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22 Y/O Scottish Striker Happy To Stay Back At Liberty Stadium: Huge Boost For Swansea City?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

After crashing out of the Premier League last season, Swansea City have given the responsibility of taking them back up to English manager Graham Potter this summer. The manager is already busy trying to steal some top quality stars from around the country and bring them to Liberty, but he is also in danger of losing a number of his first-team starts to top-flight clubs in this transfer window. However, one such player, who now seems to be happy at Swansea is young Oliver McBurnie.

Born and brought up in Leeds, McBurnie started his youth career at the Leeds United academy but moved to Bradford as a teenager in 2010. He broke into the first team at Valley Parade in 2013 but only made a name for himself in a couple of loan stints with Chester.

He moved to Swansea City in 2015 and spent the first season out on loan at two different clubs. He showed enough promise to retain a place at the Liberty and made five league starts the season before the last. The 22-year old was expected to make an impact on the first team last season but after 11 top-flight appearances in the first half of the season, he was sent out on loan to Barnsley.

The Scottish youngster was given a chance to impress and he did so immediately, as he registered nine goals in 16 Championship starts and Potter will hope that he can replicate his magic for his parent club in the same competition this season.

McBurnie broke into the Scottish national side just last year and has already made three appearances for his country. He could be tempted to move back to Glasgow, especially with his boyhood club Rangers linked with a move for him this summer. However, McBurnie has now revealed that he is happy at the Welsh club and that he is not looking to quit anytime soon.

Steven Gerrard, the new boss at Ibrox, has reshuffled his squad to try and compete with  Celtic for the league title next season and McBurnie would have been an exciting addition but the young forward has signed a contract extension with Swansea City just last week, leaving Rangers stranded.

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The Gers were interested in him ever since they appointed Gerrard but McBurnie only grew in stature and is now happy to fight for a place in the first team under Potter. However, with the Scottish striker having his heart set at Swansea, it seems Gerrard has missed his chance to sign the Scottish prodigy, at least this summer.

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