Oli McBurnie is among the Sheffield United players that Paul Heckingbottom has put to the board when it comes to getting a new contract.
The £20m signing from Swansea has finally caught fire this season. Along with Iliman Ndiaye, he has nine goals and looks to have rediscovered the form which saw him impress both for the Swans and with United in the Premier League initially.
However, as things stand, McBurnie’s contract runs out in the summer of 2023. He is among more than ten first-teamers at Bramall Lane looking for fresh terms. McBurnie, along with Ollie Norwood and Iliman Ndiaye, are seen as the key players in that list.
McBurnie may have contract option
According to Yorkshire Live, there might not be as big a rush as anticipated with McBurnie. In a report looking at all things United, Yorkshire Live hints that McBurnie could well have a 12 months option in his contract. That option would sit with the club.
It’s claimed that Heckingbottom’s comments on McBurnie ‘having his own situation’ and the fact Stephen Bettis has previously suggested most players have that option, means United’s number nine might be safe for now.
Of course, that doesn’t mean he McBurnie doesn’t need or warrant a new contract right now. His goals, performances, and the fact we paid so much for him, command he gets fresh terms.
United are expected to press on with contract talks after the World Cup. McBurnie, after admitting he’d love to stay, will surely be near top of the list.
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It says this in Yorkshire Live’s report but a lot will depend on what division United end up in. It makes contract talks tricky, and you’d imagine anyone signing after Christmas might have some sort of wage boost written in if we do win promotion.
For Oli McBurnie, a new contract is key. Both for him and United. He is settled at the club. Off the field, he seems happier than ever. And that is transcending onto the field as well.
Along with Iliman Ndiaye, getting McBurnie tied down is essential for the Blades. Those two can lead the line at Championship and Premier League level. If both do sign, then United fans will probably forgo any new arrivals in January.