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Leeds United target Oli McBurnie faces second relegation in same season

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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.

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.

(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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. Everton fan for my sins.

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