Premier League Preview: Burnley F.C.

TJ Lovenduski

2015/16 Finish: Promoted via winning Championship

Transfers In: Nick Pope (GK), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RW)

Burnley added some depth between the sticks by bringing in Nick Pope who has shown potential, continuing to move up the soccer ladder. Gudmundsson is a name people should recognize from the EURO 2016. He started every game for a surprise Iceland squad. He will definitely give Burnley an attacking threat down the right side of the field this season.

Transfers Out: Matt Gilks (GK), Joey Barton (CM), Matthew Taylor (LM), Lloyd Dyer (LM), Michael Duff (CB)

This offseason also saw a number of aging players exit the side on free transfer. The most notable name in this list is Joey Barton. He was named to the Championship PFA Team of the Year last season and has notable experience in the Premier League. His loss will be felt in the middle of the field.

What They Need/How to Improve:

The loss of Joey Barton leaves a hole in the midfield for Burnley. That’s something they’ll definitely need to address if they hope to stay in the Premier League. If they’re unable to find a competent replacement, they’ll likely find themselves back in the Championship come years end.

Key Player(s): Andre Gray (FW)

The big question for Burnley this season is going to be if they’re good enough to break down defenses in the premier league. In the 2014/15 season they had a huge problem scoring goals. It’s likely they could face similar issues this season. If that’s the case Gray is going to have to be on form. He’s going to have to convert his chances when he gets them. That’s going to be vital if they hope to see any success this season.

2016/17 Predicted Finish: 20

Last season saw Burnley return to the Premier League after being relegated the season before. They played great football ending the season with the highest goal differential in the Championship. That gives them a little momentum and confidence moving forward in their efforts to secure another season in England’s top flight.

 

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Author: Thrive Nation

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