Oliver McBurnie is a striker crying out for an opportunity.
A prolific goal-scorer in Swansea City’s youth ranks, the 21-year-old was only handed six appearances for the South Wales club last season and the arrival of Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea may further restrict his opportunities at the Liberty Stadium.
Therefore, following the impending departure of star striker Chris Wood to Burnley, The Sun reports that Leeds United have identified McBurnie as a potential replacement.
On paper, the signing would not ease the disappointment of Leeds fans with Wood, who netted a league-high 27 goals in 2016/17, set to leave with just over a week of the transfer window remaining.
After all, McBurnie remains unproven in senior football, half of his 10 professional goals coming during a loan spell with non-league Chester City in 2014/15.
However, you get the feeling that the youngster, who was born in Leeds and began his career in Bradford City’s academy, would benefit immeasurably from further exposure to the senior game following short-lived loans at Newport and Bristol Rovers two years ago.
After all, McBurnie appears to have outgrown the junior ranks, scoring 20 goals to win the Premier League 2 Player of the Year award last season. Though wet behind the ears and still slight of stature, McBurnie can score all types of goals and has impressed whenever called upon by Swansea boss Paul Clement.
And, as the likes of Abraham have proven in the past, reserve-team football is no substitute for the real thing. McBurnie may not be able to replace the talismanic Wood but a season at Leeds could be the making of this local lad.
He has everything required to score goals in the professional game and regular game-time at Elland Road could be beneficial for all parties involved – including parent club Swansea City.