Player News - Burnley

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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

Burnley drop their fourth straight league game as they could not come close to matching the level of play by Wolves in a 1-0 loss.

A 1-0 loss doesn't seem too tragic, but Burnley were utterly dominated by their opponent today, despite a shake up in attack as Sean Dyche deployed two strikers, with Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes earning their first starts of the season while Chris Wood rode the bench. Burnley could only create a few chances all game, and they were half-chances at best. Instead, they found themselves on the back foot most of the match and relied on a few big stops by Joe Hart to keep the game level until Wolves finally broke through just after the hour mark. The next few weeks are crucial for Burnley's season, as they need to turn things around against some of the lower-tiered sides in the league.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 10:36 AM

The Clarets Europa League cup exit may prove to be a blessing for Sean Dyche after Burnley fell to Manchester United for their third successive Premier League defeat.

With just one point, Burnley have struggled to cope with the physical demands of combining European and top-flight football despite heavy rotation throughout the competition. Burnley looked jaded at home to United and found it difficult to break down the ten men after Marcus Rashford was dismissed for a headbutt on Phil Bardsley. Only five teams conceded fewer goals than Dyche’s men in 2017/18, but the Clarets have already been hit for four by Fulham while Watford left Turf Moor with three-points following a 3-1 win. Ben Gibson should be back in week five after missing Sunday due to a "bit of a tight lower stomach," while Robbie Brady will feature for the under-23s as he continues to build fitness. Johann Berg Gudmundsson [hamstring] is not "too serious," but the availability of Steven Defour remains a concern as he battles to overcome an ongoing calf problem.
Sep 3 - 5:47 PM

A vengeful Manchester United proved to be no match for struggling Burnley in a 2-0 defeat at Turf Moor.

After such an impressive campaign last season that saw them qualify for Europe, Burnley will head into the September international break winless in four and in the bottom three on just one point. The Clarets could only manage two shots on goal and looked sluggish after being bounced from European competition on Thursday, despite coming home to face an under fire United side. Apart from drawing a red card on Marcus Rashford for an altercation with Phil Bardsley there weren't too many positives to draw from the match other than Joe Hart's penalty save and eight saves. The good news is the schedule clears up after the international break, where Sean Dyche will have the chance to clear his players' heads.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 2 - 1:04 PM

Burnley's Europa League run ends before the group stage as they lost on aggregate to Olympiakos 4-2 after drawing 1-1 with the Greek side in the second leg.

This could be a blessing in disguise for the Clarets, as they may have not been prepared for the strain of added fixtures with a spot in the group stage of the Europa League. Sean Dyche was impressed with how his team performed in draw with Olympiakos, confidently declaring his side "dominated". Matej Vydra, who last saw top flight action with Watford, scored his first Burnley goal and by all reports the Clarets came away injury-free. Now, they can set their focus on the PL, something that may have been an issue in recent games, having conceded a whopping seven goals in their last two.
Aug 30 - 10:20 PM

Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been ruled out of Iceland’s upcoming Nations League qualifiers against Switzerland and Belgium.

The Burnley winger was forced off at Fulham on Sunday due to a suspected hamstring strain, and speaking ahead of the Clarets must-win Europa League tie with Olympiakos, manager Sean Dyche confirmed Gudmundsson has been ruled out for a minimum of two weeks: "It’s not too serious [but] he won’t make the international games during the break," he said. "It’s a loss to us, he had a good season [in 2017/18], a good summer and he’d started this season well." Burnley have taken just one-point from their opening three matches and the squad is already beginning to look a little stretched due to the physical demands of European football. But, hopefully, Dyche will be able to welcome long-term absentee – Robbie Brady – back into the fold next month with the Republic of Ireland international slated to play in successive games for the under-23s in September.
Aug 29 - 12:58 PM

James Tarkowski scored for the second game running, but the Burnley defense was blasted for a second straight time as well, getting blitzed by Fulham in a 4-2 loss.

One has to imagine that European commitments are already taking a heavy toll on Burnley as there is no other variable to account for what has been a complete 180 degree turn in ability to defend. Granted, they gave up the opener on a wonderful strike from distance, but Fulham, much like Watford last week, were having their way with the Claret rear guard. They drew level in the 10th minute on a strike by Jeff Hendrick but then gave up two goals in quick succession after the half hour mark. Tarkowski would pull one back, guiding a Ben Mee header home. Johann Berg Gudmundsson had to exit early with a knock and none of the substitutes could make an impact in the second half.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 26 - 1:11 PM

Robbie Brady, who is still working is way back completely from a ruptured tendon late last year, is set to appear in a match for Burnley's U-23 squad.

Brady was active in the preseason, looking to get fit for selection in the opening weekend of the regular season, but he experienced a minor setback on the eve of the new campaign. The U-23 game would come on Monday, ruling him out for Week 3 for sure and extremely likely to miss Week 4 as well. The league takes an international break after that round, so perhaps a target for a Week 5 return is a fair assumption. He will then need to re-establish himself in the XI, which may take additional time as Aaron Lennon and particularly Johann Berg Gudmudsson have been doing well in the two wide attacking positions. Brady could be useful in fantasy draft formats if/when he becomes a starter again, but he's probably not worth stashing unless your league has a deep bench. Steven Defour, also getting treated for a setback, was updated by Dyche to be still weeks away from joining the training ground.
Aug 22 - 4:06 AM

Burnley's performance in their home opener was not what one would come to expect based on their defensive record at Turf Moor last season, as they would concede three times to Watford in a 1-3 loss.

