Oli McBurnie

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Oliver Robert McBurnie (born 4 June 1996) is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Sheffield United and the Scotland national team.

Oli McBurnie
Personal information
Full name Oliver Robert McBurnie[1]
Date of birth (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Striker / Left Forward
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 9
Youth career
0000–2010 Leeds United
2010–2013 Bradford City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Bradford City 15 (0)
2015Chester (loan) 4 (1)
2015Chester (loan) 10 (4)
2015–2019 Swansea City 58 (22)
2015Newport County (loan) 3 (3)
2016Bristol Rovers (loan) 5 (0)
2018Barnsley (loan) 17 (9)
2019– Sheffield United 41 (6)
National team
2014–2015 Scotland U19[4] 4 (1)
2015–2017 Scotland U21[5] 12 (2)
2018– Scotland[6] 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:36, 18 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:00, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

After playing youth football for Leeds United, McBurnie began his career with Bradford City, spending two loan spells at Chester. He later signed for Swansea City, spending time on loan at Newport County, Bristol Rovers and Barnsley.

Born in England to a Scottish father, he represents Scotland at international level, making his senior debut in March 2018.

Early lifeEdit

McBurnie was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire.[7] He grew up in the suburb of Garforth, attending Garforth Academy.[8] He still lived in Garforth as of July 2020.[9][10]

Club careerEdit

Bradford CityEdit

McBurnie started at Leeds United's academy from a young age, playing with the likes of Lewie Coyle and Tyler Denton in the youth setup, before he was released at Under 14s level.[11] He joined Bradford City's academy, but played for Manchester United in the 2013 Milk Cup.[12]

McBurnie was given a three-year professional contract by Bradford on 23 August 2013.[13][14] In November 2013, Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson stated that he was considering involving McBurnie with the club's first team squad.[15] He made his professional debut on 9 November 2013, in the FA Cup, appearing as a substitute.[16] He later spoke about his desire for further first-team action,[17] and made his first senior start on 26 December 2013, at the age of 17.[18][19]

He was offered a new contract by the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.[20][21][22] McBurnie later spoke about his first season as a professional, describing it as "ridiculous."[23] He also spoke about his excitement ahead of the 2014–15 season.[24] In September 2014 manager Phil Parkinson told McBurnie to "step up to the plate" and make the most of the first-team appearances he was making following an injury to regular started James Hanson.[25] In October 2014 Parkinson hinted that McBurnie would be sent out on loan.[26]

McBurnie joined Chester on a one-month loan deal on 22 January 2015.[27] He was recalled early, returning to Bradford on 20 February following injuries to first-team players.[28] Manager Phil Parkinson thought the loan spell had been beneficial to McBurnie's development.[29] He re-joined Chester on loan on 6 March.[30]

Swansea CityEdit

On 13 July 2015, McBurnie joined Swansea City on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee,[31][32] later revealed to be £250,000.[18] Later that month he made his first appearances for Swansea in under-21 matches in Holland.[33]

 
McBurnie celebrating with Bristol Rovers fans following the club's promotion from League Two

In November 2015 he joined League Two club Newport County on an initial one-month loan.[34][35] McBurnie made his debut for Newport on 28 November in a league game against Luton Town, scoring a hat-trick after coming on as a 58th-minute substitute.[36][37] While the loan had been earlier extended until January 2016, he was recalled by Swansea on 24 December 2015.[38] On 7 March 2016, he joined Bristol Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2015–16 season.[39]

On 23 August 2016, McBurnie scored twice on his debut for Swansea's first team in the second-round 2016–17 EFL Cup tie against Peterborough United. The match finished 1–3 in Swansea's favour.[40] His performance was praised by ex-Swansea player Warren Feeney.[41] McBurnie won the Premier League 2 'Player of the Month' award for January 2017.[42] In November 2016, McBurnie signed a one-year contract extension at the Liberty Stadium until June 2019.[43]

McBurnie appeared as a substitute in Swansea's first three matches of the 2017–18 Premier League. On 31 August 2017, the last day of the English summer transfer window, a loan to Championship club Barnsley for the rest of the season was agreed.[44] However, despite training with Barnsley the transfer was not completed, due to an issue with the paperwork and he returned to Swansea.[45] Upon returning to Swansea under Paul Clement he played for Swansea's Under 23's scoring 10 goals in 7 games, before earning a recall to the first team under new manager Carlos Carvalhal, where he made 12 appearances including starting against Liverpool and Newcastle.[46]

