Player News - Burnley

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Jeff Hendrick appeared to be everywhere, Steven Defour assisted on both goals and Burnley surprised Watford 2-0 at Turf Moor on Monday.

The Clarets continue to be their limited but organized and tenacious selves but Steven Defour has proven to be a solid spark from midfield and, on this day, that was more than enough. Neither goal will be up for Goal of the Week let alone Goal of the Year but the three points are huge for Sean Dyche's side as the battle to avoid relegation appears to have many entrants. Hendrick and Defour were the major stories along with Michael Keane who scored his first-ever Premier League goal to provide Burnley the insurance goal they needed down the stretch.
Sep 26 - 4:58 PM

Sean Dyche revealed that Ashley Barnes will miss Burnley's Monday night match against Watford, but insists that the forward his close to returning to contention.

According to Dyche, Barnes is "still struggling" but that it is "nothing too serious." With Andre Gray absent until Week 10, it leaves Sam Vokes as the only real option to lead the line for the Clarets. We should see then the same 4-5-1 formation that Dyche went with last week, unsuccessfully, against Leicester City, with Steven Defour playing an advanced role "in the hole". Burnley have shown little to attract investment in fantasy leagues but Vokes and Defour could deliver nice returns this evening considering Burnley are playing at home against a side that has yet to register a clean sheet.
Source: HITC Sport
Sep 26 - 7:22 AM

Jon Flanagan is still waiting to make his first league appearance for Burnley after arriving on loan from Liverpool this summer.

Sean Dyche insists that Flanagan is "in contention" and "training with the group" but it is unclear as to why, after nearly eight weeks with the club, he has yet to make an appearance in league play. He did feature for the Clarets in their EFL Cup tie with Accrington Stanley a month ago, so one would assume he is up to fitness by now. The whole idea behind his loan move was that he would be assured more playing time than if we would have remained with Liverpool, but so far that has not been the case. Perhaps we will see a glimpse of him this evening when Burnley host Watford, but for now, he is off the fantasy radar.
Source: HITC Sport
Sep 26 - 7:16 AM

Burnley's attacking struggles look to only get worse after Andre Gray received a four-match ban from the FA for misconduct.

The charges relate back to the 25-year-old's homophobic Twitter posts from 2012, when he played at Hinckley Town. Despite issuing a public apology and meeting with an independent commission, Gray will miss be held out of action until Week 10 (Oct. 29), missing Premier League matches with Watford, Arsenal, Southampton and Everton. "Burnley Football Club and Gray accept the Independent Regulatory Commission's decision, which relate to historical posts made before Andre joined the club in August, 2015," the club said in a statement. "Gray himself regrets the posts and has pledged, in an apology, to continue to improve, both as a person and role model to others." Without Gray, the Clarets will likely turn to Sam Vokes while Patrick Bamford could receive his first start for the club.
Sep 23 - 5:37 PM

Burnley FC are struggling to find goals in recent weeks and Andre Gray has been especially unproductive.

Burnley have scored once in their past three league games, a Steven Defour strike in Week 4 against Hull. With the additions to Defour and Jeff Hendrick to the Clarets midfield, the hope was that there would be better service provided to Gray and improve the attack which relied so heavily on Danny Ings in their last top flight appearance two seasons ago. That has not been the case though. Gray has been giving fantasy managers next to nothing in three weeks, managing just two shots with none on target in that time. Last week was particularly poor, as Gray was caught offside on three occasions, playing as the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation rather than Burnley's typical 4-4-2 look. Gray will look to turn things around with two home games but confidence in using him for fantasy is non-existent at the moment.
Sep 21 - 7:14 AM

Burnley had no answers with their attack or their defense, leading to a very one-sided affair as Leciester City defeated the Clarets comfortably, 3-0.

The Clarets defense put in a hard-working shift in the first half, trying to keep the match level as their attack struggled to threaten Leicester with anything, but the Foxes broke through just before halftime and went into cruise control in the second half, with the scoring being capped off via an own goal by Ben Mee. Burnley have conceded seven goals in their two road games so far this season and combined with an attack that cannot seem to provide service for Andre Gray, it is a major concern for Sean Dyche. Jeff Hendrick made his debut in this one as Gray was deployed as the lone striker with Sam Vokes relegated to a bench role.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 17 - 12:06 PM

Matt Lowton has quietly been a stellar player for Burnley FC through the first four matches of the season.

It may not be expressed in the FPL format but Lowton is checking several statistical boxes in other fantasy formats, making him Burnley's most productive player so far this season. He logged six crosses against Hull City in Week 4 and the Clarets lost a clean sheet in the dying embers of the match. Burnley are going to have to lean on their defending as much as their attacking if they have designs on staying up in their second promotion in three years. The underlying stats should get the attention of FPL managers looking for a 4.5m option, as his crosses should translate to the occasional assist and he looks primed for bonus point returns when Burnley get a positive result.
Source: ESPN FC
Sep 14 - 3:40 AM

Burnley suffered a last-minute heartbreaker to only come away with a point against Hull City at the Turf Moor.

