Oli McBurnie believes that good players perform at their best when teamed up with other talented players, and this theory was strongly evident in the recent performance of McBurnie and Cameron Archer, last Saturday.
In their Premier League debut as a striking duo, McBurnie’s well-placed pass was expertly finished by Archer for the equalising goal, and moments later, Archer’s shot ricocheted off the post and found the net via a deflection off Jordan Pickford for their second goal.
Adding to the attacking synergy is the contribution of another recent addition, Gustavo Hamer, who made an immediate impact with a memorable goal against Nottingham Forest on his debut and played a pivotal role in both goals against Everton. His precise delivery from the right set up McBurnie’s controlled lay-off and then assisted Archer for the second goal.
United’s front line now boasts three players aged 20 and under, with Rhian Brewster still in the recovery phase from hamstring surgery. This places considerable responsibility on McBurnie and Archer to deliver, and while it’s early in the season, their promising start provides optimism for the campaign ahead. McBurnie’s ability to lead the attack and hold up play, combined with Archer’s physical prowess and knack for penetrating opposing defenses, creates an exciting prospect for the team.
But, the Blades will have to find a balance to the midfield, with Vinícius Souza and Hamer working well with Oli Norwood thus far, however, they now have to try and fit James McAtee into the equation.