What a year it has been to be a Sheffield United supporter.
After overcoming the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs last May, Chris Wilder made a number of vital additions to his squad which subsequently allowed the Blades to launch a successful bid for promotion in the 2018/19 campaign.
Despite facing tough opposition from the likes of Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion in the battle for the top-two, the South Yorkshire-based outfit managed to secure a second place finish in the Championship with one player, in particular, stepping up to the mark for his team.
By firing in 23 goals in 40 league games for the Blades, Billy Sharp provided a vital outlet for Wilder’s side as by forming a fantastic partnership with David McGoldrick, the 33-year-old was able to create history at Bramall Lane.
However, despite his recent heroics, it is clear that in order for United to thrive in the top-flight next season, they simply have to bring in some competition for Sharp this summer.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, the Blades are reportedly lining up a move for Swansea City star Oliver McBurnie yet may have to fight off Brighton & Hove Albion to secure his services.
An outstanding young talent, the Scotland international helped the Jacks secure a 10th place finish in the second tier by scoring 22 goals and providing four assists for his team-mates.
Clearly capable of making the step up in level to the Premier League, McBurnie has all the ingredients needed to become a hero for United and would be the ideal long-term replacement for Sharp.
If Wilder decides to splash the cash on the £4.5m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt), it could make all the difference in the Blades’ quest to prolong their stay in the top-flight over the coming years.
What do you think United fans? Would you welcome a move for McBurnie this summer? Could he be the ideal replacement for Sharp? Let us know below.
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