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‘Is that a joke’ – The reaction to new Swansea signing has drastically changed for the better

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Swansea City confirmed the signing of a 19-year-old striker back in 2015.

The Premier League side paraded new recruit Oli McBurnie after agreeing a deal for the player from non-league Chester.

Having scored five goals in the National League, the Welsh team snapped up the striker who had previously played for Bradford in League One.

And after the arrival of the striker was confirmed, the reaction was somewhat underwhelming from the Swans fans.

Signed in the summer, McBurnie did not make a single appearance for the club and was instead loaned out to League Two side Newport County where he scored a hat-trick on his debut in a 3-0 win over Luton Town.

They would be his only goals for the fellow Welsh side, during a month at Rodney Parade.

A second half of the season loan spell at Bristol Rovers would follow, but the goals would not.

In the 2016/17 season, however, after two goals in the EFL Cup win over Peterborough, the then 20-year-old striker made his Premier League debut in the defeat to Leicester City.

Four more appearances would follow in the top-flight but his goals seven goals that season all came in the EFL Trophy for the Swans’ U23 side.

Things were not looking up for the striker having rarely featured, but under Paul Clement, McBurnie got his chance.

A run of 11 games in the Premier League would be his best run with his new side, but he failed to find the back of the net.

Clement was sacked that December with McBurnie heading out on loan to Championship side Barnsley in the January for the rest of the year.

Here is where he had found his level, and the performances were sublime, netting nine goals in 16 appearances for the Tykes.

International recognition followed, making his Scotland debut and paying four times for his country in friendlies, an excellent reward to his purple patch at Oakwell.

With Swansea relegated and the Championship understating McBurnie had, he was entrusted to lead the line this season to get the Welsh side back into the Premier League.

When the 22-year-old has not played, the Swans have struggled in the final third, having scored four goals in his eight Championship appearances this term.

His work-rate, height and physical presence make him a dangerous opponent as well as being quick on his feet and possessing good close control.

He has gone from an outcast to Swansea’s leading man, who has the hopes of the entire club on his shoulders.

The option has changed dramatically since McBurnie’s confirmation three-years ago, from a blasé reaction to now becoming one of the first names on the team sheet.

It is safe to stay the striker has worked incredibly hard to change the perception of him in what is going to be an important season for not only the striker but for Swansea too.

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