Leeds United transfer news: Whites released McBurnie aged 15

By Danny Wright

21st Mar, 2018 | 1:46pm

Now scoring goals for fun, Leeds released 6ft 2in PL centre-forward for being too small - report

Leeds United released 6ft 2in Swansea striker Oli McBurnie for being too small when he was aged 15, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that McBurnie, 21, almost quit the game for good after he was axed by the Whites six years ago.

However the centre-forward is now scoring goals for fun in the Championship with Barnsley after moving to Oakwell on loan from Premier League side Swansea in the January transfer window.

He has netted six goals in nine appearances for Barnsley, even though he has been mainly used on the left-side of attack rather than his favoured central striker position.

Paul Heckingbottom signed McBurnie for the Tykes and Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Leeds are in the hunt to re-sign the soon-to-be Scotland international in the summer and is one of the top targets at Elland Road.

After leaving Leeds, McBurnie got himself back in the game at Bradford before being signed by Swansea in 2015.

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His form while on loan at Barnsley has led him to his first ever Scotland call-up and could make his debut Costa Rica on Friday night.

Football Insider verdict

It was a bit odd for Leeds to release a player for being too short when he was only 15-years-old. McBurnie was always bound to grow and now he is a pretty devastating target man who could easily play a major role at Elland Road next season if the Whites decide to sign him again. McBurnie has not had much chance of breaking into the Swansea first-team but when he returns in the summer there’s every chance that he may get a bigger role given how well he has done at Barnsley. Leeds will have to do well to re-sign him because McBurnie may not be so forgiving after his football career was almost ruined before it ever started by the Yorkshire giants.

In other Leeds United news, this £1.5million Whites player has made a very honest transfer admission.

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