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Leeds United target Oli McBurnie faces second relegation in same season

The Scot has been linked with a summer switch to Leeds United.

Mathew Nash

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Leeds United are said to be keen on the summer signing of Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie, according to numerous reports. The Scottish Sun reported that the striker was set to reject a contract extension with the Swans, in order to push through a move to his hometown club.

On paper, it seems a perfect move. He would be an affordable option in a position where Leeds are weak and it seems he is up for it.

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But after the Premier League result from last night, the Scottish striker may find himself having a rather unwanted record from the current campaign.

Swansea City suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against Southampton yesterday, which sees them staring at the barrel in the Premier League survival fight.

McBurnie, who played eight times in the Premier League for Swansea this season, is, therefore, facing relegation this season. For McBurnie, it would be his second relegation of the season.

At the weekend Barnsley suffered the drop from the Championship. Despite the best efforts of the 21-year-old, the Tykes dropped down to League One. McBurnie scored nine goals in the Championship for Paul Heckingbottom’s former team but it was not enough to keep Barnsley in the second-tier.

(during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Southampton at Liberty Stadium on May 8, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Therefore, it looks likely that Leeds could bring in a striker who suffered two relegations in 2017-18.

However, it should not put Leeds off his signature. McBurnie has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season when including his form for the Swansea under-23 side. Leeds are desperately in need of a goalscoring frontman for next season, after failing to replace Chris Wood this season.

So, two relegations or not, McBurnie should be on Leeds’ radar this summer. Perhaps next season it will be a promotion push instead for the young striking talent.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Fulham

One winner, one loser as Fulham face defeat against Tottenham

The Cottagers have suffered two defeats from two so far this season.

Max Cohen

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Fulham endured a losing return to Wembley on Saturday, falling to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a match few expected the Whites to get anything out of, but the newly-promoted club nevertheless played with energy and had the score level at 1-1 for a large portion of the second half.

It was an encouraging display, yet ultimately a pointless result as Fulham slumped to two consecutive defeats.

Here is one winner and one loser from the match, as one Fulham defender rose to the occasion and one of last season’s promotion heroes was dropped to the bench.

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Winner: Maxime Le Marchand

There had been much talk of how Fulham were missing a multitude of central defenders in the run-up to the match, with Denis Odoi suspended and Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson missing through injury.

Yet despite the absence of these centre-backs, Maxime Le Marchand produced an all-action display at the heart of Fulham’s back four. Standing in the way of many Spurs attacks, the Frenchman was quick to snuff out danger and block dangerous shots all match.

It was telling that all three goals came from brilliant pieces of skill from Spurs, and Le Marchand might well have given Slavisa Jokanovic another selection headache when Ream and Mawson are fit again.

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Loser: Kevin McDonald

The holding midfielder lost his place in the team on Saturday, replaced by deadline day signing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

The Cameroonian international had only joined up with the squad this week, and with a limited number of training sessions under his belt, many expected McDonald to be preferred in the starting XI.

Yet to the surprise of some Fulham supporters, Anguissa was immediately thrust into the match from the start and played the full 90 minutes with promise. In flashes, he showed impetus and strength, yet struggled at times to distribute the ball quickly and effectively through the midfield.

McDonald, a stalwart and integral member of last season’s team, will feel hard done by to have lost his starting berth– but that is the nature of the Premier League.

More competition means more uncomfortable decisions, and it is now up to the Scot to convince Jokanovic that he deserves to be Fulham’s first choice defensive midfielder.

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Nottingham Forest

One winner, one loser from Nottingham Forest’s draw with Wigan

Hillal Soudani’s late, late goal handed Forest parity from an entertaining encounter.

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Nottingham Forest struck late in the day to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2018/19 campaign with a dogged 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Youngster Matty Cash cancelled out Nick Powell’s opener inside the first 10 minutes, before Will Grigg scored from the penalty spot to give the home side a slender advantage at the break.

It had looked like the Wigan man’s strike would be the winner, until Reds’ sub Hillal Soudani climbed off the bench to tuck away the rebound from Lewis Grabban’s missed penalty right at the death, handing Forest a share of the spoils.

After an entertaining Championship affair, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from a Nottingham Forest perspective…

Winner – Matty Cash

The Nottingham Forest academy graduate was rewarded for an impressive display against Bury in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening with a place in Aitor Karanka’s starting line-up for the trip to Wigan and he didn’t disappoint.

Cash certainly doesn’t lack confidence and he backed up his manager’s decision to include him in the starting eleven with a neatly taken equalising goal after Forest had fallen behind early doors, whilst the 21-year-old also won the visitors’ their penalty deep into stoppage time at the end of the second-half.

With the Reds now boasting a plethora of talent within their ranks it is vital that any player who is given a chance in the team takes it with aplomb, and Cash certainly didn’t do his chances of retaining his place any harm with this performance.

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Loser – Lewis Grabban

You simply have to feel for Forest’s new £6 million striker. Although his performances in the first four games have demonstrated his ability to work hard and get into the right areas, the bottom line is that he has yet to net for his new club.

When Forest were handed a stoppage time penalty it was Grabban who stepped-up to try and salvage a point for the Reds, yet his spot-kick was met with a strong right hand from Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Perhaps rubbing more salt in the wounds for the Reds’ striker was the fact that it was Hillal Soudani,  one of several players vying for a starting place in Forest’s attack, who pounced to tuck away the rebound following Grabban’s misfortune.

There clearly isn’t a need to panic for the 30-year-old just yet, but there is a real sense that the ex-Bournemouth man missed a real chance to net his first goal for the Reds on Saturday.

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Nottingham Forest fans react to Matty Cash’s display vs Wigan

Karanka handed the 21-year-old a start following his fine performance against Bury.

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Nottingham Forest fought back twice to claim a 2-2 draw away at Wigan Athletic to remain unbeaten in the EFL Championship this season and it was Matty Cash who caught the eye with a fine display.

The 21-year-old scored for the second game running and turned in a particularly eye-catching display after replacing Gil Dias in the starting line-up from the team which beat Reading at the City Ground last weekend.

Cash is fast becoming a real fan favourite on the banks of the River Trent and his all-action display helped earn Forest a share of the spoils from an otherwise disappointing performance at the DW Stadium.

The right-winger cancelled out Nick Powell’s opener after 10 minutes, before showing superb determination to win the Reds a penalty deep into stoppage time at the end of the second period.

Forest fans are sticklers for seeing their own academy products play first-team football for the Reds and Cash is a prime example of a player who has worked hard at becoming consistent in a position that was previously unfamiliar.

With Forest now possessing a high quota of attacking talent it is vital that players take their chances when they come their way and on Saturday’s performance, Cash’s inclusion in the team against Birmingham City next week isn’t open for debate.

The Boot Room took a look at how Forest fans portrayed Cash’s performance following the 2-2 draw in Greater Manchester…

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