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Profit Players: Oliver McBurnie

Profit Players: Oliver McBurnie

Swansea City have made a bright start to the Championship season under Graham Potter with Oliver McBurnie spearheading their attack. 

With 11 points on the board from their first 6 fixtures it’s no surprise that the Swans are feeling confident about their chances of mounting a push for promotion this season.

The performances of midfield lynchpin Leroy Fer will undoubtedly play a key role in their bid to make an instant return to the top-flight, as will the form of Oliver McBurnie.

The 22-year-old forward struggled to break into the first-team at Swansea last season as the club battled for their Premier League survival, and he decided to embark on a short term loan deal in January as he joined Barnsley until the end of the season.

Since that moment McBurnie’s career has been on a promising upward trajectory: 9 goals from 17 Championship appearances with Barnsley convinced Potter that he has the ability to spearhead his attack and he has reaped the rewards of his decision so far.

Indeed, McBurnie has picked up where he left off from last season by notching 4 goals from his opening 6 appearances for the club, including a brace against league leaders Leeds United.

The manner in which he has started the season suggests the determined centre-forward has the clinical edge to fire Swansea into a playoff place at the very least.

The multi-million financial windfall which promotion brings is what encourages football clubs to invest millions of pounds into their squads, but Swansea only paid a measly £315k to secure McBurnie’s services in July 2015.

Even if Swansea fail to clinch promotion there will  certainly be Premier League clubs queuing up to sign McBurnie in the summer window of 2019 if he continues to build upon his prolific start to the campaign.

Either way it’s win win for the club as they will either acquire a substantial profit on their initial £315k investment or clinch promotion at the first time of asking if McBurnie consistently finds the back of the net this season.

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