Leeds United fans pride themselves on the talent that has been produced in their academy over the years, but reports have surfaced that one player slipped through the net when he was just 15-years-old.
The Scottish Sun has reported that Leeds released striker Oli McBurnie for being too small when he was a teenager – and that has turned about to be a major error from the Whites academy chiefs at the time.
McBurnie, 21, has been a goal machine for Barnsley after signing for them on loan in the January transfer window, scoring six times in nine appearances across all competitions.
Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Leeds are also in the hunt to re-sign the soon-to-be Scotland international in the summer, compounding what was a huge miscalculation six years ago.
Leeds-born McBurnie moved to Bradford after getting the axe at Elland Road and was snapped up by Swansea in 2015.
The 6ft 2in striker has been on the fringes of the Swans squad in the Premier League and it was decided in January that he should get experience in the Championship.
Paul Heckingbottom signed him for Barnsley and now it seems that the Leeds manager could snap him up for a second time in the space of a few months if he follows through on the interest in the summer.
It was clearly a big mistake to let McBurnie go all them years ago – and it is one that Andrea Radrizzani must ensure was just a one-off.
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