Potter: Oli getting better all the time

26th January 2019
First team

Graham Potter reckons Oli McBurnie is only going to get better after the in-form striker took his tally to 13 for the season with a brace in the Emirates FA Cup win over Gillingham.

The Scotland international has scored five goals in three appearances in 2019 and he showcased his sharpness in front of goal with an expertly-taken header from Leroy Fer's flighted pass, before calmly slotting home the second after good work from Connor Roberts and Barrie McKay.

It set the Swans on their way to an eventual 4-1 win over the Gills and booked their place in the last 16 of the famous knock-out competition.

He has 22 goals to his name in the last 12 months - having scored nine goals on loan at Barnsley last term - and Potter feels the 22-year-old is improving all the time.

"Oli has always been hungry, he always tries his best and gives his lot for the team," said Potter. 

"We forget it's his first season as a first-team player, he had a half a season at Barnsley but he has essentially led the line.

"He is the number nine at Swansea City which is a big responsibility to have as a young player.

"I think he is developing all the time, there is still a lot for him to do, but they were two great goals and he has a knack of scoring, which is a great knack of scoring."