Player News - Burnley

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Matthew Lowton has signed a three year deal with Burnley.

The defender quit Aston Villa after he's been out of favor for months now and has decided to take this talents to relegated Burnley. This obviously means Lowton will not have any fantasy value and even if Burnley were to be promoted next season, he wouldn't be a great fantasy choice in the future.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 12:29 PM

Matthew Lowton seems set to sign with relegated Burnley after a poor Aston Villa season.

Lowton was arguably Aston Villa's best player just a couple of seasons ago but it's all gone downhill from there and he only featured in 12 matches this year. The defender will be a quality starter at Burnley, who no longer play in the Premier League, and will act as Kieran Trippier's replacement. Whether or not the move is completed, avoid Lowton in fantasy at all costs.
Jun 15 - 2:29 AM

Ashley Barnes is set for an extended spell on the sidelines amid fears the Burnley attacker may have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during Sundays’ final day victory at Villa Park.

An initial scan proved inconclusive but the club and player are preparing for the worst. If confirmed Barnes will become the third Burnley player since January 1, 2015 to rupture his ACL joining Kevin Long and Dean Marney and the fourth within the past 14 months after Sam Vokes missed the first half of the campaign having been injured back in March 2014. The ACL is one of the main knee stabilisers and although surgery is not always required in the case of an elite athlete it will be; success rates are high and recovery typically takes between 9-12 months.
May 27 - 5:04 AM

No result this weekend will keep Burnley from avoiding relegation, so perhaps Sean Dyche will view their final top flight match as a chance to ring in some changes.

Dyche stuck with the same XI for virtually the entire season, making changes for the most part only to adjust to injuries and suspensions. Now would be a good time to reward some of the peripheral members of the cast with some minutes, which would also give him an opportunity to evaluate his squad. Lucas Jutkiewicz, a star in their preseason but behind Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes in the pecking order, would seem an ideal candidate as well as defender Michael Keane, who is one of the better prospects for their future. They travel to Aston Villa this weekend and should find it tough as the Villans looks to bounce back from the drubbing at the hands of Southampton and boost their confidence ahead of their FA Cup final.
May 19 - 10:48 AM

If ever there was an appropriate way for Burnley to end their Premier League home schedule it was with a nil-nil draw and that's how it ended at Turf Moor against Stoke City.

Tom Heaton and the Burnley defense have been stout at home with only West Ham having conceded fewer home goals in the bottom half of the table over the season. Unfortunately for the Clarets no team has scored fewer goals either at home or on the road this season. Given that no venue in the Premier League has seen fewer goals this season, the fact that Turf Moor and the Clarets' supporters were treated to a hard-fought nil-nil draw as they prepared themselves to resume life in the Championship only seems appropriate. One can only imagine where the goals might come from when the club loses Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, their best two attacking players, this summer.
Source: espnfc.com
May 16 - 1:05 PM

Tom Heaton and the Burnley defense stepped up in an important game against Hull City and won 1-0.

Heaton wasn't very busy on the day but grabbed three saves on the way to a clean sheet and a win. Heaton has had a very up and down season but Burnley's horrible defense has made him a poor fantasy choice. Despite the win last weekend, Burnley are now relegated and it's unknown if they'll test some youngsters in their last match, making Heaton a weak fantasy choice this weekend.
May 12 - 7:21 PM

Burnley cannot seem to buy a goal these days but their defense came off a productive weekend despite the 1-0 loss away to West Ham United.

Burnley are now on six games played without scoring a single goal, with the past four matches all ending in 0-1 or 1-0 results. Their defense though has been respectable, conceding a total of ten goals in their last ten games combined. Despite keeping clean sheets in only two of those contests, Claret defensive options have shown to be productive, such as this past loss to the Hammers. Three of the four defenders reached double digit points in the Yahoo game, including Ben Mee who scored 11. They will be tasked to stop Dame N'Doye in a pivotal relegation battle this coming weekend.
May 5 - 10:51 AM

Burnley may be without the services of Sam Vokes for their visit of West Ham tomorrow, as the Wales international is dealing with a thigh injury.

The injury is considered minor according to Burnley's official website, and the forward may still be available to Sean Dyche tomorrow, probably hinging on how Vokes feels in the morning. Vokes had just begun to stake a claim in Dyche's XI, starting Weeks 29-33, but will have to take a step back at least for one more week. It isn't headline news from a fantasy perspective as the Clarets are in a deep attacking rut right now.
May 1 - 12:13 PM

George Boyd has been in a slump and it could not come at a worse time as Burnley are amid a dogfight to avoid relegation.

