Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has defended Scotland striker Oli McBurnie after the striker’s visit to Swansea City.
The striker was spotted in the away end at his former club’s derby match away to Cardiff City. He was then spotted giving gestures to the away end during the match.
Whilst Wilder’s reminded him of a few things, the Sheffield United boss thinks McBurnie’s decision to take to the stands again was actually ‘refreshing.’
He told Sky Sports: “We received a letter from the FA, talking about Oli’s future conduct, which is quite right, I believe. I’ve had a word with Oli but I’ve got no problem with him going to watch Swansea. There’s a big connection from him going down there as a young player.
“I think it’s quite refreshing at times that he wants to go and watch games of football and be involved in football. We’ve just had a word with him.”
‘Refreshing’ from Wilder too
Whilst Wilder’s praising McBurnie’s decision to watch his former club to some extent, Wilder deserves some too. It’d have been easy for him to throw the striker under the bus.
Instead he’s defended his man and actually gave reasoning for it. That’ll be a big boost for McBurnie after a week full of headlines written about him off the park.
This term the Scotland striker has scored four goals in 20 Premiership matches. McBurnie will likely be one of Steve Clarke’s strikers during the crucial Euro 2020 play-offs.
It’s good to see his boss defending him after a small fuss was blown out of proportion.