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Bye McBurine: It’s time Leeds United look to tempt £9m-rated ace back to the Championship

According to Vital Football, via Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Leeds United have decided not to pursue the signing of Swansea man, Oliver McBurnie.

McBurnie spent the second of half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Championship outfit Barnsley, having failed to establish himself in the first team at the Liberty Stadium. 

He faired better under Paul Heckingbottom at Oakwell, scoring 9 goals in 17 Championship appearances. When Heckingbottom took over at Elland Road it was rumoured McBurnie would be following along soon enough. 

Now, though, with Bielsa in charge at Leeds, the club appear to be looking beyond McBurnie.

Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle made his return to the Premier League with Newcastle last season, but despite getting plenty of minutes he failed to replicate his Championship goalscoring form for the Magpies. 

Gayle is an excellent striker, he just might not quite be of the Premier League standard. This means Newcastle can’t have too many objections to letting him go, and Leeds should take advantage of that. Gayle has already proven in his career that he can excel in the Championship.

His return in the 2016/17 season of 23 goals in 32 games fired his side to promotion and made him a hero on Tyneside. Now, his St James’ Park journey may be nearing it’s end, and with the player only valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt, Leeds should be considering a bid. 

Gayle would add a real goal threat to the Leeds line up, and with his excellent hold up play there is certainly the potential for him to combine very well with Kemar Roofe. 

The signing of the Czech international would be a real signal of intent from Bielsa’s Leeds, ahead of a season fans are already excited for under the new manager.

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