Player News - Burnley

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Burnley announced the signing of defender Stephen Ward to a new two-year contract with an option for a third.

After losing Michael Keane this summer, it remains critical for manager Sean Dyche to keep intact his remaining defense; and Ward is one of its key figures. The week only gets better for the 31-year-old, who scored a spectacular goal against Chelsea in the Clarets' stunning 3-2 win at the home of defending champion Chelsea. "It’s great and long may it continue. I’m delighted to have signed. It’s just great to be part of a club like this at the minute and hopefully we can have another successful season."
Aug 14 - 10:56 AM

Burnley kicked off the season with a 3-2 win against Chelsea on Saturday, in match that saw the Premier League champions finish with nine men.

Manager Sean Dyche could not have asked for a better start to the campaign. The Clarets took full advantage of a 14-minute red card by Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who was sent off for studs-up challenge, as Sam Vokes fired a first-time strike past Thibuat Courtois 10 minutes later. The visitors would go on to double their lead through Stephen Ward on 39-minutes when the fullback smashed home a left-footed volley, while Vokes grabbed his brace with a powerful header four minutes later. The outing had its twists and turns in the second however, with Chelsea pulling two back and Cesc Fabregas also seeing red, but Burnley held firm to secure all three points at Stamford Bridge.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 12 - 12:37 PM

Jon Walters has ingratiated himself to his new manager and supporters by scoring in both of his first two pre-season matches with the latest coming against Preston North End on Tuesday.

Walters is likely to be a reserve behind Andre Gray and Sam Vokes who scored the winner on Tuesday but knowing that there is some effective depth available to him will be great news for Sean Dyche. The arrival of Stoke City veteran Walters to a fairly thin Burnley squad isn't a sexy addition but might be exactly the sort of move that insulates them from being one injury away from near-certain relegation.
Jul 27 - 12:55 PM

Burnley have moved to add some veteran depth in the form of Stoke City right back Phil Bardsley who signed on a permanent move for £2m.

With Glen Johnson getting more and more fragile with age, you have to expect that there is another move coming at the Britannia Stadium. Johnson certainly can't be counted on to play an entire season and Bardsley actually started 14 matches last season for Mark Hughes' side. Perhaps Hughes will employ a makeshift option behind Johnson in the event of injury this coming season but, if that isn't his plan then he'd better get shopping as the inbound defenders - Josh Tymon and Kurt Zouma - are a left back and a center back respectively with neither a) proven or b) a right back.
Jul 25 - 4:43 PM

With his contract expiring with Leeds United this summer, Charlie Taylor has signed a four-year deal to join Burnley.

Last year, Jon Flanagan was brought in on loan to compete with Stephen Ward at the left back spot, but Ward successfully fended him off. That may not be the case this season with the acquisition of Taylor, who won Player of the Season in the Championship's 2015/2016 season. 23 years of age, Taylor had been with Leeds since the age of nine. Now, he will get his chance in the top flight and will be one to watch out for in fantasy this season. It is a quiet signing now, but there is potential for Taylor in all formats, so keep him in the back of your mind as a late-round punt in your fantasy draft.
Jul 12 - 3:59 AM

Burnley have agreed to a deal with Swansea City that will see Jack Cork join the Clarets on a 4-year contract for a fee of around £10m.

Cork knew the writing was on the wall regarding his future with Swansea after the signing of Roque Mesa, saying the club "just signed someone in the same position, we had a lot of midfielders and it was going to be a difficult year." While Cork is a solid defensive midfielder, he offers forward threat in comparison to Mesa, so they potentially have upgraded a position while making a profit at the same time. Meanwhile, the Clarets have money to spend since parting ways with Michael Keane and Cork should be one of a few signings in store this summer. Burnley, of course are short one midfielder with the departure of Joey Barton. He will compete for playing time in the middle of the park with Jeff Hendrick and Steven Defour. Cork has no fantasy value in the FPL format, but could be useful in other formats if he nails down a role as a regular starter.
Jul 12 - 3:46 AM

Jon Walters has signed a two-year contract with Burnley after completing a transfer from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

Walters has aged surprisingly well for a player who has always had limited talent. Despite his advancing age (he'll turn 35 just after the start of the upcoming season) he appeared 23 times for the Potters last season and scored 4 goals. He'll never be confused with a prolific striker but for a side like Burnley who banked on a stout defense to survive relegation last term you can see Walters as a late match substitute who will come in to close out wins and draws with his energy.
Jul 7 - 2:40 PM

Burnley's strong season came to a poor end as they were defeat 2-1 by West Ham at Turf Moor.

The Clarets took an early lead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of season, but a strike by Sofiane Feghouli four minutes later and a late header by Andre Ayew proved too much for the home side to overcome. Burnley were unlucky to concede what ended up being the winning goal as Tom Heaton did well to stop Emilison Fernandez but the ball dropped kindly to Ayew, who headed into a wide open net from inside the six-yard box. All things considered, though the results sees them finish in 16th, it was fine season for Sean Dyche's side. The club ends the term having picked up 33 of a possible 40 points at home, while securing top-flight football in consecutive seasons for the first time in the Premier League era.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 1:03 PM

Burnley may be guaranteed another season in the Premier League, but Saturday showed there's still work to be done.

