Player News - Burnley

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Burnley looked more like the Clarets we grew accustomed to last season, throwing their bodies around to keep their opponent out and grinding out a 0-0 draw at Leicester City.

It seemed a tall task for Burnley to keep a clean sheet today, given their defensive struggles an an opponent playing with immeasurable emotion, but that is precisely what they did. The first half hour looked only a matter of time before they would concede, but solid goalkeeping from Joe Hart and a ball cleared off the line by Matt Lowton staved off the Foxes. The game would then slow down to Burnley's benefit, and they began to show some sign of attack in the second half, but their efforts resulted in half-chances and a missed half-volley by Chris Wood. Once Leicester began to regain control in the final stages, the Clarets looked satisfied in seeing out the draw.
Source: NBC
Nov 10 - 12:19 PM

Burnley have come crashing back down to earth in recent weeks, losing three on the spin and conceding thirteen goals in the process.

The Clarets began their mini revival by soundly beating Bournemouth [GW6], and followed it up with a win at Cardiff before drawing with Huddersfield. But the wheels have come off since. Sean Dyche’s men could be forgiven for shipping five at Champions City, and possibly, the four at home to title challengers Chelsea. However, a heavy loss to fellow strugglers West Ham, suggests Burnley are in for a long season. Their Europa League qualification campaign was built on a solid defensive foundation, only 39 conceded [17] at Turf Moor, but this year, after only eleven games, Burnley have a goal difference of minus 13. And following Saturdays defeat, Dyche was dealt a further blow with the news that Ben Gibson will go back under the knife. "Ben is going to have a hernia operation," he said. "They will look again and he will have some keyhole surgery. It shouldn't be a long one."
Nov 5 - 11:34 AM

Burnley are getting positively battered lately, giving up nine goals in their previous two matches and four more today, as West Ham United doubled them up, 4-2.

The trademark defensive displays we had grown accustomed to seeing from Burnley last season have completely flown the coop. It took the tenth minute to sum up their struggles lately as James Tarkowski made a meal of a simple pass and allowed West Ham to dispossess him and score. The Clarets were getting bossed in the first half but were given new life just before the break as Johann Berg Gudmundsson was able to slot home a nice pass from Kieran Westwood. West Ham went back on top after the hour mark but Burnley weren't finished, getting another equalizer, this one via a header by substitute Chris Wood off the bench. Only seven minutes later though, West Ham went back on top for good, though Wood nearly leveled it a third time on 85 minutes, but another headed attempt bounced off the bar. Sean Dyche doesn't have many replacement options to go on his defensive line but Tom Heaton, former captain and leader of a defense that played much better than this, continues to wait for a recall.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 3 - 2:21 PM

Sunday marked the return of Robbie Brady, ten months after his last competitive appearance for Burnley.

The Republic of Ireland international has been on the cusp for several weeks now, having fully recovered from a ruptured patellar tendon injury which ended his 2017/18 campaign prematurely. But, just when it looked as though Brady would rejoin the first-team, he would suffer a setback. However, after playing for the under-23s, Sean Dyche decided to recall Brady in game week ten and the 26-year-old came through the clash with Chelsea relatively unscathed, despite playing longer than initially anticipated. Dyche had planned on giving Brady around 70-75 minutes on his comeback, but midfielder Jack Cork rolled his ankle, and having already made two substitutions, Brady stayed on. "I think Robbie’s done great, he’s had to finish the game because of what happened. He’s done great to get through it physically." Both players will be assessed ahead of the trip to West Ham while Aaron Lennon [illness] is hoping for a return to the matchday squad.
Oct 30 - 5:44 PM

Robbie Brady made his long-awaited return to first team action, getting the start today against Chelsea, but the Blues carved the Clarets up as Burnley took a 0-4 loss.

