Oli McBurnie follows the path of Sheffield United goal as statistics make Scotland’s case

Oli McBurnie scored his 13th goal of the season today as promotion-chasing Sheffield United reached the FA Cup semi-final.

Still, he remains an outcast from Scotland. Despite the fact that he could be playing Premier League football next season, although that would require a new contract, and he is beating other forwards in the Championship, Steve Clarke once again passed over the 26-year-old for his last team.

The 17-capped leader is not necessarily a popular figure with the Tartan Army due to a mix of poor performances and no goals in a dark blue shirt and an apparent lack of enthusiasm for playing international football after comments he made were picked up by a microphone.

But maybe enough time has passed for that to be water under the bridge? With the form the 26-year-old is showing, there is certainly a conversation about whether he deserves a retirement.

He has scored more than double the amount of talisman Lyndon Dykes in the same league and the same goes for the Jacob Brown squad who have five for Stoke City.

While he is operating at a higher level than Hearts’ Lawrence Shankland and Hibs’ Kevin Nisbet, who would be many fans’ choices to make the team.

Sure, McBurnie previously failed to impress in a Scotland shirt. But many of his appearances came at a time when he was struggling in the top flight with the Blades and confidence could have taken a hit. Would he have a new lease on life if he had another chance?

With the help of InStat, we can take a deeper look at the statistics of the Scotland striker candidates.


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