Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, has spoken of his responsibilities as a footballer after enduring a tough opening few months at Bramall Lane.
The big striker was a £20m buy for the Blades in the summer. And despite getting off the mark in United’s second home game of the season against Leicester City, McBurnie was quickly in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
A drink driving offence and then some seemingly unprofessional moments in the crowd for Swansea City seemed to highlight McBurnie had some off-field discipline issues.
However, speaking on Sheffield United’s ‘A Day in the Life Of’ series, McBurnie appeared to reveal he has learnt his lesson.
“People have to remember I’m a footballer but I’m also a 23-year-old lad living back at home for the first time since I was 17”, McBurnie said.
“It’s hard sometimes remembering your responsibilities. But it’s all worth it at the end of the day. You have to remember you’re in the public eye and everything you’re seen doing has an effect”.
McBurnie has been in fine form for the Blades of late despite a lack of goals. He’s forged an understanding with Billy Sharp at the top of the pitch and has become a key man for Chris Wilder’s team.
The Scotland international will, then, be hoping to add some goals to those performances when football eventually resumes.
Deserving of more goals and learning his lesson
Oli McBurnie is really just a normal 23-year-old guy, as he touches on. He does, however, appear to have taken advice on board from Chris Wilder and the club. It probably helped that Wilder understood McBurnie’s actions, too. The Blades boss was not harsh on him and almost defended his crowd antics before Christmas.
With that has come an increased performance level from McBurnie. Those performances deserve more goals and there’s little doubt they will come if he continues as is.
The 23-year-old should be able to lead the line for years to come. Supporters at Bramall Lane, then, will be delighted to see he seems to be taking everything on board.