Burnley signed a number of new players over the summer following their return to the Premier League, however, one of those appears to be injured.
What’s the latest Burnley injury news?
The Clarets and Vincent Kompany have endured a frustrating start to life back in the top flight, losing four of their opening five league games so far this season. A point away from home against Nottingham Forest alongside defeats to Manchester City, Aston Villa, Tottenham and Manchester United have left Burnley in 19th place.
They have also been without a number of players through injury in recent weeks, with Darko Churlinov, Michael Obafemi, Victor da Silva, Hjalmar Ekdal and now Johann Berg Gudmundsson all sidelined.
The club brought in 15 new players over the summer, one of which was Nathan Redmond, and the Englishman has also been missing from the squad over the last two fixtures after making three appearances from the bench in the league and starting the EFL Cup win over Nottingham Forest.
Sport Witness shared a story regarding Redmond’s situation in the last 48 hours after a story in Turkey said that he left Besiktas fans ‘disappointed’ with his decision not to renew his contract and join Burnley instead.
They added that Redmond’s world has ‘fallen apart’ with his lack of playing time with the Clarets, but journalist Gokmen Ozcan has personally spoken to the player and explained that his absence has been due to injury: “I talked to Nathan Redmond. He said that he could not be in the squad for the last matches of his club, Burnley, because he was injured.”
How good is Nathan Redmond?
It remains to be seen how long Redmond could be out for ahead of this evening’s EFL Cup trip to Salford City, but when fit, the 29-year-old will offer plenty of experience to Kompany’s side.
Lauded as an “explosive” player by journalist Sam Tighe, Redmond contributed to 10 Super Lig goals in 25 appearances for Besiktas last season and has featured on 267 occasions in the Premier League, mainly for Southampton.
Kompany, who actually started Redmond as a central midfielder against Nottingham Forest, appears to be a big fan of the player, saying after a move was completed: “Nathan brings a wealth of experience from playing in the Premier League and more recently from his time in Turkey where he’s been outstanding.
“We’re looking forward to playing a big part in his next chapter. He’s got a great work ethic, plenty of skill and a willingness to continue learning. He also brings his personality and character to this football club which will benefit the younger players here.”
Despite Redmond’s absence, Burnley haven’t been left with a shortage of wide options, with the likes of Manuel Benson, Luca Koleosho and Wilson Odobert all options from the right-hand side for Kompany and co.
Hopefully, Redmond will be available for selection once again relatively soon, where he will provide Kompany with another versatile option going forward in the coming months as Burnley look to climb the table following a tricky start.
Chelsea may have had a stop-start campaign on the field this campaign, but this hasn’t stopped one talented defender from confessing that he would like to move to Stamford Bridge, according to recent reports.
What’s the latest news involving Chelsea?
The Blues have endured a rather sobering start to the Premier League campaign and sit 14th in the table with just five points from their opening six fixtures, which was compounded by a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge last week courtesy of a strike from Ollie Watkins, as per BBC Sport.
Malo Gusto received a straight red card for a challenge on Lucas Digne in the encounter and will undergo a suspension alongside striker Nicolas Jackson, who has accumulated five yellow cards this campaign, leaving Pochettino short in the final third. Nevertheless, the Argentinian coach has confidence that he can turn things around in SW6, as he stated in his post-match press conference: “We are confident in the way we perform – the only thing we are missing is scoring and if we keep working hard we will change. I am not frustrated, just disappointed. I think we were the better team until the red card.”
Confusion reigns in west London following a difficult start to this campaign for Chelsea and coach Bruno Saltor has left the club due to having his contract terminated amid a backroom staff reshuffle, as per Sky Sports.
Chelsea have made their worst start to a league season since 1978 and have failed to score in their last three league fixtures despite spending a colossal amount of money on squad improvements during Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali’s tenure in SW6.
Speaking on the Talking Transfers podcast, 90min reporter Graeme Bailey has claimed that Chelsea could look to enact a swap deal involving Roma striker Tammy Abraham and loanee Romelu Lukaku as a potential solution to their goalscoring woes.
Who has said they want to join Chelsea?
As per Ekstra Bladet, Lecce defender Patrick Dorgu has signalled his intention to move to Chelsea despite interest from Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona in his services.
The Denmark Under-21 international, who is labelled as a unique talent in the report, stated: “Chelsea is my dream to play for. I’ve been a fan of them for over ten years, so playing for them would be a huge dream.”
Dorgu has made a strong start to 2023/24 for his current employers, registering one assist in six appearances for Lecce across all competitions, as per Transfermarkt. The 18-year-old has made his presence known at the heart of Lecce’s backline this term, winning around 1.2 challenges per match in Serie A, according to Who Scored.
Predominantly utilised as a left-back, Dorgu has also provided a threat offensively for his side in 2023/24, successfully carrying out seven shot-creating actions in his time on the field, as shown on FBRef.
It is unclear if Chelsea are actually keen on Dorgu or if he has purely stated his ambition to potentially move to Chelsea at a later stage of his career; nevertheless, the Blues are well-covered at left-back, with Ben Chilwell, Ian Maatsen and Marc Cucurella to pick from.