Brady came straight into a starting berth and Burnley looked ready to challenge the favorites in the opening 15 minutes. Brady's influence on set pieces was felt immediately as he was hogging corners and free kicks. He nearly scored the opener on 17 minutes, catching Kepa off of his lines but dragging his effort just wide. Chelsea would break through five minutes later. Shortly after that, James Tarkowski headed a Brady corner just over the bar. That was about it for Burnley's attacking chances on the day as Chelsea completely dominated the second half. Sean Dyche's side will look to bounce back but Brady's return at least provides some positive news on the day and for fantasy managers looking for a midfield option.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 28 - 11:37 AM

Burnley stood no chance against defending champions Manchester City after four second-half goals in a 5-0 loss.

The Clarets were once again unable to stop Sergio Aguero, who opened the scoring in the 17th minute with his seventh goal in his last seven games against Burnley. But the controversy in the 54th minute opened the floodgates after the Burnley defense stopped playing when they anticipated a penalty. But David Silva continued the play and found Bernardo Silva for the second goal of the game. From there, Burnley conceded three more goals in the final 35 minutes as Joe Hart's homecoming ended in disaster.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 20 - 12:16 PM

With Stephen Ward having undergone surgery to repair his damaged knee, Charlie Taylor looks to have an extended chance to impress, but has yet to do so in fantasy terms.

The left back role has been Taylor's exclusively since Week 4, and now that we know Ward is going to be out for quite some time, one has to consider Taylor as a cheap route to the Burnley defense. Burnley have only kept one clean sheet since the opening weekend though, and that was the only game where Taylor scored above two points in the traditional FPL format. There seems to be little to get excited about in terms of attacking returns either. Taylor logged nearly 1,000 minutes last season and between then and now has yet to register an assist. With Johann Berg Gudmundsson on the left flank, all the chances are coming from the foot of the Icelandic international. Still, if you have a draft league that needs a starting defender, Taylor could provide a bit of help.
Oct 19 - 3:54 AM

Robbie Brady made a significant step toward his return to top flight action after putting in a full 90 minute shift and scoring a goal in a behind-closed-doors match.

Brady has been on the shelf since December of last year, with an attempted return in the preseason thwarted by a setback. This time around, progress has gone uninterrupted and this latest update would lead one to expect a return within the next month. Depending on the size of your draft league, he should be on your radar as a player to stash. Once fully fit, Brady is likely to find a regular role where his dangerous left foot can be utilized. Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been stationed on the left flank and has had great success, but he would likely shift to the right side in order to accommodate Brady. Assuming Sean Dyche sticks with his preferred 4-4-2 shape, Aaron Lennon is most likely to lose minutes with a healthy Brady available.
Oct 16 - 10:25 PM

Stephen Ward is facing a spell on the sidelines following surgery to remedy a niggling knee problem.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced to withdraw from the recent Nations League fixtures after aggravating the injury during the Carabao Cup defeat at Burton Albion last month. Ward met with a specialist who advised that a "tidying-up procedure" would be the best course of action. The 33-year-old has been restricted to just three Premier League starts this term – all in August – having also struggled due to a foot complaint. Charlie Taylor will now look to establish himself under Sean Dyche following a slow start to his Clarets career since arriving from Leeds United in 2017. Elsewhere, there was better news for Burnley as Robbie Brady [knee and hamstring] scored and completed 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday, a match which also saw Steven Defour handed some valuable game time. Ashley Barnes, Tom Heaton, Phil Bardsley and Chris Wood were named in a strong side which cruised to a comfortable 6-3 win over AFC Fylde.
Oct 16 - 4:12 PM

The 28-year-old center back has signed a three-year deal that will see him stay with the club until 2021.

Long has only made one substitute appearance this season after starting 16 games last year but is Burnley’s longest-tenured player after joining the club in 2010. With the signing of Ben Gibson, Long has moved further down the pecking order with the Clarets but it is alway good to keep good clubhouse guys around who can step in and do a job.
Source: Burnley FC
Oct 11 - 9:22 PM

The Clarets spent most of the game being overrun by Huddersfield but were able to escape with a 1-1 draw at home.

