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Burnley would take a leap towards Premier League survival by beating Cardiff City to sign this 27-year-old seasoned campaigner – Agreed?

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Burnley should beat Cardiff City to sign Matt Phillips from West Brom

According to the Daily Mirror, Cardiff City and Burnley are set to battle it out for the signature of West Brom winger Matt Phillips in January.

The 27-year-old Scottish international has only 18 months remaining on his current contract and he has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new deal. (h/t Mirror)

Both the clubs are battling relegation in the Premier League and have set their sights on Phillips but West Brom are likely to fight tooth and nail to hold onto their star man in their bid for promotion.

Phillips has been in prime form for the Baggies this season in the Championship, accumulating 5 goals and 6 assists from 22 appearances. The 27-year-old, who has the experience of playing in the Premier League with Queens Park Rangers, Blackpool and West Brom, is a seasoned campaigner in English football who can add a lot of value to both Burnley and Cardiff City.

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Phillips is a conventional right-footed right-winger by trade but he has also been used on the left and as a right-back due to his defensive qualities. He is known for his pace, power, drive and determination and can prove to be a handful for any opposition with his direct style of play.

He might not be a technically gifted player as such but he makes up for it with his application and never-say-die attitude. A player known for his high levels of stamina and work ethics, the Scotsman plays with a positive body language and always puts in his hundred per cent on the pitch. While he is adept at making space and creating chances in the final third with his immaculate crossing, he tracks back and helps out his defenders as well.

Phillips has averaged 2.1 key passes, 1.8 dribbles and 2.4 crosses per game in the Championship this season.

To put things into perspective, Burnley can do their chances of survival a world of good if manage to have the final say in this transfer saga. A series of lacklustre performances in the first half of the season saw the Clarets sink into the relegation zone, but Sean Dyche’s men have managed to breathe life into their campaign with back-to-back victories over West Ham and Huddersfield Town in recent weeks.

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Burnley sit 16th in the standings, just above Cardiff on goal difference and two points clear of Southampton in the relegation zone. As things stand, they need some fresh faces in January to boost their chances of survival in the Premier League.

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In all probability, the injury to Aaron Lennon has prompted the Clarets to pursue an interest in Matt Phillips. Burnley currently have Johann Berg Gudmundsson as the only option down the right while Dwight McNeil and Robby Brady are there to provide options down the left. Hence, someone like Phillips will not only provide cover for Gudmundsson but will also be a back-up for the likes of Matthew Lowton and Phil Bardsley at right-back.

That said, Burnley should go all out to sign him in January as he has all the experience and the quality to save the club from the jaws of relegation.

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Burnley would bag a massive coup by hijacking Arsenal’s move for this 24-year-old English ace and here is why

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Burnley Opinion: Why the Clarets should beat Arsenal to sign Solly March?

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Arsenal are interested in signing Brighton and Hove Albion winger Solly March.

The Englishman, 24, has impressed in Brighton colours this season, starting 26 games. He was instrumental off the bench as the Seagulls came from two goals down to beat Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-finals last weekend, scoring a last-gasp equaliser from a free-kick.

The report adds Arsenal scouts are impressed with Solly March and believe the skilful winger could make an immediate mark at Arsenal next season should the move materialise.

While March could be the winger the Gunners desperately lack in their ranks, Burnley should look to hijack Arsenal’s move for the Brighton attacker as Sean Dyche’s side are also in need of a versatile winger.

Burnley have endured a torrid campaign and lie just two points above the relegation zone in the 17th position.

They are on a run of four consecutive defeats at the moment that has piled a lot of pressure on Dyche of late. Dyche has a job in his hand to secure the Clarets’ top-flight status and in the summer look to reinforce his squad.

A winger has to be at the top of Dyche’s list, considering the lack of options he has in the wide department.

At the moment, the Burnley tactician has Robbie Brady, Aaron Lennon, Dwight McNeil and Johann Gudmundsson at his disposal. Brady spent three quarters of 2018 on the sidelines, while Lennon will turn 32 next month. McNeil has been a shining light in a difficult season for the Clarets, making the most of chances given by Dyche.

Adding a player like March would go a long way to solve Burnley’s problems in the wide department. The versatile attacker will add some much-needed pace, energy and unpredictability to the Clarets’ play in the final third.

Burnley have lacked real guile and creativity to unlock defences for the most part of the season.

A player in the mould of March would help to do that, whilst providing a tinge of flair when required. The former England U21 international is also highly versatile and can operate in multiple positions across the frontline.

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He primarily plays as a left winger but is also capable of playing on the right or in the hole behind the striker.

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The potential acquisition of March will undoubtedly bolster Dyche’s attacking options at the Turf Moor. March has plenty of pace to burn and is a very productive dribbler with the ball at his feet. His work ethic and eagerness to help his team defensively makes him a perfect fit for Burnley.

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Bournemouth’s goalkeeping crisis would be solved if Eddie Howe signs any of these 3 shot-stoppers – Agreed?

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Bournemouth Opinion: 3 ideal replacements for 39-year-old Artur Boruc

Bournemouth were one the Premier League season’s first-half surprise packages as they were able to really shell-shock some of the bigger clubs with the assistance of free-scoring, in-demand striker Callum Wilson.

Other than this, youngster’s have Ryan Fraser, Adam Smith and David Brooks have stepped up to the plate for Eddie Howe’s dynamic side this season. While everything looks in order at the Vitality, closer inspection provided various flaws.

