'It's not just him': George Baldock rallies behind Oli McBurnie after Sheffield United blank
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'It's not just him': George Baldock rallies behind Oli McBurnie after Sheffield United blank

Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, has been given the backing of teammate George Baldock following another blank today.

United once again failed to score as West Ham took all three points away from Bramall Lane thanks to a Sebastien Haller rocket.

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Scotland striker McBurnie, who has yet to score this term, has come in for some criticism both at international and club level, and once again missed a golden chance to level, hitting the bar in the second half.

As expected, social media is awash with comments having a dig at McBurnie but Baldock, who was speaking following the game, was having none of it.


“It’s not just him. I feel like Oli gets a lot of unfair criticism,” Baldock said.

“I see him day in and day out and how hard he works, how he is and what a great lad he is around the boys. He’s such a great team player. You can’t just put all the blame on Oli.”

Baldock was in a defiant mood in his interview. The right-back insisted that United had done enough to get something from the game, while he also launched a staunched defence of his manager, Chris Wilder.

Sticking together…but the goals need to come soon

Nobody has backed and supported Oli McBurnie more than I have on here and on social media platforms.

The big striker works hard, wins headers, puts himself about and, as Baldock says, just seems like a good guy to have around the place.

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But the problem is that the goals have now dried up. And as a £20m striker, you’re wide open to critics and harsh opinions coming your way. McBurnie will know better than anyone he should be doing better.

His chance today was a golden one but worryingly, you never felt like he was going to tuck it away. Confidence is obviously a big issue with McBurnie and he needs to get it back ASAP.

I’m sticking with him for now. But I fully understand where some of the negative comments are coming from.

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