As reported by throughitalltogether.sbnation.com
Paul Heckingbottom’s original striker target was 22 year old Scotsman Oli McBurnie from Swansea City. The since sacked manager brought him in on loan at Barnsley FC in the January window but ended up leaving in early February. Meanwhile, McBurnie scored nine goals in fifteen Championship matches but these goals could not keep the south Yorkshire side afloat. The Leeds born attacker was reportedly ready and wanting to join the Whites having been born in Leeds with some speculation that he is a supporter. He has now signed a new four-year contract from the relegated Welsh side, eliminating speculation of a move to Elland Road.
Chelsea’s on loan striker Tammy Abraham and McBurnie celebrate the Swans’ victory over Palace. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
As mentioned, McBurnie managed to fire home nine goals in fifteen games for Barnsley from January onward, an impressive feat that earned him four Scotland caps following on from the end of the season. Many of these goals demonstrate how well he would fit into the team at Elland Road, and the many qualities he possesses.
His first Barnsley goal was against Sheffield Wednesday, and what a great goal it was. McBurnie originally has the ball forty yards from goal, he plays a one-two around one player before advancing into the space create. He reaches the 18 yard box where he comes up against a couple of defenders, he swiftly skips the ball through them and then slips the ball across the goalkeeper and