Oli McBurnie continues to graft away in a Sheffield United shirt, despite being one of a number of players who can split fan opinion.
A huge aerial threat, often underrated on the floor, and clearly someone who cares for the club, McBurnie probably gets more stick than he actually deserves at times.
Sure, six goals last season and just the one this term are hardly mindblowing statistics. But it’s not been through a lack of trying for McBurnie, and his defensive work is another factor that often goes unnoticed in his performances.
But with United heading into the Championship, and Swansea one of a number of clubs on course to go the other way, could The Swans actually look to take McBurnie back to Wales?
It’s certainly not the most ridiculous thought to enter my head.
Oli McBurnie and Swansea share a close bond
It’s no secret that McBurnie loves Swansea City. Prior to lockdown and covid, he was a regular in the away end. Of course, it wasn’t always to the taste of everyone. Simon Jordan branded McBurnie a ‘moron’ for his actions last year, although he did support off the likes of Gary Neville.
As a football team, Swansea are currently just a point off the automatic promotion places in the Championship. Crucially, however, they have two games in hand, which could give them a nice cushion if they win both.
Interestingly though, Swansea are the lowest scorers inside the top six, with just 37 goals registered. In comparison, Brentford, currently in 2nd, have 56.
It’s quite clear, then, that the Swans would need to add to the forward line if they went up, which begs the question of if McBurnie would interest them.
Swansea didn’t want to sell McBurnie in the first place. And with the Blades set to go down, it could very much be roles reversed between the two clubs heading into this summer.
Of course, United would be within their rights to demand their money back, if not a bit more for the Scotland striker.
In an ideal world, Sheffield United head into the next campaign with a Rhian Brewster and Oli McBurnie partnership. But should Swansa win promotion, it would be interesting to see if they did indeed fancy bringing back a huge fan favourite back to the Liberty Stadium.