Early in the game it looked like it would be a vintage performance by burnley. After watching a good chance by Aaron Mooy fly over the bar in the 10th minute, the Clarets got their game going. The dangerous left foot of Johann Berg Gudmundsson found the head of Sam Vokes for the second straight game. But for the rest of the first half, it would be Burnley that was on the back foot as they were pressured by Huddersfield. The Terriers bossed the entire game but didn’t have much to show for it because finishing was letting them down in the final third. The Clarets broke in the 66th minute as Chris Lowe found the head of Christopher Schindler following a long throw to equalize 1-1. After that it was a nervy end of the game that saw Lowe go off injured for Huddersfield and Schindler receive treatment for a head injury. Burnley went for it in the additional eight minutes of stoppage time but it wasn’t enough.
Oct 6 - 12:07 PM

Sean Dyche reveals a decision on James Tarkowski will be made on Friday after the defender sustained a groin injury in the win at Cardiff.

The Burnley centre-back has been selected for the Three Lions upcoming Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain, but Dyche admits there are no guarantees over his fitness. "If he’s clear he’ll go away, if he’s not he won’t," he said. "Gareth and his staff are aware that he’s had a minor situation that we’re hoping will settle down, but he’s not definitely clear." Tarkowski took part in a light session outside on Thursday, and according to the club’s official Twitter feed, he is rated as "touch and go." If he does miss out, then Kevin Long will come into the side with Ben Gibson [hernia] also side-lined. Robbie Brady has a "slight" hamstring strain and won’t be involved but Dyche is hoping to have the midfielder back during the break. "He is close, but we have to remember he hasn't played a full 90 minutes since the [knee] injury [10 months ago]."
Oct 5 - 5:48 AM

Burnley made it back-to-back wins on Sunday with a hard-fought victory at Cardiff, but the result was marred by the loss of James Tarkowski who was replaced within half-an-hour.

There was an early scare after the Clarets centre-back was hurt blocking a cross during the opening exchanges, an injury which left Tarkowski requiring treatment before a return to play. But post-match, Sean Dyche admitted that, although the defender "got a sore one" on the shoulder, it was a muscular problem which forced the centre-back off on 27 minutes. "We’ll wait and see. It’s around the groin area but I don’t know the exact diagnosis." Tarkowski had surgery to remedy a niggling hernia problem in the close season and the Burnley boss will be hoping this latest setback is not related or it could lead to some significant time loss. With Ben Gibson [abdominal] still recovering from a minor surgical procedure, Kevin Long looks to be a solid budget buy ahead of the clash with Huddersfield Town in game week eight.
Sep 30 - 3:50 PM

After a tough start that saw only one point earned in their first five games, Burnley are finding form with their second straight win as Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored and then assisted the match-winner in a 1-2 win over Cardiff City.

Icelandic internationals have had quite the 24 hours in the league this weekend. Following up Gylfi Sigurdsson's brace for Everton yesterday, his compatriot was the star in the league's only match of the day. Following one of the poorer first half displays by any side this season, the Clarets were fortunate to enter the break on level terms. The attack finally woke up shortly after the restart, when Ashley Westwood send a looping ball toward the back post that Gudmundsson was able to head into a tight spot for his first goal of the season. Cardiff would level less than ten minutes later but the Clarets would respond with twenty minutes to play. That's when Gudmundsson collected an overhead ball on the left and crossed it to the middle of the box to find Sam Vokes who headed home. On a down note, James Tarkowski had to limp off inside the first half hour with an apparent groin injury.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 1:17 PM

Burnley had easily their best performance of the season, exploding for four goals and keeping a clean sheet in an eye-opening 4-0 win over Bournemouth.

After struggling through the first month and change, Burnley had a coming out party today. Looking to find some goals up top, Sean Dyche handed Matej Vydra his first start and the move paid off with the striker grabbing the opening goal by sticking home a rebound of an Ashley Westwood shot. Two minutes later, it was 2-0 when Aaron Lennon found the net with a sliding half-volley from a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross. Dyche made another smart move up top, introducing Ashley Barnes who would score a brace in four minutes, one from a rebound off the bar, another from a Lennon pass.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 12:01 PM



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