On 31 January 2018 he moved on loan to Barnsley, then managed by Paul Heckingbottom.[47] He scored his first goal for Barnsley in a 1–1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on 10 February 2018.[48] After scoring six goals in his first eight games at Barnsley, McBurnie was named the Championship Player of the Month for February and also received a call up to the Scotland squad for his form.[46] On 28 April 2018, McBurnie won Barnsley's Player Of The Year award.[49]

McBurnie returned to Swansea at the end of the season, and stated that he would use his Championship experience to help fire them to promotion.[50] After speculation strongly linking him with moves to either Leeds United or Rangers,[51] on 12 July 2018 he signed a new three-year contract extension at Swansea City with the option of a fourth year.[52][53] McBurnie scored his first league goal for Swansea in their first match of the 2018–19 season a 2–1 victory against Sheffield United.[54]

Sheffield UnitedEdit

In July 2019, McBurnie was the subject of a transfer bid from Sheffield United, which was rejected by Swansea.[55] Later that month Sheffield United increased their bid,[56][57] which Swansea accepted.[58]

On 2 August 2019 McBurnie signed for Sheffield United on a four-year deal for a fee of £17.5 million, potentially rising to £20 million.[59] The fee set a new club record for Sheffield United and a new record for a transfer involving a Scottish player,[60] until it was beaten a few days later by Kieran Tierney's £25 million move from Celtic to Arsenal.[61] McBurnie's former club Bradford City were set to receive a windfall from his sale.[62]

On 24 November 2019 he scored the equaliser as Sheffield United drew Manchester United 3–3 at Bramall Lane. The goal was challenged by VAR but upheld.[63]

Personal lifeEdit

McBurnie was a boyhood fan of Scottish football club Rangers.[53]

In October 2019 McBurnie was charged with drink-driving.[64] In July 2020 he was fined £28,500 and banned from driving for 16 months.[9][10]

In January 2020, McBurnie was warned by the Football Association for his conduct amongst Swansea City supporters whilst attending the South Wales derby when he allegedly made a rude gesture towards Cardiff City fans.[65]

International careerEdit

In September 2013, McBurnie was called up for a training camp by the Scotland under-19 national team.[66] McBurnie was called up to the Scotland under-19 squad in November 2014. He made his debut in a 1–1 draw against the Netherlands.[67][68] in April 2015 he was praised by under-19 manager Ricky Sbragia, and subsequently by club manager Phil Parkinson.[69] McBurnie moved up to the under-21 team in 2015, and he made 12 appearances at that level.

McBurnie was selected for the senior national squad for the first time in March 2018, by new Scotland manager Alex McLeish.[70] He made his full international debut on 23 March, in a 1–0 defeat to Costa Rica.[71] He then took part in Scotland's mini tour of Latin America (defeats to Peru and Mexico) two months later.[53]

In March 2019, following "his breakthrough campaign for Swansea", McBurnie said he was ready to "stake a claim for a Scotland striking role".[72]

In September 2019 McBurnie stated his commitment to the national team following a video posted on social media.[73] In September 2020 his dedication to the Scottish national team was called into question again.[74]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 18 October 2020
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bradford City 2013–14[75] League One 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2014–15[76] 7 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 11 0
Total 15 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
Chester (loan) 2014–15[76] Conference Premier 14 5 0 0 0 0 14 5
Swansea City 2015–16[77] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016–17[78] 5 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 2
2017–18[79] 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2018–19[54] Championship 42 22 2 2 0 0 0 0 44 24
Total 58 22 2 2 2 2 0 0 62 26
Newport County (loan) 2015–16[77] League Two 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2015–16[77] 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Barnsley (loan) 2017–18[79] Championship 17 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 9
Sheffield United 2019–20[80] Premier League 36 6 2 0 2 0 0 0 40 6
2020–21[81] 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Total 41 6 2 0 3 0 0 0 46 6
Career total 153 45 6 2 7 2 1 0 166 50
  1. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy

HonoursEdit

Individual

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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