There is little doubt that the signature of Oliver McBurnie will be on the top of many Championship clubs summer transfer lists this year, and Leeds seem to be at the head of the queue according to various reports.
The news started over a month ago, with Paul Heckingbottom linked with a player he signed in January at Barnsley and didn’t get to see play once, his short move north to Leeds meant McBurnie was left to play his debut under a caretaker, a debut which he scored in and he hasn’t failed to find the net in many games since, bagging a host of goals to keep Barnsley’s chances of survival up. He was also capped for the senior Scottish side last month, and will almost certainly be involved going forward due to form.
Interestingly McBurnie was actually linked under Garry Monk, and the story was based on the fact that McBurnie is actually from Leeds. The striker is now reportedly keen on a move to his hometown club, and some reports have even gone as far as to say that McBurnie wants a permanent move and will reject a new deal at Swansea City in favour of the Leeds move. The Scottish Sun originally reported the recent link, with the Daily Mail and Football Insider also publishing similar articles, some freelance journalists have stated a deal is on the cards as well, strong links so early.
McBurnie (21) is without doubt a quality player, his stats in his spell in the Championship now back up the potential everyone knew he had and if not Leeds, someone will be getting a quality striker. He was involved with Swansea earlier this season, starting a few games for the first-team but he needs to be playing weekly, and Leeds could well be that move for him, he’s better than all of our options, let’s just hope he doesn’t show it in a few days in the red of Barnsley at Elland Road.