Oliver McBurnie says Leeds head coach Heckingbottom rates him highly

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Swansea City-owned Barnsley striker Oliver McBurnie speaks highly of Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom.

Christian Atsu of Newcastle United wins a header over Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St. James Park on January...

Swansea City-owned Barnsley striker Oliver McBurnie has told Sky Sports that current Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom rates him highly.

McBurnie joined Championship club Barnsley on loan from Premier League side Swansea in the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old striker was brought to Oakwell by Heckingbottom, but the 40-year-old left soon after to become the Leeds head coach.

The Scottish striker has revealed that Heckingbottom rates him highly, and has also outlined the kind of relationship the two have.

Oliver McBurnie and Martin Olsson of Swansea City cekebrate victory after the Premier League match between Watford and Swansea City at Vicarage Road on December 30, 2017 in Watford,...

McBurnie told Sky Sports about Heckingbottom: ”I really got on well with him and he really rated me as a player.

”To be fair, Heckie rang me the day after he took the job at Leeds, just to explain what his thinking was. I would never hold that against him.

“I understand what football is like. It's a short career and he has his own family and his own reasons for doing that.”

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

Summer bid for Oliver McBurnie?

McBurnie's comments make it clear that Heckingbottom rate him highly, and perhaps Leeds should make a move for the Scottish youngster in the summer of 2018.

The 21-year-old has started life at Barnsley brilliantly, scoring five goals in 520 minutes of Championship football, according to WhoScored - an average of one goal per 104 minutes.

It would be hard for McBurnie to play regularly for the Swansea first team next season, and perhaps Leeds should use the Heckingbottom link to convince the striker to move - on loan perhaps - to Elland Road in the summer of 2018.

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