Graham Potter has urged Oli McBurnie to prove he can score goals in the Premier League.

That was a month ago this week – when the 22-year-old from Leeds became the first Swansea player since Wilfried Bony to score 20 league goals in a season.

Now Albion fans are wondering whether that chance might come at their own club under Potter’s guidance.

The 6ft 2in centre-forward is being linked with a move to the Amex, hot on the heels of his former boss at the Liberty Stadium.

McBurnie ended up with 22 league goals last term, the first to get to that 20 mark since Bony in 2013-14 before he signed for Manchester City.

Bony in turn emulated Michu, who got his 20 in the top flight.

Speaking just a month ago, Potter said of McBurnie: “His challenge is to keep improving because those guys before him did it in the Premier League, at the highest level.

“Oli has a way to go, and I am sure he would say the same, to be in that company.

“But he is in the early stages of his career, there have been challenges along the way but he has stuck in there.

“The team have helped him as well, and it’s nice for him to get through that 20-goal barrier.”

“His goal-scoring record in the Championship is really, really high.

“If you think at the start of the season there was a lot of talk about us needing a 20-goal striker, so I am pleased for him because essentially it was about us as a team being able to find something from somewhere.

“It was an opportunity we wanted to give Oli. I am really pleased he has taken it, it hasn’t been straightforward for him in his first full season but we did not expect it to be straightforward.”

That suggests Potter sees McBurnie, who can operate as target man or in a more withdrawn role, as a long-term project.

But there has been increasing interest in the young Scotland striker, who benefited from a productive loan stint at Barnsley in the second half of the 2017-18 season.

He started that campaign at Swansea but found life tough in what was a challenging Premier League season under Paul Clement.

McBurnie came on as sub towards the end of his side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Albion in October of that campaign.

He has been linked most recently with promoted Sheffield United and, before that, Rangers.

There has also been a report of a possible £5 million switch to OGC Nice.

In fact, it seems Swansea would want considerably more than £5 million for his services.

More like £12 million would be nearer the mark for a man who signed a new deal last summer, taking him through until June 2021 with a one-year option after that.

Albion’s head of recruitment Paul Winstanley has been getting to know new assistant Kyle Macaulay, who has come from Swansea with Potter.

The new boss managed to avoid answering a question about McBurnie during his press conference on Monday.

Sources close to Albion have also been unwilling to offer indication as to any interest until new and existing staff members have compared notes.

But Potter said recently: “People want to buy goals. Oli would be quite a certain, safe purchase really, but he knows he’s in a good place here.

“I’m confident there will be interest because his goal scoring record speaks for itself.

“His career is just starting and he’s still got a bit to do to get to where I think he can. He’s in a good place to achieve that.”

Sources in Swansea also believe Potter was interested in taking exciting wideman Daniel James to the Amex.

But it is thought James was less keen on the idea and he appears to be heading for Manchester United.

Albion will be keen to bolster their attack and are looking to put the emphasis on youth and pace during their summer business.

They also need a right-back to replace retiring veteran Bruno, unless Ezequiel Schelotto suddenly enjoys a new lease of life on his return from both a loan spell at Chievo and a knee injury.