'Oli got his rewards'

21st August 2018
First team

Graham Potter saluted Oli McBurnie after his two-goal display against Leeds, declaring: “He got his rewards tonight.”

McBurnie twice put Swansea City in front against his home-city club, who released him as a youngster.

The frontman know has three goals in four appearances this season having been given the chance to lead the Swans line.

And when his loan spell at Barnsley last season is taken into account, McBurnie has scored 12 times in 21 second-tier games.

“If you look at Oli’s record in the Championship over the last few months, he has proven that he can score at this level,” Potter said.

“He has done a lot of unselfish work in the last couple of weeks and he got his reward for that tonight.

“His two goals were of a really high level, especially the second which was a fantastic header.

“I am really pleased for him. He epitomises what we are trying to do.

“He wants to play for Swansea City, he wants an opportunity and he wants to improve.”

McBurnie was one of a number of Swans who impressed as Potter’s men became the first team this season to stop Leeds from winning.

Another man who put in a solid shift was Connor Roberts, who was asked to play in an unfamiliar right-wing role for tactical reasons.

“Connor covers ground really well – his sprints and recoveries are very impressive,” Potter said.

“We wanted to try to use that physicality to open up space for Bersant (Celina) and he did the job really well.

“He understood what we wanted him to do tactically and it’s another good step in his development.”