Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has backed striker Oli McBurnie to improve and have a good second season in the Premier League with the club.
Signing for the Blades from Swansea City in a £17m deal last summer, the Scottish international striker played his a part in what turned out to be a good return to the Premier League for the club.
McBurnie finished the season with a personal goals tally of six in the league as Sheffield United finished an impressive ninth in the table. Having seem his in the Europa League places at one point during the 2019/20 season, Wilder will be keen to see the striker improve on his tally from this term.
The Blades boss has discussed McBurnie’s current chances of providing more goals on a regular basis.
As quoted by The Yorkshire Post, Wilder said: “It’s his first season in the Premier League and it’s been a long old season for him.
“He needs to recover and go again if he wants to be an established Premier League player he’s got to improve his skills. We’ve got to improve him but I think it’s been a decent effort for him for his first year in the Premier League, as it is by everybody at the football club.”
With his six goals for the season, McBurnie finished as the Blades’ joint-top league scorer with Frenchman Lys Mousset.
The transfer fee paid for McBurnie last summer was considerable but Wilder obviously sees something in the striker.
Six goals is not a bad return considering the he was in and out of the team but, if Sheffield United are to mount a Europa League challenge next year, then they may need the 24-year-old to improve further on that tally in the 2020/21 campaign.
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