Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder, has thrown his weight behind Oli McBurnie ahead of the clash with West Brom today.
The big striker, a £20m signing from Swansea City last summer, has yet to get off the mark this season despite a number of good chances.
McBurnie cuts a divisive figure among United fans, especially across social media channels. Some appreciate he is working hard for the cause while others are demanding more from a player who cost a hefty sum in terms of Blades spending.
But Wilder, after seeing McBurnie hit the bar last weekend against West Ham, believes his man will come through this tough period.
“He understands, he’s ok. It’s the life and times of a centre-forward in the Premier League”, Wilder said.
McBurnie spurned a golden chance against Fulham a few weeks back while his miss against the Hammers proved crucial as well. But the Blades boss believes the striker wil come out fighting.
“Chances for our forwards were at a premium in the run of games we’ve just had. I thought his header was a good effort but he understands he has to get into those positions. It’s the life and times of a centre-forward. He’s a strong character (as we all are) and we have to roll with the punches.
“He’s a good player and had a decent first season in the Premier League”.
McBurnie scored six times last season. He’s lacking confidence at the moment it seems and has also failed to open his account for Scotland as yet.
McBurnie can do it, no point in getting on his back
There are two sides to the story and everyone is entitled to their opinion so it’s little surprise to see McBurnie getting a bit of stick.
However, he showed at times last season he can do it. He was excellent in games against Brighton, Chelsea, and Spurs, while he also showed he can finish with a number of good efforts in those six strikes.
McBurnie will get there. We need to forget the fee. As Wilder says, £20m is not a massive figure in this day and age, albeit for Sheffield United, it is a good chunk of change.
Hopefully, our big number nine can find his feet this weekend and finally get up and running for the campaign.