Player News - Burnley

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It was confirmed by Sean Dyche following Burnley's defeat at the hands of Manchester City that Sam Vokes was absent from the squad due to an abdominal strain.

Vokes was on hand at the Etihad and it appears the injury is not serious, as it was not discussed prior to the game and Dyche didn't imply the striker would be missing further time. That may put him in contention to start next weekend's match against Newcastle, as the extent of Chris Wood's hamstring injury is yet unknown. Ashley Barnes provides a final option if needed, but their attack would be in much better shape if one Wood or Vokes is fit.
Oct 22 - 2:49 AM

Burnley's usually tenacious defense was up against a tough assignment and the Clarets would come away empty at the hands of Manchester City, 3-0.

Considering the opponent had been averaging just a shade under five goals a game over their last five, Burnley were not embarrassed in their efforts today against the Citizens. In fact, one could argue the match should have been level heading into the final 20 minutes. The Clarets gave up the opening goal by way of penalty and one could argue that City's Bernardo Silva took a dive. To make matters worse, Chris Wood had to leave the game in the opening half with what looked to be a hamstring strain. Still, Burnley put in their usual blue-collar shift and were still in the game heading into the final stages. Unfortunately, City delivered a one-two punch that put any hopes of a result out of reach. The Clarets will aim to pick up points next weekend when they host Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 21 - 12:15 PM

Burnley were unable to take advantage of 10-man West Ham and had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Saturday.

West Ham struck first when Michail Antonio scored his first goal of the season in the 19th minute, as the attacker tracked down a long ball from Joe Hart and rounded Nike Pope to finish. The Hammers were in command of the match until Andy Carroll was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in quick succession for aerial challenges to earn a first-half red card. Despite the man advantage however, Burnley were only able to find the equalizer. Chris Wood, who save shouts for a penalty denied in the first-half, leveled late on when he headed home Johann Gudmundsson's cross. The former Leeds man continues to be the Clarets best source of offense.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 14 - 1:15 PM

Burnley announced goalkeeper Nick Pop has signed a new three-year contract with an option for a further year.

The 25-year-old has impressed in the last month after being called into action following a shoulder injury to No. 1 Tom Heaton. In his stead, Pope has recorded three clean sheets from four Premier League matches in his first top-flight action since joining from Charlton Athletic last summer. Said manager Sean Dyche: "We were already in discussions with Nick before he had the chance to start the games he has done recently and we’re pleased they have been finalised. He had been working hard to continue his development out of the team. He is continuing that since he got into the side and we look forward to him progressing further as an important member of the squad."
Oct 11 - 5:07 PM

Burnley forward Jon Walters is set for more time in the treatment room as his recovery from a persistent knee problem takes longer than initially thought.

Sean Dyche revealed last month that the 34-year-old would "sidelined in the short term" due to an ongoing problem which required a visit to a specialist. Although the Clarets boss refused to give a timeline, it was expected that Walters would return in October, but it now looks like he will be another six weeks [at least]. After beating Wales to reach next month’s play off for the 2018 World Cup finals, news followed that Walters would not be available for the Republic of Ireland in November with some reports suggesting it could be after Christmas before he is ready for a return. Fortunately, summer signing Chris Wood has hit the ground running since his arrival [from Leeds United] with Burnley sitting in sixth place following an excellent start to their league campaign.
Oct 11 - 3:53 PM

Jeff Hendrick scored the lone goal and Sean Dyche continues to make a case as England's best manager as Burnley took three points on the road with a 0-1 defeat of Everton.

That makes eight points for the Clarets in their four road games when they collected only seven points all of last season. It was another case of an organized blue-collar defensive effort and a timely goal. That strike came in the 21st minute after a seried of 24 passes ended with Hendrick smashing it near the top of the box, assisted by Stephen Ward. Robbie Brady was involved in a couple of 2nd half chances that nearly doubled Burnley's lead, but they managed to make their goal stand with excellent defending from Ben Mee and James Tarkowski. The Clarets are sitting pretty in the table as they head into the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 1 - 11:20 AM

Burnley have signed free agent goalkeeper Anders Lindergaard to a contract that will last until the end of this season.

Lindegaard was once a part of the final seasons at Manchester United with Sir Alex Ferguson in charge, but since has been fading farther and farther away from top flight action. He joined West Brom in 2015 but was loaned out to Preston North End, where he last saw action. Nick Pope has done an adequate job thus far in place of the injured Tom Heaton, so one would assume Pope will have to have a bad game for Lindegaard to get a shot at run in the side. He is not worth a roster spot in any fantasy format at this point, even owners of Heaton in draft leagues.
Sep 21 - 6:14 AM

Burnley have completely turned their road form around from last season, once again getting a positive result as a Scott Arfield goal helped the Clarets to a 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

What a difference a year makes. After gong virtually the entire season last year collecting all their points at Turf Moor, the Clarets have earned a win and two draws in their first three road tilts this season. More impressively, the opponents have been Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool today. They went ahead in the 27th minute when a Robbie Brady cross looked to be touched by Chris Wood into the path of the surging Arfield, who scored a rare goal. Burnley could only let the lead last for three minutes before the Reds leveled, but another heroic defensive display, aided by a solid performance from the inexperienced Nick Pope helped stave off a Reds winner.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 16 - 12:00 PM

Burnley announced via their Twitter account that Jeff Hendrick is "fit and available for selection" this weekend when the Clarets travel to Anfield.