Despite missing Michael Keane and Ben Mee, the Burnley defense held its own, conceding only one goal before equalizing thanks to Sam Vokes' ninth goal of the season. The Welsh international found space in behind the Bournemouth defense and flicked home a goal in the 83rd minute that looked to steal a point from the Cherries. But the Clarets had a lapse in concentration two minutes later, allowing Joshua King to score the match-winner in the 85th.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 12:30 PM

A thrilling second half that saw four goals, two scored by Sam Vokes as Burnley earned their 40th point with a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Forty points is the target number for avoiding relegation, and the Clarets are now there, though mathematically they have not clinched safety just yet. In a contest between two sides that have a reputation for leaning on their defense, it was not surprising to see the match goalless at halftime. An absent Michael Keane would finally be felt in the second frame though, but it was Vokes that opened the scoring in the 56th minute, turning in a cross from Ashley Barnes. The Clarets would allow the Baggies to equalize ten minutes later, then saw West Brom surge ahead with 12 minutes to go. Barnes came to the rescue in the 86th minute, looping a header over the keeper following a Robbie Brady free kick. It has been a positive sign that Vokes, Barnes and Andre Gray have all gotten on the scoreboard over the last two games.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:02 PM

It may be the only time they do it all season, but today Burnley were able to win on the road, scoring early and again late to upset Crystal Palace, 0-2.

And with that, Burnley can surely rejoice in spending a second straight season in the top flight. In a season that completely depended on positive results at home, the Clarets took a step forward by getting their first road win in eighteen attempts. Ashley Barnes opened the scoring in the 8th minute, finishing from close range and assisted by Stephen Ward. Ward would pick up a knee problem that he tried to play through, but needed to call it a day just before halftime. The Clarets managed to avoid a potential penalty awarded to Palace and despite plenty of possession for the Eagles in the final third, Burnley kept things tidy, with James Tarkowski contributing to a clean sheet in his first league start. Andre Gray came on as a substitute in the latter third of the match, and sealed the points by finishing well after service from a George Boyd through ball.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 29 - 2:33 PM

Jon Walters has not trained since missing out against Swansea last weekend and is a doubt to participate against West Ham at the Britannia on Saturday.

Mark Hughes will likely try to continue to get Saido Berahino back to the form that saw him rise to stardom at West Brom. He also doesn't have a great deal of choice with Jon Walters, the only other reliable "small" forward option, looking like he won't make it back from a knee complaint in time for Saturday's match against West Ham. If Walters does make the squad the fact that he hasn't trained this week probably means that he won't do more than make a reserve appearance.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:30 AM

Swansea City is starting to come healthy again just in time for the final run-in in its desperate chase to avoid relegation.

The Swans currently sit two points behind Hull City in the final relegation place. Ahead of the weekend clash with Manchester United, manager Paul Clement confirmed that Martin Olsson, Jack Cork and Leroy Fer are all participating in training as of Friday: "Martin Olsson has made good progress and he should join training tomorrow. Leroy got a dead leg and it has kept him out of training but he is also back tomorrow. Jack Cork has had a full week. So they are all in contention, we have to make an assessment of the physical work they have put in as to whether they start or are on the bench. We are almost at full strength."
Source: Wales Online
Apr 28 - 12:33 AM

Joey Barton will appeal his 18-month suspension after he admitted a Football Association charge relating to betting on matches.

The Burnley midfielder is said to be "very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction" and if Barton is unsuccessful in having his ban reduced, then it’s unlikely he will ever play professionally again, certainly in the top-flight. At the age of 34, Barton admits: "The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players." Barton was reunited with his former boss Sean Dyche in January following an unhappy stint at Rangers, and has enjoyed a successful return to Turf Moor. However, his contract will be terminated with immediate effect, if his ban for placing 1,260 bets between March 2006 and May 2016, breaching FA Rule E8, is not reduced. Steven Defour is poised for a return at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Source: Daily Mail
Apr 27 - 5:07 AM

After a delay of several weeks, the FA have punished Joey Barton with an 18-month ban for his decade-long gambling offenses.

The FA initially charged Barton back in early March, but the disciplinary hearing was delayed for several weeks because a chief investigator on the case fell ill. This allowed Barton to make a few more appearances for Burnley but, with a 34-year-old banned from football for a year and a half, one has to speculate whether Barton may have kicked the last ball of his professional career, a career with no shortage of controversy. While his temperament led to trouble both on and off the pitch, he has been able to succeed at a high level as a midfield enforcer, most recently helping Burnley to the top flight last season. Whether or not this is the end of the line for Barton, it is hard to imagine him fading quietly into the sunset. For the handful of fantasy managers who had been using Barton in draft leagues, it is now safe to drop him.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 27 - 4:32 AM



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