Player News - Burnley

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Burnley striker Andre Gray has found himself in hot water after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.

The charges relate to inappropriate tweets from 2012 which surfaced in the wake of Burnley's unexpected 2-0 triumph over Liverpool where Gray was the star. The tweets, which were homophobic in nature, contravened FA Rule E3. The tweets date back to a time when Gray, 25, played for non-league outfit Hinckley United. In recent days, Gray has apologised for the comments and distanced himself from the beliefs expressed describing himself as "not the guy [he] was back then." He has until next Wednesday at 6 pm to respond to the charges, for which he is likely to receive a suspension and/or a fine.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 23 - 12:42 PM

Steven Defour enjoyed a very positive debut, collecting an assist in Burnley's 2-0 win over Liverpool.

It is only one appearance, and an abbreviated one at that, but Defour is looking like a very good signing for the Clarets, who need some class players to help the club stay up this time around. Defour is clearly a significant upgrade over David Jones and we should expect for him to be one of the first names on Sean Dyche's team sheet week after week. He only played 56 minutes against the Reds but he helped Burnley score their second goal by leading a breakaway and feeding Andre Gray. That may be the regular scoring combination going forward and Defour may emerge this season as a useful fantasy option.
Source: ESPN FC Asia
Aug 23 - 6:39 AM

Liverpool failed to build on their win over Arsenal last weekend when they visited Turf Moor where they lost 2-0.

Sam Vokes got the hosts off to a stunning start with a well place near-post shot after spinning Dejan Lovren on the edge of the box. Their top scorer from last season Andre Gray doubled their lead before the first half came to a close. Liverpool had over 80% of possession and 26 shots but they managed to hit the target with a meagre 5. Liverpool failed to penetrate the Clarets' well organised defence with their attacks, instead being reduced to wild long-shots. Coutinho was among the most wasteful. The Reds will need to find a replacement RB and GK if they're to challenge for Champions League football this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 20 - 12:02 PM

Burnley have made an upgrade to their central midfield by signing Steven Defour from from Anderlecht for a club-record £7.5m.

Once sought after in his younger days by Sir Alex Ferguson, Defour finally gets the chance to show his talents in the Premier League with the Clarets. He brings a good amount of experience, having won multiple league titles in Belgium and Portugal with Standard Liège and FC Porto, respectively, and has earned 46 caps to date for the Belgian national team. He does not offer too much in the area of goal-scoring, having totaled more than four in a season just once in a twelve-year professional career, but he should provide a massive upgrade in influence for the Clarets in central midfield, at the expense of either Dean Marney or David Jones. Marney and Jones were regulars in Burnley's last visit to the top flight and considering they struggled in that campaign, an upgrade was needed. There may be some fantasy formats where Defour can add a bit of help but he is a speculative add with better prospects coming in this transfer window right now to choose from.
Source: Guardian
Aug 16 - 1:34 PM

Swansea City dominated Burnley in a 1-0 win at the Turf Moor in the Clarets' first Premier League match after a one-year absence.

The Clarets couldn't manage much at home against a weakened Swansea side who had recently lost its captain and top scorer, while star player Gylfi Sigurdsson started on the bench. Burnley only put three shots on target, but it forced Swansea City keeper Lukasz Fabianski into a series on excellent saves with Dean Marney, Sam Vokes and Michael Keane all coming close to a goal. Along with being the Premier League debut for rising phenom Andre Gray, who managed three shots, the loss marks the first league defeat for the club in 2016 after going undefeated in the second half of last season's Championship.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 13 - 12:36 PM

Burnley appear they will have to wait to see loanee Jon Flanagan in action as Sean Dyche feels the full back is not up to a proper fitness level yet.

One report has Flanagan as very unlikely to feature in the Clarets opener with Swansea City while another speculates that he may miss the first three games and not debut until after the first international break to allow Flanagan time to get ready. Dyche was quoted as saying "He needs work, we’ll do some testing over the next few days, but he hasn’t played a lot of football." However, Flanagan has yet to be formally ruled out. Stephen Ward in the meantime is attempting to overcome a hamstring strain in time to be the left back of choice this weekend. Should he fail to make it, Ben Mee would likely shift to that spot and another center back would take Mee's role.
Aug 9 - 10:18 AM

Burnley FC have secured the services of full back Jon Flanagan, who arrives on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp left the decision up to Flanagan a couple of weeks ago as to whether the 23-year-old wanted to spend the season playing for the Clarets and now, with a week to go before the opening round, Flanagan makes the move. He will immediately take over at the left back spot and, if he can maintain fitness, will start with regularity. The move doesn't have too much impact in the FPL game as his 4.5m price tag is comparable to fellow Claret defenders and though he is a significant upgrade at the position, it would be hard to imagine Burnley to suddenly have a rock solid back line that can be counted on for clean sheets with regularity. Still, if you are in need of a defender in a draft league that will give you guaranteed starts, he should be available and can be used in plus matchups.
Aug 5 - 11:11 PM

Stephen Ward was kept out of the squad for Burnley FC in their preseason win over Rangers this past weekend as the full back copes with a hamstring injury.

