The news that Leeds are moving for Kyle Bartley has gone down very well, and the club may well be in discussions for a pair. Swansea are also the owners of in-form and talented Scotland international Oli McBurnie. The on-loan Barnsley striker bagged his 9th since February yesterday before liking the tweet from Phil Hay about Leeds and Bartley.
This wasn’t an isolated like on social media either, he has been keeping his eye on the Leeds United news recently and that’s probably because we are very much in the running for his signature. There are various things in favour of the move and it does seem very likely that Leeds will make the move for McBurnie. The first is simple, Paul Heckingbottom convinced him to join Barnsley so convincing him to join Leeds shouldn’t be a problem. McBurnie is from Leeds, so he would be coming back rather than juts coming, in fact some reports are suggesting he will turn down a new deal at Swansea to join Leeds on a permanent deal this summer. He can score goals at this level, he’s shown that since his move to Barnsley and his ability to pull them out of a bad situation has become a regular occurrence.
Leeds are keen on making Kyle Bartley the first summer signing and it’s fair to say the deal would be the perfect start to such an important transfer window. Bartley is everything we need in a player, he’s a very good defender first and foremost, something we have in thin supply, he already knows the defenders from his spell last season and he is a leader, he would almost certainly take over the armband if he arrived. The fact Leeds have made Bartley the number one target this summer shows that we may be heading in the right direction. I would happily sell three defenders, maybe more to facilitate the move for Bartley. The likes of Vurnon Anita and Liam Cooper haven’t been up to standard this season and even the more reliable players haven’t been performing. Maybe a double deal from Swansea is the tonic needed for the summer.