Note: This is the latest breakdown of transfer moves leading up to the 2018-19 Premier League season. This post will be updated throughout the transfer window as appropriate. \
I think this Burnley side has the quality for a top half finish and I don’t think that repeating continental competition is out of the question. They have shown that they can spend wisely, I anticipate them to reassess their transfer needs in the Winter Transfer window which might cause them to pay a little more, but they’ve also stayed out of the major bidding wars that would cost them astronomical amounts.
I would like to see their goals scored increase, though I’m very pleased with their goals conceded. I do think that they have a sufficient quality in Vokes and Wood. I honestly think they were rather unfortunate to have scored as few goals as they did; I think they’ll have a bumper season. Their defense is stout enough that they don’t need to increase it substantially, they just need to move to a positive goal difference. I think that’s likely to keep them in continental competition.
(Update: This Burnley side has added a few major additions and brought in some additional quality at keeper; I definitely favor them for Europa Leage).
- Ben Gibson ($18.5M from Middlesbrough FC) – I think Gibson is a magnificient capture for this club and will help really bolster their backline. He’s played a lion’s share of minutes for Middlesbrough and has done very well, he’s very young and looks set to only improve further.
- Joe Hart ($4.25M from Man City) – Hart has had a rough time with Man City, he was a starter for a good while although of late, he’s just been a loanee. He definitely had some marked dips of form (2010 World Cup anyone?) but I think his opportunities have dried up a little prematurely. His entire international career spans 75 appearances, with 41 clean sheets, and 45 concessions which puts him at about 143 minutes per concession (about 0.6 concessions/game). His statistics in the Premier League are almost as glowing; he’s made 321 appearances, with 123 clean sheets, and 342 concessions which is just barely over 1 goal/game. I think that regardless of whether he’s a backup keeper or a starter, I think he’s a great capture for this club and has the ability to help them in a number of ways.
- Matej Vydra ($13.5M Derby) – Vydra is another great addition to the club. He can be a threat from set pieces or long shots and has great finishing ability. Throughout the Championship with Derby last season, he scored 21 goals, adding 4 assists in 40 appearances. He’s averaging a goal every 128′ and the statistics from last season were based on him averaging only about 67′ minutes per appearance. I think Vydra will do well in this side and will benefit substantially from greater quality found in his Premier League side’s teammates. I think he scores easily 15 goals this season for Burnley.
- Scott Arfield (Free Transfer to Rangers) – Scott Arfield played better than his statistics indicate for the Clarets, but his fitness was definitely a concern after he nursed a calf injury for the second half of the season. Although they only have one other true left midfielder, I think they have enough depth with left backs that can also play in the midfield that I don’t really expect this to be a huge issue for them.
- Tom Anderson (Free Transfer to Doncaster Rovers) – Anderson was released and has joined a Tier 3 team, which probably better suites his ability. No real loss to the club with this departure.
- Dean Marney (Free Transfer to Fleetwood Town) – Marney was released and has joined a Tier 3 team, which probably better suites his ability. No real loss to the club with this departure.
- Chris Long (Free Transfer to Fleetwood Town) – Long was released and has joined a Tier 3 team, which probably better suites his ability. No real loss to the club with this departure.
Last update: July 30, 2018