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Oli McBurnie shares the 'one and two percent' improvements he's made
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Oli McBurnie shares the 'one and two percent' improvements he's made

Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has been sharing some of the secrets to his success this season.

The big number nine netted 15 times to equal Iliman Ndiaye’s total and fire the Blades to promotion back to the Premier League. It’s been McBurnie’s best season since he signed for £20m when United were promoted under Chris Wilder.

His form was a huge bonus for the Blades. McBurnie had previously gone some 40 games without a league goal until he fired in against Luton way back in August.

And it seems that McBurnie’s form hasn’t happened by chance, with the striker taking time to make changes off the field to help him.

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Oli McBurnie admits to making big off-field changes

Speaking to the Sheffield Star during the end of season promotion party, McBurnie spoke openly about what he’d done at home to help him improve.

“I did all sorts. Took my gym a lot more seriously, whether prehab or the proper stuff, and injury prevention. Little one or two per cent things. I got a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in my house, red light therapy and a sauna and ice bath,” McBurnie said.

“Things I’ve never touched before and that I would have laughed at. But when I’ve done them, and felt the benefits, it never harms you.”

Certainly, the Blades have reaped the rewards of McBurnie’s extra efforts. And heading into what could be a gruelling Premier League campaign, United will need the very best version of McBurnie.

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We’ve said it before on here but Oli Mac will always be a player who splits the fanbase. Some love him. Some simply don’t see him as the number nine we need.

However, you cannot doubt his effort and dedication this season. He’s returned from injury to be brilliant. Leading the line with Iliman Ndiaye, McBurnie’s form – both in front of goal and defensively – has been a massive help.

He is more than worth keeping for next season’s Premier League effort. There’s a lot to be said for players who buy fully into the ethos of the club and McBurnie is one of those players.

He deserves his chance back in the big time. And if he can keep fit, keep improving, and contribute like he has this year, then McBurnie will be a more than useful player in the top flight for the Blades.

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