What's going wrong at Burnley?

Published on 23 September 2023 at 13:00

Vincent Kompany's Burnley currently sit 19th in the Premier League on just one point. Although they have played the likes of Manchester City, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur the Clarets haven't done themselves much justice. I'm sure Kompany and his staff won't be panicking just yet though with so long of the season yet to play. Let's have a look at what's going wrong at Turf Moor this season.

The Luton Game

Burnley were meant to match up against four teams in Europe in their first six games, with the other games coming away at Luton Town and Nottingham Forrest. Everyone knows that Manchester City first game was going to be tough, a lot of fans were looking at the Luton fixture as their first winnable game. Due to Luton's stadium improvement's had to be rescheduled as Kenilworth Road wouldn't be ready in time for them to welcome the Clarets. 

With the Clarets coming off a tough 3-0 loss to last seasons treble winners, the newly promoted side will have welcomed the trip to Bedfordshire in hope of getting up and running. Unfortunately Burnley's second game would come at home to Unai Emery's Aston Villa, which the visitors coming away with a 3-1 win. There was a lot of positives to take away for Burnley but the negatives overlooked them. Due to not having the Luton game, the players heads have dropped because the Clarets form looks bad creating a mental block for the players. They played well against Forrest on Monday night but little moments let them down, now they've got that first point on the board the Clarets could kick on and maybe cause a shock result against a turbulent Manchester United.

New signings

During the summer transfer window the Clarets made a total of 13 signings during the summer, 15 including the signings of Jordan Beyer and Michael Obafemi following loan spells with the club last season. As everyone knows signings can take time to develop and settle into their new club and new system. Kompany's system is very unique, some players will adapt quicker then other for example Zeki Amdouni and Luca Koleosho have hit the ground running.

Burnley made a total of signings last season and they won the league. The gap in quality between the Premier League and the Championship is quite significant. New signings in the Championship can take their time to adapt to a new club. With the quality not being poor but significantly lower a mistake may go unpunished whereas in the Premier League for example a poor pass to a teammate could lead straight to a goal. In the Premier League the new players don't have the time to adapt and have to be up to speed basically straight away due to the intensity and quality of the Premiership.

Written by Joshua Lucas

Twitter - lucas15_josh

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