When Swansea City sold Oliver McBurnie to Sheffield United in 2019 there was undoubtedly a lot of disappointment from fans of the South Wales club but the Scottish striker’s performances since then suggest that the Swans did extremely well to sell him for £20 million.
After an excellent 2018/19 campaign, Sheffield United were extremely keen to sign McBurnie following their promotion back to the top-flight and came in with several bids for the striker, which were rejected.
However, when they upped their bid to £17.5 million, which could rise to £20 million, Swansea’s chairman at the time, Trevor Birch, suggested that the offer was too good to turn down and the player was allowed to make the move to Bramall Lane.
Whilst the former Bradford City man was a regular in Chris Wilder’s side last season that defied expectations, making 36 appearances and scoring six goals, things have not gone to plan for the 24-year-old this year.
McBurnie has made 21 appearances in the top-flight but has just one goal to his name thus far, with the Blades looking nailed on to be relegated back to the Championship.
Given that the striker failed to find the back of the net in 11 top-flight appearances for Swansea in the 2017/18 season, it was always likely to be a risk, with plenty of evidence that McBurnie would struggle to score regularly in the Premier League.
It seems therefore that the Scottish international will be plying his trade in the Championship again next season, where he will be hoping for a repeat of the 2018/19 campaign that saw him hit 22 goals for the Swans.
However, given the excessive fee that Sheffield United paid for him, his return of just seven goals in 63 appearances in all competitions is far from good enough, and Swansea should be delighted that they were able to secure as much as they were able to for McBurnie.
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