As PL deal reportedly all but done, there could be nasty sting in tail for Leeds fans
Oli McBurnie is set to snub a new deal with Swansea and join Leeds next season, according to the Scottish Sun, and it would be a fantastic deal for Paul Heckingbottom’s team.
McBurnie’s deal with Swansea comes to an end in 2019 and PL boss Carlos Carvalhal is keen to tie him down with a contract extension.
However, according to the report, McBurnie wants to head back to his hometown and rejoin Leeds, and that could force the Swans to sell.
Great news so far. But there could be a sting in the tail for Leeds fans.
The majority of fans want to see a new manager in place for next season after a staggeringly bad run of form for Leeds since Heckingbottom took over.
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Just two wins since he took over from Thomas Christiansen is relegation form, but for the points won by his successor.
However, McBurnie is currently on loan at Barnsley – Heckingbottom’s former club – and he was the man responsible for taking him there.
They’re said to have a good relationship and it might turn out that he wants to join Leeds because Heckingbottom is there, not in spite of him.
That could extend Heckingbottom a lifeline, depending on how much the Leeds hierarchy want to land McBurnie and how impressed they are with Heckingbottom’s ability to attract the right sort of player.
It could be a real case of be careful what you wish for, and with McBurnie they might get two for the price of one with Heckingbottom staying on.
Conversely, they might lose the striker if Heckingbottom is sacked – as Football Insider revealed would happen before the start of next season.
Given those sorts of conditions, Leeds fans might quickly go off their new reported prize.