While there are still additions required in both defence and midfield, the most alarming situation is that of the goalkeeper at this club.

The Cherries currently boast two Premier League veterans in Artur Boruc and Asmir Begovic. Reports from The Sun are now linking them with a move for Jack Butland of Stoke City.

While Boruc is 39, Begovic is still only 31. However, neither of them have performed up to the required standard and going into next season, it would be smart on Bournemouth’s part to sign a young goalkeeper who can nail down the starting role at the Vitality.

Here are the three keepers Bournemouth should target who could easily take over as number one at the Vitality:

Jack Butland

The Stoke City goalkeeper has ample experience playing Premier League football and is still only 26-years-old. He has the potential to return to the top-flight and perform at the highest level for many years to come.

Having played regular football in the Championship even this season, the Englishman has notched up 14 clean sheets from his 36 league appearances and also boasts a clean slate in terms of bookings. His composure makes him the ideal candidate to replace Artur Boruc.

Joe Hart

The former English international keeper had a largely unsuccessful spell in Italy when he made the switch to Torino on loan from Manchester City. As it became clear that his time at the Etihad was over, he moved on to Sean Dyche’s Burnley last summer.

The 31-year-old has kept 4 clean sheets from his 19 league appearances this season but his regularity in the squad has been limited due to the stiff competition that he faces from Tom Heaton. He still has many good years ahead of him and Bournemouth could result in Hart’s return to former glory.

Benjamin Lecomte

This Montpellier goalkeeper has been in fine form in Ligue in this season and has really come to the fore over the last few years. A product of the same club as Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi, the former Lorient man is still only 27-years-old.

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He joined Montpellier in the summer of 2017 and has conceded only 34 goals from his 28 league games this season. Having kept 9 clean sheets along the way as well, Eddie Howe needn’t think twice about making a move for this talented French star.

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“Captain Morgan to the forefront”, “Loved the captain and madders today”: Some Leicester fans share joy after 2-1 win vs Burnley + Match Report

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Leicester City Match Report: Burnley 1-2 Leicester City

Leicester City claimed all three points with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Burnley at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

With Burnley in desperate need of a positive result to steer themselves to safety in the top-flight, Sean Dyche’s side showed more intent right from the very beginning. The Foxes had the worst possible start to the game, with Harry Maguire sent off in the 4th minute for a professional foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson just outside the box. The Icelandic international hit the post from his resultant free-kick and the Foxes managed to survive an early scare.

Brendan Rodgers sacrificed Demarai Gray to bring on Wes Morgan to fill in the gap at the heart of the defence but Burnley continued their dominance on the proceedings. Chris Wood ran clear through on goal, only to be denied by a last-ditch challenge from Wilfred Ndidi. Wood was once again in the thick of things, with the New Zealander firing his header just wide of the post from Gudmundsson’s cross.

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Leicester needed a piece of inspiration to get back into the game and James Maddison produced a bit of magic to put the Foxes in front, curling a fantastic free-kick over the wall and into the top right-hand corner of Tom Heaton’s goal. The visitors had the game well under control despite having a man down and Burnley were forced to sit back and absorb the pressure for a while.

Burnley, though, found the equaliser before half time. Jonny Evans gave the ball away inside his own half and Charlie Taylor, left with acres of space down the left, teed it up for Dwight McNeil who swept it past Kasper Schmeichel to draw the Clarets level.

Jamie Vardy created lots of problems for the Burnley defence with his enthusiasm to get in behind the backline but it was Maddison who tested Heaton with a routine effort from range early in the second half.

Burnley managed to have more of the ball in the second half and dictated the tempo but they lacked the final pass to create clear-cut chances. The home fans might have felt that they should have had a penalty when Charlie Taylor was brought down inside the box by Ndidi, with replays showing that the Nigerian had probably clipped left-back.

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Leicester, though, defied their numerical disadvantage and found the winner in injury-time. Substitute Wes Morgan headed it home from close range in the 91st minute to hand the Foxes all three points.

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While Brendan Rodgers should be a pleased man after bagging those three points, Burnley still have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid relegation.

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What was written on @Madders10 ‘s shirt? Come on Leicester!! #BURLEI— London J (@V8VelocityUK) March 16, 2019

More late drama as Wes Morgan’s later winner helps a 10 man @LCFC take all three points at Turf Moor. Early red card for @HarryMaguire93 but his centre back partner took all three points on the road #BURLEI pic.twitter.com/h4ZQ5ti3Ur
— JG Football Stats (@JGFootballStats) March 16, 2019


FT. Burnley 1. Leicester 2. Foxes won despite playing with 10 for almost whole game #BURLEI
— Doug Bailey (@DougB325) March 16, 2019


Captain Morgan to the forefront. Get in there #BURLEI
— Marc Capel (@Chippie67) March 16, 2019


I bloody loved the captain and madders today!😍@Madders10 @vardy7 #lcfc #BurLei pic.twitter.com/yR1yEQszSV
— Jacqueline (@Abundance247) March 16, 2019


Pundits saying “Leicester need to get rid of the old guard”. Vardy scored in his last 5 before today, Kasper making last minute saves, and Wes scoring last minute goals. 🤷‍♂️🦊 #BurLei
— Callum Bradsworth (@CallumBradswort) March 16, 2019

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