Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder believes in Oli McBurney’s ability to score goals in the Premier League. Sean Taylor, PA Media writes.
Scotland International, who signed the club record for the Blades when he moved from Swansea to Bramal Lane in the summer of 2019, scored six times in his maiden top-flight season but struggled to find the back of the net during the campaign.
He has caused a great deal of criticism from some United fans as their team has had the worst start to any club’s Premier League campaign. McBurney also received Flack from Scotland supporters last month. 14 games without a goal for his country.
The 24-year-old smashed his duck and lifted a huge weight off his shoulder with the Blades’ only goal in a 2-1 win over Leicester last weekend. Wilder explained how he was impressed with McDernie’s behavior.
“I believe in him. You have to get out of it. The sun is not shining now, when you are judged, he will fight through it,” Blades boss said. Southampton Sunday at St. Mary’s Stadium.
“He put himself in the right place and showed a desire to get into the right place.
“It tells me something about his courage and character, which, for me, tells you what he cares about and what kind of person he is.
“He’s always been in the spotlight with us, and when he’s with the national team, he’s always in the spotlight.
“But we all have a lot of pressure, especially on the pitch. People talk about XGs (expected goal statistics) and even through my eyes we had to score more. That’s to deal with the pressure of the players above the pitch.
“It was a man’s performance from Oli (against Leicester). Everyone was happy he got his goal. He knows he needs to have more this season – as we all should – but I believe in him and the group.
“He brings more to the team than goals, and I thought his all-round performance on Sunday was the best.”
Expect a triple injury boost against Southampton. Enda Stevens, Ethan Ambadu and Liz Mass set all resumed training this week, and if they do not escape through Saturday’s session, Wilder will be able to visit St. Mary’s.
Stevens has missed the last three games with a knee injury. Ambadu, a season-long loan from Chelsea, has been suffering from a hip problem for the past three weeks. The Mass set, which recently returned from a toe injury, has been limited to just 17 minutes of game time this season.