Leeds United have been heavily linked with a move for Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie this summer. The Scottish Sun reported today that the striker, who is from Leeds, will turn down a contract extension at the Liberty Stadium this summer. In doing so, he will be pushing for a move to his boyhood club as a free agent.
Leeds are also being linked with a striker from League One. Peterborough United, managed by former Leeds boss Steve Evans, will be fighting to keep hold of their star striker Jack Marriott this summer if they do not get promoted to the Championship.
According to the Daily Mail, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday all want the Posh striker this summer, who is valued at £5 million.
Getting both players would be an absolute dream for Leeds United fans.
Firstly, there are the goals. McBurnie has been in fine form this season. He has scored eight goals in 13 games for Barnsley since joining the club on loan under current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom in January. Add that to his time with Swansea’s under-23s and first team this season, McBurnie has an impressive record of 18 goals in 32 games this season.
Marriott is the top-scorer in the Football League, with 32 goals from 54 games. A combined tally of 50 goals from 86 matches is certainly a record to get excited about.
Then there is the dream of Leeds fielding a traditional strikeforce again. It would certainly be a throwback to see the 6ft 2ins big man in McBurnie with the 5ft 8ins Marriott buzzing around him.
The fact that both are Yorkshire lads will also be a big draw to Leeds fans, with McBurnie from the city and Marriott from the East Riding town of Beverley – even if he did move to Northampton at a young age.
But two British goalscoring strikers leading the line at Leeds again would be a fantastic sight for fans at Elland Road and something to really get behind.
However, with Victor Orta in charge of recruitment, not many Leeds fans will believe such an eventuality is genuinely possible.