Forget Robbie Brady: Why The Duo Of Scott Arfield And Charlie Taylor Has What It Takes To Replace The Irishman

Robbie Brady

How Can Burnley Cope Without The Presence Of Robbie Brady

Burnley made quite an impressive start to the Premier League and won the hearts of fans and critics alike. Sean Dyche was applauded for the way he built the team and led them to victory, which in turn helped them secure a spot for themselves in the top-10. Although they are at 7th spot now and are level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, they were dealt with a massive blow in the form of an injury to one of their most crucial players, Robbie Brady. Unfortunately for the Clarets, this is not a knock he can recover from anytime soon.

In fact, the player requires surgery and may have to miss the rest of the season. Brady had to be taken off on a stretcher hardly half an hour into Burnley’s game against Leicester City last Saturday. They eventually lost the game but more than anything else, the fans will be disappointed at the prospect of losing Brady for the remaining season. This seemed like the one time that they could truly fight for a top-5 finish but with a player as important as Brady out, Dyche will have his work cut out for him.

The worst part of this whole situation is the fact that it happened right at a time when Brady was finding his groove at the club. He proved to be a dynamic creative outlet and also acted as Burnley’s best dead-ball specialist. In his own way, he chipped in with his efforts to help bring the Clarets to where they are today. While his absence will be a setback, all is not lost for Burnley. They still have some players who can step up and fill the void.

For example, Scott Arfield could be a strong option on the left flank while Charlie Taylor could also be deployed in that area now and then. If Dyche feels extra adventurous, he could always change his formation and tactics to provide space for an extra attacker, thus minimising the effect of Brady’s absence. It is indeed unfortunate but this could be a good opportunity for Burnley to show that their team does not revolve around one man.

There can be plenty of chances for Burnley’s other players to shine. Also, Dyche is known for extracting the best out of his players and there is a strong chance that he will be able to do that even now. That approach has got him positive results so far but the road ahead will get tougher and more challenging. However, the Clarets do seem like they are strong enough to rise above this setback and all eyes will be on them as they face Watford next.

Written by Meghna Sengupta

Editor @ Soccersouls. Lives in Chennai, and a Manchester United fan.
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