Oli thrilled with his big chance

5th August 2018
First team

Oli McBurnie is looking to repay Graham Potter with more goals after the Swans boss handed him his big opportunity in his opening game in charge.

McBurnie struck his maiden league goal for the Swans as Potter marked his first game with victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The striker fired home from close range to level the score before sub Yan Dhanda scored 29 seconds after being introduced as the Swans made the perfect start to life under Potter in the Championship.

It proved a big moment too for McBurnie, who made just his third league start for the club since joining from Bradford City in July 2015.

His goal was followed by a huge celebration among the 1,000-strong Jack Army, with Dhanda’s winner sparking even greater scenes.

And McBurnie was keen to praise Potter for giving him the chance to lead the line in a youthful-looking side which also featured summer signings Bersant Celina, Barrie McKay and Joel Asoro.

“I’ve spoken to the gaffer all summer about pushing myself to be the number one striker here,” said McBurnie, who scored nine goals in 17 appearances while on loan at Barnsley last season.

“I think I’ve earned my chance here. I’ve been in the lower leagues on loan and scored goals, so I feel I deserve this chance with the Swans.

"If the gaffer keeps trusting me with the shirt then I want to repay him with hard work, performances and goals.

“He has been unbelievable with me. I can’t speak highly enough of him.

“He’s given me the chance and freedom to go out and play my game. That’s what I have needed from a manager.

“It was the perfect appointment for us. Now we hope to see more results on the pitch.”