Another game, and another goal for Oli McBurnie, who made it three in three for Sheffield United with a well taken effort at Hull City.
McBurnie showed his newfound confidence to fire low past Matt Ingram in the first half as the big striker continued his resurgence in form. In the absence of Billy Sharp, McBurnie has been the one to step up to the plate and he’s forming quite the partnership with Iliman Ndiaye up front.
And speaking to SUTV live after the game yesterday, former Blades midfielder, Mark Duffy, believes United fans are seeing a completely different version of the McBurnie they’ve seen in recent seasons.
“That’s the Oli McBurnie of old really, probably of Swansea even. When we were playing up against him, we knew if he got an opportunity he’d more than likely take it, cos he had that confidence in himself,” Duffy said on SUTV.
“Although he was doing everything else, hold up play, running the channels, making it difficult, he wasn’t scoring those goals and it always plays on forwards minds. A couple of weeks ago Oli might not have jinked inside and took that shot. He’d have picked the easy option of laying out wide. But now we’re seeing the best of him and he’s dropping the shoulder and scuffing one into the corner!”.
Our View: McBurnie Now The Main Man At United
While the likes of Brewster, Jebbison, Khadra, and eventually a returning Billy Sharp will want their chances in the team, there is no doubt Oli McBurnie is the main striker now at Sheffield United.
Paul Heckingbottom has always challenged the squad to take opportunities and McBurnie has certainly done that. He is now the first choice up top and it will take either an injury or some monumental performances off the bench from other players to displace him.
McBurnie is flying and finally looks like the player he was in that first Premier League season. If he sticks at it, then there’s every chance this Sheffield United team wins promotion.