The Clarets have earned just one point in the last five matches and it coincides with a dip in form for the wide man. Known for his reputation to run all day, perhaps he is feeling the burn as the season wears down. He has been averaging under four points per game over his last four and really hasn't threatened the net since his memorable goal in Burnley's win over Manchester City. The Clarets travel to West Ham this weekend and the only player with any fantasy stock at the moment has to be the ever-steady Kieran Trippier.
Apr 29 - 10:25 PM

Jason Shackell had a terrible fantasy day in Burnley's loss to Everton over the weekend but the good news is that it gave him a nice price drop in fantasy.

The Clarets aren't looking the best club to shop for fantasy prospects right now because of recent performance, but while their attack has dried up lately, their defense has been pretty good. They will need the unit to step up this weekend when they host the upstart Foxes. Investment may not be wise, especially because of the double gameweek, but he may be worth scooping up at some point before season's end.
Apr 21 - 9:16 AM

Burnley have their backs against the relegation wall today after losing to Everton 1-0

The Claret ship is beginning to leak major water at just the wrong time, as Leicester City have hit a positive run of form while they themselves have gone four straight without scoring. They certainly played up for it and Kieran Trippier was his usual self, delivering plenty of balls to set up the likes of Danny Ings, but they were dealt a devastating blow just seconds before the halftime whistle when Ashley Barnes was booked for his second yellow, seeing him off the pitch. An anemic attack could ill-afford to lose one of their front line players and opportunities in the second half completely dries up as Toffee keeper Tim Howard was hardly bothered. It's not over yet for Sean Dyche's men, they have Sunderland and Leicester yet on the schedule, so they still have a say int their fate.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 18 - 12:18 PM

Burnley have now gone three straight without scoring a goal, making it difficult to trust any of their attacking options right now.

The timing of the drought could not be worse for the Clarets, as they fight to stay in the league. Danny Ings, the focal point of the attack, has been mired in a slump for most of 2015 but the team were still able to pick up points here and there with contributions from Barnes and George Boyd. Now, none of them seem to be in form. This makes even the mighty Kieran Trippier a bit overpriced when one considers removing assists from his arsenal if the goals aren't coming. They travel to Everton this coming weekend.
Apr 14 - 10:22 AM

Burnley applied defensive pressure throughout their 0-0 draw with Tottenham over the weekend and it may prove the difference in staying up this year, but a tough test in Arsenal are next up for them.

Of the clubs currently in and around the relegation zone, Burnley are playing the best defense and if they can just get Danny Ings to wake up, they may have enough to rise above the zone and stay in the Premier League for another season. However, Arsenal are next and the Gunners just made what was a sound Liverpool defense look abysmal, though Kolo Toure's presence certainly hampered them. The opponents get easier after that but then 3 of the next 4 are away from Turf Moor. Still, it should be an electric atmosphere in front of the home supporters this weekend after spirits are high in keeping Spurs out this past weekend.
Apr 7 - 11:18 AM

Burnley grabbed a vital point to keep pace with their fellow relegation-zoned rivals with a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor.

Burnley were a composed side today, not turning the ball over very much and applying constant pressure in defense. They had a few quality chances to get on the board but couldn't find the finishing touch. Danny Ings was especially frustrating in that regard, as he had a 1 on 1 with Michel Vorm and his shot went straight into the keeper's chest. George Boyd was his usual pesky self, nearly scoring in the final moments but it was not to be. The story was the defense and Heaton, who made a couple of crucial first half saves to keep the match level. It is a positive sign for their relegation fight as they may have the best defense of the clubs battling to stay up.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 5 - 10:44 AM

Michael Kightly, one of the few Burnley players with any top flight experience at the start of the season, looks to be a forgotten man at Turf Moor these days.

The Clarets do not have deep pockets to put it mildly, so even though Kightly isn't exactly All-World, when he was signed to a permanent deal from Stoke City after a successful loan spell saw him help Burnley gain promotion last season, it was for them, a major acquisition. However, the bigger impact signing has been George Boyd, who has nailed down a wide midfield position opposite Scott Arfield, and Sean Dyche has shown to keep the changes to his XI at a minimum. When Dean Marney went down injured, it could have opened the door for Kightly, but instead Ashley Barnes is out wide with Arfield tucked inside and Kightly hasn't so much as earned an appearance as a substitute for the past two matches. It wouldn't be surprising to see him request a transfer this summer.


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