It’s been a long season for Burnley in the Premier League.
The Clarets have managed just four wins in 23 matches, and sit one point clear of the relegation zone.
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Despite the team struggling and in need of some help to survive the drop, Burnley was extremely quiet during the transfer window, failing to bring in any new players.
After deadline day, The Sun reported that Burnley’s upper management had sent an email to agents just hours before the transfer window closed in search of any last-minute deals. The report stated that because of Burnley’s wait until the final hours of the window, the team missed out on three target signings.
Today the club has released a statement regarding the report, in an effort to clarify their position.
As deadline day approached, Burnley had identified its main targets.
Two of those deals were actually agreed, both between clubs and the players, but regrettably the selling clubs decided not to proceed at the last minute, leaving Burnley Football Club looking to recruit elsewhere to add to the squad before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
The email suggested in the newspaper article was sent as a general sweep of selected agents, who naturally are best placed to become aware of any last minute movements in the market regarding their players.
These often occur late in the day through the ‘domino effect’ of last minute deals, where players are suddenly deemed surplus to requirements.
You can read the full statement here.
While Burnley has responded to the reports, it doesn’t change the fact that they still failed to improve the club over the transfer window. They kept lead goal-scorer Danny Ings, but did not bring in any of the creative midfielders or playmakers they need to help create more opportunities for Ings or take pressure off of the striker.
With the relegation battle so tight in the Premier League, a January signing could make the one or two point difference that could possibly save a struggling club. If Burnley finish in the bottom three, they will look back at this transfer window as a missed opportunity.