Sheffield United’s search for a new striker is now more pressing following injury to Oli McBurnie.
McBurnie has withdrawn from the Scotland squad for Friday’s Nations League match with Israel. The Scottish FA did not reveal the reason why, but Yorkshire Live reports the 24-year-old is injured.
McBurnie has not played any part in the Blades’ pre-season friendlies so far, after joining up late with the squad. The Scot may now not feature at all for them before their Premier League opener with Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 14.
Even then, the extent of McBurnie’s injury is not yet known. Therefore it’s also unclear when the forward could be available again.
According to the Yorkshire Post, this makes the club’s search for support in attack even more important. A new striker is one of four players manager Chris Wilder wants to sign before the deadline on October 16.
A wing-back and a central midfielder are also on the wish list, having only signed goalkeepers so far this summer. Aaron Ramsdale arrived in an £18.5m deal from Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Wes Foderingham was signed on a free transfer from Rangers.
Despite his desire to bolster his squad, Wilder has so far been left frustrated in the market since the arrival of the two stoppers.
Who could join after McBurnie injury?
Several names have been linked with a move to Bramall Lane in recent times, although as yet nothing concrete has emerged.
United have shown interest in Ollie Watkins, but look set to be priced out of a deal for the Brentford star. Watkins scored 26 goals in the Championship last season and as a result, Aston Villa are prepared to pay £25m for him. They will also offer the 24-year-old £70,000-a-week.
Darwin Nunez is another likely to go elsewhere, with an £18m switch to Benfica seemingly imminent.
As things stand, the most realistic prospect appears to be Rhian Brewster. The 20-year-old has been linked with both a loan and permanent switch to South Yorkshire.