Noel Whelan has moved to praise Oli McBurnie, admitting that he underestimated the quality of the Swansea City striker.
McBurnie was in-demand during the summer, with Leeds United one club who were reportedly keen to lure the striker out of Swansea.
However, the 22-year-old remained in Wales and agreed a new deal with Swansea.
He has started the 2018/19 campaign in magnificent form, scoring four goals for the Swans, who have made an encouraging start under Graham Potter on their return to the Sky Bet Championship.
Whelan, who works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds covering Leeds, has admitted he underestimated McBurnie as a player, praising the striker’s excellent performance against Leeds.
He told Sporting Life: “When they played Leeds, the two goals that he scored – absolutely fantastically well-taken.
“His overall performances as a striker upfront – big, strong, holds the ball up, wins the ball in the air. He is a player that I kind of underestimated, and he could be a real, real surprise and a great player for Swansea this season.”
McBurnie twice put Swansea into the lead against Leeds, but he couldn’t guide his side to three points, with the Whites battling back on two occasions to secure a 2-2 draw.
However, since then, McBurnie has been back amongst the goals, netting his fourth of the season at Millwall on Saturday.
The Swansea had trailed and were down to 10 men, but Kyle Naughton’s goal pulled Potter’s side level before McBurnie scored the winner in the last 10 minutes.
McBurnie is growing and growing in the Championship, with the striker looking excellent at Swansea this season.
Last year at Barnsley, McBurnie scored goals, but something was missing. However, this season, the striker looks in terrific form, with his game clearly improving under Potter.
Whelan isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, to praise McBurnie’s current form.
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