Ward was part of a rotation at the left back position for the Clarets last season, staring half of the club's league games with Ben Mee shifting from center back to left back on the other occassions. When Burnley played in the top flight a couple of seasons ago, he was a peripheral figure and looks to be again this time around barring an injury crisis with the arrival of Jon Flanagan. Sean Dyche stated that the veteran defender's hamstring would be looked at over the coming week to determine the severity of the injury. Whether he is fit for the start of the season or not bears little relevance in fantasy circles unless Flanagan is not ready to go.
Aug 2 - 10:40 AM

Ashley Barnes is set for an extended period on the sidelines after tests revealed his hamstring injury was more serious than originally thought.

Barnes limped off before halftime at Bradford on Saturday, but manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay growing concerns by suggesting the problem was only minor and his withdrawal was more of a precaution. However, it now looks like the striker is at risk of missing the start of the new Premier League campaign after a scan confirmed the extent of the damage. "Ashley is unfortunately going to be a bit longer than we hoped. We are not sure exactly how long yet but he’s tweaked a hamstring muscle," revealed the Clarets boss. "We are hoping it will settle down quickly. It’s nothing untoward but it could be a bit of time yet." There was better news regarding teammate Lukas Jutkiewicz, who was also forced off during the same match after complaining of muscular tightness. He trained on Tuesday and should come back into contention this weekend.
Jul 27 - 5:00 AM

Ashley Barnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz didn’t take any chances during the win at Bradford City on Saturday after the pair were replaced due to hamstring problems.

Barnes walked straight down the tunnel moments before half-time as Burnley cruised past last season’s League One play-off losers 4-1 at the Coral Windows Parade. However, manager Sean Dyche was quick to allay any serious concerns by confirming the striker had only suffered a minor tweak. "Ashley felt his hamstring and that’s why he just walked straight off," he said. "I’ve told the players to do that. There are no heroes at this stage and as soon as they feel anything at all they have to head off, because then there’s a shorter recovery period." Meanwhile, his replacement – Jutkiewicz – barely managed two-minutes after failing to return for the second forty-five. "Lukas was going to come out, but his hamstring was tight when he was warming up," revealed Dyche. "So I said not to push it. We want people fit."
Jul 23 - 1:45 PM

Full-back Jon Flanagan has the option, should he decide to exercise it, of joining Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.

Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of loaning Flanagan to the Clarets where he feels the full-back will get regular playing time. Flanagan is comfortable at left or right back but with Nathaniel Clyne firmly embedded on the right, Flanagan would need to battle it out with Alberto Moreno. One would argue that Flanagan is clearly a better defender than Moreno but Klopp's willingness to loan the Englishman out would indicate that he is either comfortable with Moreno or may yet again be dipping into the transfer market for another option before the summer window closes.
Jul 21 - 9:37 AM

Burnley FC have made their first significant signing of the summer, acquiring Johann Berg Gudmundsson from Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

Gudmundsson was one of the heroes of the Icelandic national team this summer at Euro 2016, starting every match and collecting one assist. He also racked up 11 assists last season for Charlton. His natural position is on the right wing but can also play as a center forward. He should be able to nail a starting job down if he can get acclimated to the rigors of the top flight, and he has already shown he is a hard-working player, as was displayed by the entire Iceland team this summer. His presence will have a negative impact on playing time for someone at Burnley, possibly one of George Boyd or Scott Arfield in the wide midfield positions or Sam Vokes if Sean Dyche decides to play him opposite Andre Gray. His fantasy outlook has potential but he should not be reached for in draft leagues, rather, he should be closely monitored early in the season for a possible waiver add.
Jul 20 - 1:21 AM

Iceland international striker Johann Berg Gudmundsson looks set to join Burnley from Charlton Athletic for a fee of £2.5m.

After the memorable performance Iceland put in at Euro 2016, it comes as no surprise that some of their regulars have drawn interest from Premier League clubs. Burnley struggled for goals in their last top flight appearance, and most of the goals they did manage came from the since-sold Danny Ings. Entering this season with Andre Gray, Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes as his main options, Sean Dyche looks to add another. Gudmundsson has English club football experience and certainly possesses an excellent work rate, as every Icelandic player displayed in France this past month.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 14 - 6:15 AM

Burnley has rewarded forward Ashley Barnes with a new contract following an impressive return from serious injury.

The 26-year-old's previous deal was set to expire after the upcoming season and Barnes' future looked grim after suffering a torn ACL at the end of the club's brief stint in the Premier League in 2015. But the forward returned for the final eight games of the Championship-winning season to help the Clarets back into the top flight. Barnes' three-year contract will now keep him at the Turf Moor through the summer of 2019. Said Barnes: "The main thing for me is getting back fit. I showed that last year towards the end of the season but not to the best of my ability."
Jul 10 - 8:32 AM

Sam Vokes headed home from a Chris Gunter cross to seal Wales' 3-1 victory over Belgium and a trip to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Wales' dream run continues after three unanswered goals brought the Welsh back from a goal down to move on. Ashley Williams equalized the Belgium opener. In the second half Hal Robson-Kanu made a brilliant turn to give Wales the lead and they doubled it late on Vokes' goal. Aaron Ramsey will miss the semi-final against Portugal after picking up another yellow card.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jul 1 - 4:50 PM


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