Sheffield United are said to be rivalling Brighton to the potential signing of Swansea forward, Oli McBurnie according to The Sun (19th May, page 63).
In this week’s Football League World Six-Pointer, Jacob Potter answers six questions that might be on Sheffield United fans’ minds over this latest transfer rumour.
1) How good has McBurnie been this season for Swansea?
“His statistics speak for themselves.
“McBurnie scored 22 league goals for Swansea, and he was their main outlet for goals this season, and without him they wouldn’t have finished as high as they did.
“Alongside Daniel James, McBurnie has been their best player this season, by some distance.”
2) Is he worth the £12m fee being quoted?
“In today’s market, he’s definitely worth that.
“It’s easy to forget that McBurnie is still only 22-years-old and his goalscoring record is impressive in the early stages of his professional career.
“You have to play for quality if you want the best players, and McBurnie certainly falls into that category.”
3) Would he start ahead of Billy Sharp?
“I think he’d start alongside him.
“Sharp is deserving of starts in the Premier League, as he has played a crucial role in firing them back into the top-flight this season.
“If you had McBurnie up-front with Sharp, the pair could form a terrifying partnership that would cause opposition defences all sorts of problems.”
4) What does this mean for David McGoldrick?
“He’s surely set for a place on the substitutes’ bench.
“There’s absolutely no chance that Chris Wilder will play three strikers in the Premier League, and McGoldrick won’t get in the side ahead of McBurnie and Billy Sharp.
“He could be tempted to potentially move elsewhere out on loan if McBurnie was to arrive to find regular game time.”
5) Is he capable of making the step up to the Premier League?
“He’s ready made for the Premier League.
“McBurnie shows the eye for goal that some experienced Premier League strikers currently do in the top-flight.
“At the age of 22, he’s an exciting prospect, but has been scoring goals for fun in the last few seasons, and he’s certainly not short of confidence which can only be a positive for Sheffield United if they were to sign him in the summer.”
6) How should Sheffield United fans feel about this potential deal?
“They should definitely be excited by this.
“McBurnie might not be experienced in the Premier League, but sometimes you have to take a gamble on a younger striker who has been scoring goals regularly in recent seasons.
“If Wilder can get the best out of him, then it could be one of the best signings they’ve made in years.”