Aston Villa must regret not signing Oliver McBurnie in January now

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City (L) in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Aston Villa decided against bringing in Oliver McBurnie due to his lack of experience.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City (L) in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce may have made an error overlooking Oliver McBurnie in the January transfer window, as the youngster continues to impress at Barnsley.

McBurnie was considered by Villa earlier this year, but Bruce decided against moving for the Swansea City striker.

Bruce felt that McBurnie was too inexperienced to join his side, and backed a move for Lewis Grabban instead, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

While Grabban has done a stellar job for Villa, McBurnie could have been even better - judging by his form in the Championship.

The 21-year-old has smashed in five goals in seven appearances for struggling Barnsley.

It is fair to suggest that McBurnie would have got more service and Villa than Barnsley, which means that he could have scored even more regularly for the Midlands side.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City and Marcos Alonso of Chelsea shake hands after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on November 29, 2017 in London,...

And with Bruce’s side chasing promotion, McBurnie may have been the man to fire them over the line.

Villa still have a chance of grabbing a spot in the top two, but there may be some regret that McBurnie wasn’t brought in.

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