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Frank McAvennie has warned West Ham that while Oliver McBurnie isn’t the most prolific striker, the Sheffield United man could cause the Irons defence some issues this weekend.
David Moyes’ side travel to Bramall Lane on Sunday with the aim of stringing together consecutive wins and building on what has been an impressive start to the season.
Sheffield United, on the other hand, are bottom of the Premier League table without a win and with just four goals in their first eight matches.
Scotland forward McBurnie, however, is someone who West Ham will have to keep close tabs on at Bramall Lane, according to McAvennie.
“McBurnie’s not scored a goal since coming back for Scotland but he’ll be wanting to prove to the manager that he can score goals,” the ex-Hammers and Scotland striker told West Ham Zone.
“He’s scored a few – not as much as you’d want him to – but the defence should be keeping an eye on him, that’s for sure.”
We at West Ham Zone have already covered the threat that McBurnie can pose to Moyes’ side this weekend with stats by WyScout showing the ex-Swansea striker has been involved in more aerial duels than any other player in Europe’s top-five leagues per 90 minutes of action this season [17.93].
The Leeds-born Scotland international also ranks third in the Premier League for his success-rate when the ball is in the air [46%].
Moyes is a very experienced manager who is bound to have done his homework on McBurnie ahead of this weekend but that doesn’t mean the Blades man will be nullified easily by the Irons’ defence.
He hasn’t scored this season for both Sheffield United or Scotland despite playing regularly but managed to pop up with goals versus Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea last season – as well as West Ham.