There was late heartbreak for Sheffield United at the weekend – but for Oli McBurnie, there’s solace to be found in a big moment.
Sheffield United continued their horror start to the Premier League season on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Leicester City at Bramall Lane. As a point looked certain, Jamie Vardy stepped up to score the winner.
Having gained just one point from their opening 11 games, Sheffield United are locked in a battle for Premier League survival. McBurnie’s season has been equally frustrating, on both the domestic and international scenes.
His displays in the navy blue of Scotland have come under fire in recent times as Lyndon Dykes takes the spotlight, McBurnie yet to score in 15 national team appearances.
McBurnie had yet to score in the Premier League this season either, despite featuring from the start seven times and coming off the bench in the other four matches. That was, until Sunday afternoon.
With the game at 1-0 Foxes, McBurnie rose highest from a set-piece to put Chris Wilder’s team back on level terms. It didn’t get his side the result they desperately needed but his performance on the day will provide much encouragement.
McBurnie’s likely to be one of Steve Clarke’s strikers at Euro 2020 and him building form ahead of that is key.