Former Chester FC striker Oliver McBurnie has revealed he is hoping to learn from Swansea City's international-class strikers as he looks to continue scoring goals and give manager Francesco Guidolin a selection headache after a stunning introduction to first-team football.
McBurnie, who made 14 outings and scored five goals during two loan spells from Bradford City at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium during 2014/15 announced himself to Swansea fans by scoring twice and setting up another n a midweek Capital One Cup win over Peterborough.
But the Scotland Under-21 international is not ready to rest on his laurels after an impressive first start and revealed he is hoping summer signings Fernando Llorente - a World Cup winner - and fellow Spaniard Borja Baston can help improve his all-round game.
“Everyone who knows me knows all I really want to do is score goals and be involved in goals so to get two and an assist it doesn’t really get any better,” he told reporters after the game.
“I’m thankful to the gaffer to get an opportunity.
“I knew he was always going to strengthen after some of the players went out and they’ve brought in some very good strikers, but It’s good for me to look up to players who’ve been there and done it. Fernando’s won the World Cup – so I can only learn off him.
“It’s good for the gaffer to have competition, hopefully this has given him something to think about.”
And when asked if he would be daunted by the prospect of facing Premier League champions Leicester City should he be selected, McBurnie was keen to stress that Guidolin is able to call upon him.
“I know what you mean, all strikers need that kind of confidence,” the 20-year-old added.
“Some people call it arrogance, whatever, but it’s needed as a striker. It’s not like any other position on the pitch really, you have to have it.
“I’m just a goalscorer I guess. That’s what I’m paid to do. That’s my job.
“I don’t know whether I will be in more squads, that’s the gaffer’s decision, all I can do is state my case when I am on the pitch. Hopefully I’ve done that.
“But it wouldn’t be a problem for me if he did. If he felt it was the right decision I’d be happy, I wouldn’t be over-awed, this is what I want. I’d be more excited than scared. The moment he decides that I’m ready, the better for me.”