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A Swiss striker who joined the club from FC Zurich and received international clearance in time to make his Under-18s debut against Liverpool.
The forward made a lively first impression at the J. Davidson Stadium when coming off the bench and almost equalised on a couple of occasions during a 2-1 defeat to the Merseysiders. Burkart's mother is from England and he opted to join United despite interest from a number of clubs in his talents. With the Academy side short of out-and-out strikers, he added speed and punch to the attack but, understandably, took time to settle. Kieran McKenna commented: "Nishan has come in this year and it's always a tough adjustment for someone coming in from a different country and club. He's a really nice kid who works hard and gets on with his job. He never moans and is always looking to do extra finishing and improve. He's a talented boy, really quick who likes to play on the shoulder and get through on goal. He's got a lot of development and improve to come and I look forward to seeing how he develops over the next stage." Five goals in 25 appearances (17 as a starter) during the 2016/17 season was an impressive tally for Burkart who caused problems for opposing defenders during the season. The following season, Burkart continued to progress as he improved on his appearance tally from the previous campaign. The young forward appeared 22 times over the course of the season as United won the Under-18 Premier League North title, with the young Swiss continuing to cause problems for defenders as he bagged 12 goals for the Reds.