BBC Radio Sheffield pundit and former Blade, Carl Asaba, has praised Oli McBurnie once again this week.

McBurnie has scored three goals in three games and is very much looking like the Championship striker many thought he’d be when United went down. His goal at Hull City at the weekend helped United to another three points to propel the club back to the top of the table.

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And speaking to the BBC’s Rob Staton this week, former striker Asaba couldn’t praise McBurnie enough.

“Oli McBurnie. Three in three, transformed striker. You know last season much maligned, this season full of energy, constant threat, basically a perfect number nine. I’m just so delighted for him. He’s worked his socks off, great character and he’s a great lad,” Asaba said on the Blades Heaven podcast.

“Last season I was protecting him and justifying him. He doesn’t look like he was just being asked to score goals. He was being asked to protect the ball. Whether that’s a hangover from the Premier League because you keep the ball and if you don’t the opposition score. In the Champ he was keeping it and not looking a threat. He looks determined to score.”

Our View: McBurnie Can’t Do Much Wrong Right Now

Look, McBurnie isn’t going to score every single game but the way he is playing in general will mean those games when he doesn’t get on the scoresheet probably means he’s contributed anyway.

As things stand right now, nobody is taking McBurnie’s place in the starting XI. Heckingbottom challenged his squad to step up and take the shirt and McBurnie has done just that. The likes of Billy Sharp, Rhian Brewster, and Red Khadra face a tough old ask in displacing United’s number nine right now.

If McBurnie can keep this performance level, keep injury free, and keep getting his name on the scoresheet, then the Blades might well find themselves top of the pile come May.

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