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Leeds United Keen To Land This 21 Y/O Scottish Attacker: Perfect Fit For Heckingbottom?

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Prasoon Sur
Prasoon is a law student who lives in the North East of India. Wildly innovative, football is more than a passion for him.

Transfer Speculation

As per one of the latest reports by Yorkshire Evening Post, Swansea City’s attacker, Oliver McBurnie, is perceived to be in the wish-list of Leeds United for the summer transfer window. However, McBurnie has publicly stated his desire to move to Scottish Premiership outfit, Rangers, and it would be intriguing to see whether the Gers move for him in the summer or not.

Fact File & Season So Far

McBurnie emerged through the youth ranks of Bradford City and was eventually promoted to their senior side after he showed a lot of calibres. However, he couldn’t cement his place in the senior side of the Bantams and got shipped out on loan to Chester twice before making a permanent move to Swansea City in the summer of 2015.

After moving to the Liberty Stadium, Newport County and Bristol Rovers lured him to their ranks on loan but his outings failed to garner anything substantial for him. He is currently plying his trade for Barnsley in the Championship and has managed to plunder 6 goals in 9 appearances so far this campaign. His form up front has managed to attract the apparent interest from Leeds United.

Attributes

McBurnie is unarguably a very talented youngster with lots of potentials. He is capable enough to ply his trade as a striker, winger as well as a left-sided midfielder. He has been one of the few bright sparks in the ranks of Jose Morais’ side which has been in a stuttering form in the English second division this season. He offers raw pace and the manner in which he cuts inside from the wings to test opposition’s goalkeeper has been exemplary.

He is mobile, constantly tries to breach past opposition’s defence and holds the ball meticulously in the final third. Besides, he has the tendency to create chances for his teammates as well. By no means, he is a finished product but if he gets due care, he could be a lethal offensive weapon for any side in the near future.

Why Should Leeds United Sign Him?

Paul Heckingbottom is expected to beef up the quality of his attack in the summer and the 21-year-old would be an astute addition. On plenty of occasions this season, the offensive players of the Peacocks have flattered to deceive and have appeared to be timorous as well. If McBurnie is lured to the Elland Road, he would not only increase the competition for a place in Heckingbottom’s starting line-up but will also enhance the quality of his side.

 

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