Championship

Heckingbottom and Radrizzani must act fast to land Leeds target following recent admission

Leeds United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side disappointing run of form in the Championship continue courtesy of a 2-1 home defeat to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Paul Heckingbottom’s men went into their meeting with the Owls having won just one of their preceding 13 league matches, a run of form which has all but ended their hopes of finishing inside the play-off places. And the Whites were unable to get back to winning ways at Elland Road on Saturday as well as an Atdhe Nuhiu brace either side of a Jay-Roy Grot equaliser secured all three points for Jos Luhukay’s Wednesday, thus instigating Leeds’ fall to 14th place in the Championship table.

As such, there have been many despondent and disappointed Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can indeed get back to winning ways and thus build some momentum going into the 2018/19 campaign.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Leeds supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie, who worked with manager Heckingbottom at Barnsley earlier this season.

However, the 20-year-old has recently admitted that he would ‘love’ to one day play for Scottish giants Rangers, which could thus prompt Graeme Murty’s side to make a summer move for the forward.

As such, Heckingbottom and chairman Andrea Radrizzani simply must act fast to land the Scotland Under-21 international during the close season, as there’s little doubt that he’d bolster their attacking ranks heading into the new campaign.

Ultimately, the Swans forward has started proving his capabilities in league football since his move to Barnsley back in January, having scored six goals in just nine Championship appearances for the Tykes thus far – it appears that McBurnie will play a key part in their quest to avoid relegation this season.

Be it as a centre forward or playing down the left wing, the 20-year-old has excelled for the Yorkshire club so far this season, thus backing up his incredible form for the Swansea Under-23s earlier this term in which he scored ten goals in just seven Premier League 2 games, which in turn earned him a few senior starts for the South Wales outfit.

And at the tender age of 20, it looks like McBurnie is only going to get even better the more league football he plays, and having already scored goals at Championship level, one can only wonder how far he could go.

Leeds haven’t been short of goals so far this season (their tally of 50 is more than most of the sides around them in the table), but a significant chunk have come from Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is only on loan at the Whites for the rest of the campaign.

As such, if they don’t indeed get a permanent deal done for the 26-year-old, they need to replace those goals if they are to sustain a promotion push next term, and McBurnie could well be the man to fill that void.

But his comments about Rangers in recent times emphasises that he has an eye on moving to Ibrox one day, and as such it remains to be seen whether he would entertain that option were the Gers to make an approach in the summer.

Yet Leeds must not let that happen, and instead act fast to bring the talented forward to Elland Road in the early stages of the summer window.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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