Rangers have recently been linked with a move for Sheffield United striker Oliver McBurnie ahead of the summer transfer window, but his record in recent seasons suggests that he would not be a good addition to Steven Gerrard’s side at Ibrox.
According to the Daily Mail, the Gers are plotting a summer swoop for the Scotland international, who is expected to leave Bramall Lane following Sheffield United’s relegation to the Championship.
The report suggests that, despite his less than impressive form this season, the Blades value him at £15m, which would mean that Rangers would have to surpass the £12m paid for Tore Andre Flo in 2000, which remains their record transfer fee.
Considering the fee Rangers would need to pay for McBurnie, it seems that he would not be a good addition to Gerrard’s side this summer.
This season has seen the former Swansea City man contribute just one goal in 23 Premier League appearances for the Blades, averaging a less than impressive 6.67 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Although he was much better last season when Sheffield United enjoyed an excellent first campaign back in the Premier League under Chris Wilder, his six goals hardly mark him out as a prolific striker who could oust Alfredo Morelos or Kemar Roofe in Gerrard’s side next term.
Scottish pundit Michael Stewart was less than complimentary about the 24-year-old earlier this season, saying: “For a £20m striker he can’t run, he can’t hold up the ball, he doesn’t link well, he doesn’t shoot. He’s simply not strong enough to play that role.”
The striker’s frustrations also boiled over recently as he was arrested after being filmed during his involvement in a brawl on the street, which suggests that he isn’t the sort of character Gerrard would like to have in his squad at Ibrox.
If the £15m fee is accurate, Rangers could spend their money a lot more wisely this summer, especially in a position where they are already well-stocked, so hopefully Ross Wilson sees sense and decides against signing McBurnie, who could prove to be a disastrous signing.