The Scottish Sun are reporting that Swansea City striker, Oli McBurnie is set to turn down a new deal in the Summer in favour of joining Championship side Leeds United.
The 21 year-old is attracting plenty of interest after banging in 8 goals in just 13 appearances for Barnsley since joining on loan in January.
The Scottish Sun believe that Carlos Carvalhal wants to keep him for next season, but it looks like McBurnie would prefer a move that will provide regular first-team football, with a move to hometown Leeds the reported destination in the Summer.
We asked Barnsley FC fans for their views on the Scot, and it’s no surprise to see them raving about his performances. They might well have been clear of the dropzone by now had the two clubs managed to make the loan deal happen last Summer, a failure in paperwork that left the player devastated.
“He is an instinctive goal scorer. Gets himself into good positions and knows where the back of the net is. He also sees a pass but does get it wrong on occasion but don’t they all. We would love to be able to either buy him or have another year out of him on loan but he has caught the eye of a dozen clubs who are all suggesting a bid for him in the summer, Leeds apparently top of the list though Rangers and others have been mentioned. “
“Is he Premier League standard right now, I can’t say but he will be a great addition to any Championship side.” – Barnsley fan
Another fan pointed out that he has been played on the left wing, but does drift inside to get into goalscoring positions:
“Morais plays McBurnie almost as a left wing back covering our weak left back but he does drift into the six yard area to score goals. We would have been down now without his goals.”
It’ll be a big blow for us if we can’t hold on to him. He’s proven that he can quickly arrive at a Championship club, despite lacking match fitness, and score goals regularly. That itself is worth a good, few million quid in a transfer fee at the very least, but that’ll be cut down as he currently only has a year left on his current contract.
With that in mind, if he does turn down a new deal this Summer, the Swans will most likely want to sell him to avoid losing him for nothing in 2019.
An ideal situation for us would be for him to sign a new contract and he heads back out for a season-long loan next year, but that looks unlikely. You couldn’t blame him either for moving on, he wasn’t given a fair chance this season and was only given 5 or 10 minutes here and there from the bench.
This season he made 11 appearances, with 1 assist, but those 11 games consisted of just 269 minutes game time, an average of just 24 minutes per game and only 2 starts.
Ollie McBurnie in the Championship in 2017/18:
16 shots on-target
17 tackles won
18 chances created
23 successful take-ons
32 aerial duels won
33% conversion rate
67% shot accuracy
76.3% pass accuracy
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Players Out of Contract This Summer (4)
- Ki Sung Yueng
- Leon Britton
- Angel Rangel
- Kenji Gorre
Players Out of Contract In June 2019 (12)
- Oli McBurnie
- Wilfried Bony
- Leroy Fer
- Lukasz Fabianski
- Martin Olsson
- Luciano Narsingh
- Wayne Routledge
- Mike van der Hoorn
- Connor Roberts
- Jordi Amat
- Matt Grimes
- Ryan Blair