This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has a decision to make as he prepares his squad for the Championship kick-off, after Premier League newcomers Sheffield United came-back with an improved bid for striker Oli McBurnie, it is reported on BBC Sport.
So should Swansea look to move McBurnie on for that sort of sum of money?
“Not if they have any ambition of winning promotion.
“Swansea were incredibly reliant on the Scotsman last season where he scored 22 goals. The next highest scorer for the Welsh side had just five.
“When you also consider that they lost star man Daniel James, they are already going to be lacking creativity in the final third, so it’s a major problem.
“Realistically, £20m is a fair price for McBurnie but he is integral to this team right now and it’s highly unlikely Steve Cooper will be given enough of funds to reinvest. I expect this deal to go through but from a football perspective it’s the wrong move from Swansea who are losing a hugely influential player.”
“It’ll be tempting.
“That is good money and for Swansea not something they can easily turn their noses up at.
“Could they get a good enough replacement in, though? That is where I have my doubts at this late stage.
“For me, Swansea have a play-off chance thanks to McBurnie, let him go and that goes with him, as well as a sign of the owners perhaps not having much ambition for the new campaign.
“It’s one that needs to be thought about very carefully indeed.”
“I personally think that Swansea should look to cut their losses and take £20m for McBurnie – it’s an awful lot of money for a player in the second tier.
“He had a fantastic season last time out, scoring plenty of goals for a team that somewhat struggled to get out of first gear throughout the campaign.
“As this transfer saga goes on, you would expect McBurnie’s head to be turned at Premier League interest, and if they sell now, they could easily find a replacement.
“£20m will get you a very good player at this level.”