Oli McBurnie

Oli McBurnie seals Sheffield United move

2nd August 2019
First team

Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie has joined Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Bramall Lane and links up with the Blades ahead of their return to the Premier League following their automatic promotion from the Championship.

The Scotland international spent four years in total with the Swans, and grew to be an incredibly popular figure with the Jack Army following his goalscoring feats, first for the club’s under-23 side and then the first team.

McBurnie scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, and leaves the Liberty with a total first-team record of 26 goals from 62 appearances.

Having arrived from Bradford in July 2015, McBurnie did not take long to make his mark in SA1 as he helped the under-23s complete a league and cup double during the 2016-17 season.

By that stage he had enjoyed loan spells with Newport County and Bristol Rovers, marking his debut for the former with a remarkable 23-minute hat-trick as a substitute.

He made his Swans first-team debut in the EFL Cup, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Peterborough in August 2016, and that was quickly followed by a Premier League bow as a substitute against Leicester.

He would feature with reasonable regularity during the opening months of the 2017-18 season before going out on loan to Barnsley in January 2018.

McBurnie’s time at Oakwell would prove hugely successful as he netted nine goals in 17 games, enough to earn him the Tykes Player of the Season award even if he was unable to help them avoid relegation to League One.

Oli McBurnie

He returned to Swansea in the summer of 2018, and took the number nine shirt as he led the line to great effect.

He started the season with a goal against Sheffield United, and finished it with another against Blackburn, scoring 22 more in between to become the first Swansea player since Wilfried Bony in 2014 to end a season with 20 or more goals to his name.

He had started all six of Swansea’s pre-season friendlies under Steve Cooper, scoring against Crawley, but will now link up with Chris Wilder’s squad in his native Yorkshire.

Everyone at Swansea City would like to sincerely thank Oli for his efforts for the club over the last four years, and wish him every success in the future.