A Wrong Move? – 3 Players Burnley Should Have Avoided Signing
What a season it has been for Sean Dyche’s side so far. Despite being a newly-promoted side, the Clarets have held on firmly to being among the top 10 sides in the points table for quite long. They have also made the season quite a memorable one by beating defending champions Chelsea on the opening day encounter – a win they will remember for a long time.
With the Clarets looking to seal a top 10 or higher finish for the first time, Dyche and his players will be looking to build their momentum in the top flight. However, they need a strong squad to do so, and their decisions in terms of signing players have not always been the best. Hence, here’s a look at three players Burnley could have avoided in the recent years.
Long was a regular a few seasons back but he failed to make much of an impact even back then. In fact, Burnley looked a lot stronger at the back whenever he did not feature for the club.
The defender has seen himself fall down the pecking order once Michael Keane arrived, but even now, the player doesn’t seem to be making any significant contributions. Also, Ben Mee hae switched to centre-back, and has proven his mettle there. Thus, the Irishman has not done much for Burnley since he joined and it might even be time for him to consider an exit.
Although he is currently on loan with Walsall, Agyei has failed miserably at Burnley. The 20-year-old striker was signed in the summer from AFC Wimbledon after impressing immensely in the lower leagues with his pace and power. However, he did not break into the first-team at Burnley, and honestly, even if he returns from loan, Agyei may not find as many opportunities at the club.
He is a young player with immense potential and should possibly seek an alternative club since his future under Sean Dyche does not seem too bright.
There wasn’t much mourning among Aston Villa supporters when Ashley Westwood departed for Burnley – and with good reason. The 26-year-old is yet to justify why Sean Dyche paid such a handsome sum for his services in January.
Westwood may be a safe pair of hands; a neat and tidy midfield player, but he is hardly a player capable of inspiring supporters or hogging the headlines. Hence, after failing to do much at his former and present clubs, Westwood joins the list of some of the worst Burnley signings in recent years.