Ben Meakin spent some time looking ahead to Sheffield United’s upcoming Premier League clash with Leeds United during the most recent edition of BladesPod and he talked about former West Bromwich Albion man Oliver Burke and the role he may play in this upcoming fixture during the show.
Sheffield United signed Burke from West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis earlier this month in a deal that saw Callum Robinson move in the other direction.
Since joining Chris Wilder’s side, Burke has made two competitive appearances, both of which saw Burke play in the centre forward position. The 23-year-old played the entirety of Sheffield United’s 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Monday and he was given a disappointing WhoScored rating of 6.06 for his performance in that game, with the attacker failing to take a single shot.
While looking ahead to the Blades’ next league fixture during this recent edition of BladesPod, Meakin shared his thoughts on how Burke has done so far for the Blades and talked about the significance of the role he may play for Wilder’s side in the next game.
He said: “I could see it being a similar game to the last time we played at Elland Road, to be honest, where we are basically just looking to play on the counter-attack, and that’s where we might see a bit more of Burke, [who] in limited flashes, looked quite promising but, yeah, hopefully, we’re not relying on him to score all the goals to keep us up this season.”
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So, judging by Meakin’s comments, it seems as though he believes that Burke has shown some promise “in limited flashes” since his move to Bramall Lane, but the podcaster does also seem to be uncertain about Burke’s reliability in front of goal.
Considering that he failed to even get a shot off in the Blades’ clash with Aston Villa on Monday, it may be understandable why Meakin feels this way but perhaps the podcaster is right in saying that “we might see a bit more” of the 23-year-old Scotland international against Leeds and if so, then hopefully for Burke and for the Blades, the attacker will take advantage of that opportunity and deliver a more impressive attacking performance in that fixture.