Leeds United are targeting young Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie and have had their odds of signing slashed with online bookies, Sky Bet. Who exactly is he though?
Oli McBurnie is a local Leeds lad, born and bred. Up until 2010, he played for the Leeds United youth academy before being released. Almost straight after being released, at the age of just 14, he was signed up by nearby Bradford City where, three years later, he went on to sign his debut professional contract. Coupled with a loan spell away at non-league Chester, he managed 15 competitive appearances for The Bantams before moving down to the Welsh south coast.
Due to not being able to force his way into the Swansea City first team he went out on loan to Barnsley. He featured on 17 occasions for Barnsley in the few months he was there last season and bagged an amazing nine goals in that period. This is more impressive than it seems given he played as a striker in just six of the appearances and a winger in the other 11.
Despite being born and bred in West Yorkshire he qualifies to play for Scotland and made his full Scottish debut playing in a friendly against Costa Rica at just 21 years of age. It’s clear this man has lots of potential and has already shown it off. He’s just what Leeds United need. A goal scorer.
There’s no doubt that Leeds United should sign Oli McBurnie but he has just signed a new contract which is going to make things all the more trickier and expensive.