Summer signing Steven Defour scored his first Premier League goal in the 72nd minute after taking a pass from midfield partner Dean Marney in what looked to be the match-winner entering stoppage time. But in the final play of the match, defender Ben Mee took down Tom Huddlestone outside the box, leaving Robert Snodgrass to convert a free-kick in the 95th minute to steal a point away from their fellow newly-promoted side. Both Jeff Hendrick and Patrick Banford made their debuts for the Clarets as second-half substitutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 10 - 12:27 PM

Andre Gray has requested a personal hearing with the FA to discuss the misconduct he has been charged with for tweets he made back in 2012.

It has been two weeks since the Twitter scandal has been exposed and it is quite unclear what sort of punishment Gray may face. It would seem that there will not be resolution before the Clarets play their Week 4 match against Hull City, as a date for the hearing has not yet been set, so Gray owners have some reason for optimism in the short term. However, it is unclear exactly what the FA have in mind should they decide to punish Gray for comments he made four years ago. FPL owners should have a transfer plan ready to go should Gray be given a suspension while draft league owners will simply need to ride out whatever time he might miss on their respective benches.
Sep 6 - 8:04 AM

Dean Marney came off early in Burnley's loss to Chelsea last weekend after picking up a knock, but he should recover in time for Week 4.

Marney was removed 72 minutes into the match against the Blues but has a couple of weeks to shake off the knock. The problem for him is, the Clarets brought in Jeff Hendrick on deadline day which will severely threaten Marney's starting gig. Central midfield was the most needed area for Burnley to upgrade and Sean Dyche was able to do so with the acquisitions of Hendrick and Steven Defour. It remains to be seen if their presence will help the fantasy potential of the Clarets other attacking weapons but it certainly looks more promising than before.
Sep 2 - 7:37 AM

Burnley have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland centre midfielder Jeff Hendrick from Championship club Derby County for an undisclosed club-record fee, believed to be about £10.5 million.

After an impressive Euros campaign and a decent season with Derby in their failed promotion push last year, Hendrick earned his move to Turf Moor. He has signed a 3 year deal. In his time at Derby, Hendrick played 214 times scoring 27 goals. He will presumably push Dean Marney out of Burnley's starting XI unless he is pushed to his less preferred position on the left flank, where he would challenge Scott Arfield. Burnley beat off competition from Hull for the Dubliner's signature, having had a much smaller bid rejected earlier in the summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 31 - 11:35 AM

Burnley have loaned out striker Lucas Jutkiewicz to Championship side Birmingham City for the remainder of the season.

With Andre Gray and Sam Vokes the current preferred strikers and the addition yesterday of Patrick Bamford, it makes sense for the Clarets to loan Jutkiewicz out, as he stood to gain next to nothing in terms of playing time for Sean Dyche. The move itself has no direct fantasy impact but it does give Bamford the outright position of "next in line" behind Gray and Vokes for now, and should feature in the matchday squad as a substitute.
Aug 31 - 8:04 AM

Chelsea have sent striker Patrick Bamford to Burnley FC on a season-long loan spell.

This deal was reported yesterday but becomes official today, as Bamford is loaned out to a third Premier League side since last summer. His previous two stints, half-seasons at Crystal Palace and Norwich City were entirely disappointing, making only thirteen combined appearances for two sides that did not have top-level strikers to block him from playing time, but he failed to score a single goal and it was a year that surely stunted his development. He is still only 22-years-old though and had an excellent campaign two seasons ago when loaned to Middlesbrough, so there is still hope for a breakout. He is firmly behind Andre Gray in the pecking order but could challenge Sam Vokes for starts at some stage in Sean Dyche's 4-4-2 system. He is only worth adding in fantasy draft leagues if you are desperate for a striker that might eventually be of use.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 30 - 6:48 AM

A deal is in place and nearing completion that would see Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford join Burnley FC on a season-long loan deal.

According to manager Sean Dyche, "It's just a few i's getting dotted and t's getting crossed' before the deal for Bamford gets done. The Clarets would mark the third top flight club the Blues have loaned the young striker out to since last summer, and his spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich City did little for his development. He only made thirteen combined appearances for the Eagles and Canaries, failing to score a single goal. There is still belief in the 22-year-old though, who was fantastic for Middlesbrough in the Championship during the 2014-2015 season, scoring seventeen goals in 39 appearances. Dyche prefers to start two forwards and Andre Gray looks to have one of those spots nailed down. If Bamford is to challenge for starts, it would likely come at the expense of Sam Vokes. He will probably bump Lucas Jutkiewicz in the squad's depth chart.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 28 - 5:11 AM

Burnley could not keep pace with a lively Chelsea side and hardly threatened to score on the day as they take a 3-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

The Clarets were unable to build upon a surprising win against Liverpool last week and had no answers in attack or defense against Chelsea. After conceding their second goal to the Blues, they had their best chance to score when Scott Arfield found the space to score with a low drive but it drifted just wide of the far post. Despite letting three goals past them, it could have been much worse were it not for Tome Heaton, who made several quality saves. Burnley have a much more promising fixture after the international break to get back on the right track when they host Hull City.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 27 - 12:04 PM



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