Sean Dyche began the season using a lone striker and three central midfielders but Chris Wood showed up when Hendrick missed out, and Dyche switched to a 4-4-2. With Hendrick fit now, it will be worth monitoring this weekend which formation Dyche opts for. As it appears for now, Hendrick would be the odd man out in a two-striker formation and Ashley Barnes would lose his spot in a lone striker setup.
Sep 15 - 2:12 AM

Burnley scored early thanks to a Crystal Palace error and defended bravely to hang on win 1-0, though Tom Heaton was forced off injured in the first half.

Chris Wood made an immediate impact as a substitute in Week 3 and continued his hot start as a Claret by scoring the game's only goal in the third minute. Lee Chung-Young made a head-scratcher of a back pass that Wood latched onto and looped over the keeper with a clinical finish. The mood was positive at Turf Moor until Heaton took the worst of a collision and looked to have dislocated his shoulder when hitting the ground, causing Nick Pope to come on for his PL debut. Pope was tested a couple of times and did well but credit is due to the entire Burnley defense as they spent the majority of the second half in their own final third, successfully fending off every Palace attempt. More to follow on the status of Heaton for Week 5.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 10:33 AM

Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick could feature for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday following a return to training.

Hendrick missed the 1-1 draw in Georgia due to the thigh complaint he picked up in game week two and it was expected that the international matches would come too soon. But, after responding well to treatment, the 25-year-old is back in contention for Martin O'Neill's men. Even if Hendrick fails to recover in time for the World Cup Qualifier, he is almost certain to available in game week four, to face Crystal Palace, although Sean Dyche may decide against tinkering with his side too much after gaining a valuable point at Wembley [versus Tottenham] just before the break. Scott Arfield performed well in his first start of the season while new signing Chris Wood is pressing Sam Vokes to lead the Clarets frontline after scoring from the bench on his debut.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 4 - 5:36 AM

Burnley have completed the signing of striker Nahki Wells from Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

The Clarets sold striker Andre Gray to Watford earlier this summer and while the club has already added Jonathan Walters and Chris Wood, manager Sean Dyche has further bulked up his frontline with the addition of Wells. The Bermuda international hit double figures in each of his three full seasons at Huddersfield, including 10 in 31 in 2016/17 as the Terriers secured promotion to the Premier League, but fell down the pecking order this summer following the arrivals of Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre. The 27-year-old will likely challenge for a spot on the substitute's bench once he recovers from an ankle problem. Until he's fit and his role becomes clear, fantasy owners in need of a forward should look elsewhere.
Aug 31 - 12:18 PM

Burnley put in a real workmanlike performance and a goal from Chris Wood on his Clarets debut in second half stoppage time earned a much-deserved 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Sean Dyche is proving to be a manager capable of getting the best out of what he has. His defenders threw their bodies around all afternoon, thwarting several attempts by Spurs, while Robbie Brady's crosses going forward provided the attacking threat. They would allow Totteham to score the opener shortly after the second half commenced but maintained their composure. Dyche turned to a two-striker formation in the latter stages, which led to Wood's introduction. Two minutes into stoppage time, Brady sent a clever ball into the area that would was able to chase down for a first touch finish. Tom Heaton had another solid game, coming up with a couple of big saves.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 1:04 PM

Burnley will be without Jon Walters when they travel to play Tottenham on Sunday, as the veteran has not recovered from an ankle injury picked up in League Cup play this week.

Walters has only been used as a substitute for Burnley's first two league games thus far this season, so his absence will not have much of an impact on Sean Dyche's selection this weekend. Walters is also at risk of missing international duty with Republic of Ireland because of the injury. Fellow countryman Jeff Hendrick is carrying a thigh complaint but has yet to be ruled out. Ashley Westwood could step in if need be in a like-for-like replacement or Dyche could consider a 4-4-2 with Chris Wood getting a shot up top alongside Sam Vokes.
Source: IB Times
Aug 26 - 4:13 AM

Burnley have found their replacement for Andre Gray with the acquisition of Chris Wood from Leeds United for a transfer fee of £15m.

On paper, this looks to be a fair bit of business for the Clarets. They sell the Golden Boot winner of the Championship from two seasons ago and get last season's Golden Boot winner in his place (Wood scored 27 goals for Leeds), at a savings of 3m and Wood is half a year younger than Gray. At the end of the day, what matters most is if Wood can make the leap to the top flight and return Burnley around 15 goals. The addition would allow Sean Dyche to return to a two-man striker partnership, with Wood sharing the pitch with Sam Vokes. Vokes certainly drew attention with a hot end to last season followed by an opening day brace but time will tell if Wood's presence eats into Vokes' goal output or helps Vokes and the rest of the attack to be a more formidable one. If needing help at forward in your fantasy league, Wood is definitely worth a look.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 22 - 5:23 AM


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