A few people talked about Burnley as the one that’s going to be relegated this season. Last season in Premier League they were magnificent at home, but they’ve got only 7 points away. However, this season started excellent for Burnley as they managed to get 4 points in two away games against Chelsea and Tottenham.
Last season top scorer in Championship, Chris Wood, has signed for Burnley a few weeks ago and already has scored a very important late equalizer against Tottenham.
He played in Premier League before, but has never been given enough time to prove if he is a Premier League material. Last two seasons he played for Leeds where he scored 41 goals in 83 appearances for the club. After selling Andre Gray to Watford, Burnley managed to bring Chris Wood as his replacement. But how would you rate Burnley’s transfer business this summer?
If you look at a Bournemouth as a club that has similar ambitions and Premier League status, you can see that Burnley has done a quite better job in this transfer window. Other than Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth has managed to bring Jermain Defoe from Sunderland as a proven Premier League striker.
On the paper it looks like Bournemouth has done a great transfer business. However, once you look at the results, you can see that Bournemouth has had a really bad start of a season. They started this season with 1:0 defeat by West Brom. They had a few chances but they never managed to equalize.
Their second game was against Watford at home, and they managed to lose that game too. Third game was maybe their best game this season so far, they played with Manchester City at home and even though they had a lead they lost a game in the last minute. Bournemouth’s attack has failed as they only scored one goal in all three Premier League matches so far. Jermain Defoe hasn’t got enough time on the pitch and Joshua King and Benik Afobe hasn’t managed to find the back of a net too.
Burnley were successful on the transfer market?
Burnley, on the other side, has not only managed to bring a few great players, but they fixed their biggest problem as they pulled a win and a draw in two away matches against much better sides.
The fact that Burnley has Sam Vokes, Chris Wood and Nahki Wells in attack is implying that they want to finish this season much better than last year. It already has been proven that Tom Heaton is great goalkeeper, and their defense and midfield are all filled with excellent players. Sean Dyche is already loved at Burnley, but with last results against Chelsea and Tottenham, it appears that he showed everyone what a manager he is. His tactics and manager capabilities are not a question anymore.
With so many clubs struggling at a beginning of this Premier League season, it is more than obvious that the Clarets had a wonderful and rather optimistic start.
It appears that Chris Wood has the potential to become a most important signing for Burnley in this transfer window. A 25-years-old New Zealand international has been in excellent form playing for Leeds last two seasons and has already proved that he can score against top Premier League sides as Tottenham.
Looking at their style of play, it appears that Clarets are planning on bringing in Chris Wood as a substitute. As a tall and strong player, he seems like exactly the right person to take chances and score those late goals when the team needs that.
He scored 20 goals in 52 appearances for the New Zealand national team, proving that after all, he is an excellent striker.
So, is Chris Wood going to be Burnley’s new top scorer this season? Nobody can tell that. But will he make a difference? Yes, he certainly will.
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