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Oli praises "leader" Mike

Having been made vice-captain at the start of the 2018-19 campaign, Van der Hoorn ended up skippering the side for the majority of the season as Leroy Fer was beset by injury problems.

The former Ajax man won plenty of plaudits for his performances, and the manner in which he led the Swans.

It was a role the 26-year-old grew into and looked increasingly at ease with, and McBurnie was delighted when a 12-month contract extension for Van der Hoorn was triggered at the end of April.

The striker feels that the captain's desire and determination to perform to the best of his abilities sets the right example for a young Swans squad, even if it means having to take the odd bit of stick from his senior team-mate.

"It was great news for everyone when we heard Mike had got another year on his contract because he has been absolutely brilliant for us," said McBurnie.

"He captained the side so well. He is a leader, he leads by example but when he talks everyone listens and we all enjoy playing with him.

"He’s not afraid to shout at people and tell them what they need to be doing if you are not focused or not applying yourself as you should.

"So I look forward to hearing him shout at me a bit more when we all come back together.

"I can’t speak highly enough of him, he has almost come out of his shell and we saw a side to him maybe we did not know he had to him.

"He is actually quite a funny person too, and is good in the dressing room.

"You feel comfortable with him at the back. Like I say, he shouts at us a lot, but he expects the highest level possible from everyone and from himself.

"His heart is always in the right place and he just wants to make sure we get better."

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