Transfer Focus: Sheffield United taking a risk when looking at McBurnie

According to reports from The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Sheffield United are interested in bringing in Oliver McBurnie from Swansea City.

The move makes sense as it is in keeping with the club’s policy of signing primarily domestic players. The 22-year-old may flourish under Chris Wilder, but Sheffield United may be taking an unnecessary risk in purchasing him.

New striker

The Blades seemingly want to strengthen their striking department, they have been linked with the likes of Lee Gregory and Gary Madine in recent weeks, and they have now reportedly shown an interest in McBurnie.

Despite the Yorkshire club having David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp leading their line at the moment, they clearly want to bring in reinforcements up front.

If they are to do this though it should be a definite upgrade rather than continually attempting to take punts on Championship strikers who may or may not step up in the top division.

Taking a risk

Although McBurnie has proved himself over the last two seasons to be one of the most potent strikers in the second division, the Blades would be taking a risk when looking to sign him.

Multiple strikers who have been prolific in the Championship have flopped in the top flight. Tammy Abraham has consistently been one of the best forwards in the division during his loan spells with Bristol City and Aston Villa, but he netted just five times when on loan at Swansea in the Premier League.

If the Yorkshire club are to look to sign a striker, they must make sure it’s a huge upgrade on what they already have, and McBurnie may not be that.

Billy Sharp outscored the 22-year-old this season, whilst David McGoldrick won the club’s Player of the Year award.

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Wilder should be looking towards a more established top-flight goalscorer for the Blades’ first term  back in the top flight, rather than scouring the Championship for untapped talent which may backfire if they are relegated back to the Championship.