After opening the season with a road clean sheet, the expectation was for the Clarets to give their usual scrappy performance at home and stifle what was thought to be a pretty tame Watford attack. It could not have gone any more differently. Burley got caught on a counter-attack and Watford scored inside of three minutes. Just four minutes later, a Johann Berg Gudmundsson corner was turned into goal with an easy header for James Tarkowski. The Clarets wasted a big chance just before halftime and it would prove costly as the Hornets came out in the second frame thirsty for more, and would put two goals on the board in the first six minutes of the half to seal the outcome. Perhaps the result is a bit of an aberration for the Burnley defense but for it to come so early in the season, and having European commitments, it raises some concern.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 19 - 10:44 AM

Burnley officially announced the signing of Derby County forward Matej Vydra in a £11 million move.

The 26-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Clarets with an option for a fourth. Vydra's arrival adds some much-needed firepower to Sean Dyche's attack after the Czech international topped the Championship in scoring last season with 21 goals. Vydra arrives after two previous spells in the Premier League with Watford and West Bromwich Albion. "I think five years ago I was like a kid in the Premier League. Now I feel I have more experience in English football, I speak better English and I have learned more in England, so I hope I’m a better player than five years ago."
Aug 8 - 6:24 AM

Joe Hart has ended his 12-year affiliation with Manchester City after signing for Burnley in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £3.5m.

The England international had become surplus to requirements under Pep Guardiola having spent the two previous seasons out on loan at Serie A side Torino and West Ham United. Speaking in July, the City boss admitted that the club would "try and find a solution" for the goalkeeper who found himself behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo in the pecking order. However, after missing out on a place in the World Cup squad, Hart wasn’t keen on another temporary switch: "I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that’s obvious," he said after making his first City appearance since August 2016 in the friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund. "I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in [Russia] - and look where that got me." With Nick Pope [shoulder] sidelined for a significant period, Hart will compete with Tom Heaton and Anders Lindegaard for a starting spot.
Aug 7 - 6:25 AM

Burnley made their first signing of the summer, snatching up center back Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for a joint-record club fee of 15m.

After Alfie Mawson rejoined the top flight with his move to Fulham, Gibson was the next best center back product to pluck from the Championship. He was a steady presence for The Boro in their previous top flight stint, starting all 38 PL games. With European commitments this season, the Clarets desperately need to add depth to several positions, and center back makes the most sense, given their defense-minded philosophy. Whether he challenges Ben Mee or James Tarkowski straight away for a starting role out of the gate is up in the air, but one would think Gibson will start his career on the bench, provided the two established options are fit. Still, he could be a late round punt in draft leagues to see if he seizes a starting gig quickly.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 6 - 1:59 AM

Burnley will play İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. in the third qualifying round of the Europa League following a hard-fought extra-time win over Aberdeen.

The Clarets were pushed all the way by their Scottish counterparts and it wasn’t until the 114th minute, when Ashley Barnes converted from the spot to make it 3-1, that progress to the next phase was assured. "They came and played - and I mean that sincerely and not in any patronising way," Sean Dyche said post-match. "[They] made a real game of it and we’re delighted to come out on top." However, the victory came at a cost, as Chris Wood, Aaron Lennon and Stephen Ward were all forced off with muscular problems. Fortunately, none appear to be too serious and the decision was taken with one eye on next weekend. "We have a number of soft tissue injuries - not serious ones, but we’ve had to be really careful. That’s very difficult as a manager and we had to make a decision on Woody [abductor] and Aaron because his hamstring was tight, and Wardy just to make sure he was fine."
Aug 3 - 6:04 AM

Burnley officially announced that defender Matthew Lowton has signed a new three-year contract through the 2020 season.

Lowton has come into his own over the last two seasons as Sean Dyche's right-back of choice with more than 5,000 minutes logged in securing 17 clean sheets since being promoted from the Championship. The 29-year-old becomes the latest of Burnley's core, which led them to their first Europa League appearance with a seventh place finish last season, to sign a new contract along with James Tarkowski, Stephan Ward and Nick Pope. Said Lowton: "I’m enjoying it, the same as I was the first time I walked in, so I’m looking forward to a large amount of my career being spent here. Since I’ve joined, the manager has helped me no end on my defensive shape. The attitude here day-to-day is what I really need. I need to be on it all the time and the manager makes sure that everybody is."
Aug 2 - 4:34 AM

Those looking for a midfielder on a budget or at the back end of one's draft should not forget about veteran Aaron Lennon, who is enjoying a productive preseason.

With the transfer window closing in ten days, Burnley have yet to make a single acquisition. That makes predicting their XI heading into Week 1 as easy as one could ask for. The one factor that has changed - Robbie Brady is making his way back from a long-term injury, threatening the role of either Lennon or Johann Berg Gudmundsson. While Brady figures to eventually find a spot with his dangerous left foot, he limped off in his second appearance of the preseason last night against Montpelier. Sean Dyche will have to take it easy then with Brady, giving Lennon and Gudmundsson less to worry about. Lennon has scored twice already in the preseason and we should see him playing again when the Clarets play the second leg of their qualifying round in the Europa League.
Jul 31 - 1:48 AM



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