After a change of ownership, much was expected from Burnley in this transfer window. Unfortunately, it followed a similar theme – picking up bargains here and there.
Major incoming transfers at Burnley:
1. Nathan Collins
Nathan Collins arrived at Burnley from Stoke City after a breakthrough season in the Championship. He made 22 appearances in the Championship, where he won 25 of his 31 tackles, made 27 interceptions, 59 clearances, and 13 blocks. Burnley moved in swiftly for the player, who is clearly showing bags of potential.
Nathan Collins will play under Sean Dyche, a great manager for a defensive player. Dyche helped improve defensive credentials of Nick Pope, Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, and Ben Mee. He will be hoping to continue his development at Burnley.
Wayne Hennessey arrived from Crystal Palace after his contract expired with the Eagles. The 34-year-old Welsh international comes with bags of experience and will play second fiddle to Nick Pope. Hennessey will be hoping to push the England international for a place in the first XI.
Wayne Hennessey is an interesting addition to the squad, and one could even argue that it is the bargain of the summer. He has played over 100 Premier League games and was ever-present in Crystal Palace’s first team before Vicente Guaita arrived at the club.
3. Aaron Lennon
The former Tottenham Hotspur player rejoined Burnley on a one-year contract this summer in what is considered a surprising turn of events. Lennon left Burnley last summer after his contract expired, to join Süper Lig club Kayserispor. He made 36 appearances for the club but failed to score a single goal but registered five assists. He returned home after his contract expired with the Süper Lig club.
At 34, nobody expects him to be in the first team week in and week out. But he will be a good option for Sean Dyche to call up from the bench if he needs help.
4. Connor Roberts
Burnley signed the Welsh international from Swansea for an undisclosed fee. With his contract at Swansea set to expire in a year’s time, Burnley saw an opportunity to get a talented player at bargain money and took it. Now it’s time for Roberts to make the step up and prove he can make it into the top division as well.
5. Maxwel Cornet
This was one of the transfer sagas of the summer. Maxwel Cornet had made 252 appearances for Lyon scoring 51 goals in that time.
But after the financial crisis and lack of Champions League football, Cornet was unwanted at Lyon and was asked to find a new club. The player rejected the idea. Then began the saga. Burnley bid for the player, but Lyon rejected it. Then later, when Lyon did accept the bid, the player was unsure. But finally, Burnley’s persistence paid off and they got their man.