15 July 2024

Burnley finally concluded a £40 million deal; a new super star will arrive tomorrow. Despite January’s closure.


Wilson Odobert has signed for Burnley FC (Image: Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

The last time Burnley were in the Premier League the entertainer was Maxwel Cornet. Aside from the Ivorian, Dwight McNeil’s crossing was something to get you on the edge of your seat. That is no slight on the battling, pragmatic and effective Clarets of yesterday, but things sure have changed a little bit in these parts.


Wilson Odobert – a French youth international and Paris Saint Germain academy graduate – is the latest member of Vincent Kompany’s wing school. The 18-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Turf Moor, where he becomes the ninth signing of the summer transfer window. Meaux born, Odobert netted four goals for Troyes in his 32 Ligue 1 appearances last season.


And he’s looking to take the Premier League by storm, saying upon signing: “The project here excited me, I really liked it. The manager, the team, the town. I really love it and it’s a really good project for me. I want to play as much as possible at Burnley. Do as well as I can with the team, stay in the team and play the best I possibly can for the Club. I like to play attacking football, to dribble with the ball and use my pace. I am ready for the Premier League now, it’s going to be amazing.”

It’s another addition for Burnley fans to get excited by, with Odobert an unknown entity in England and Kompany’s track record of unearthing European gems pretty faultless to date. Zeki Amdouni and Luca Koleosho were bright on debut against Manchester City, while Lyle Foster shone too. Manuel Benson, Anass Zaroury, Jordan Beyer and co were all crucial in last season’s title win.


Odobert has a big challenge ahead but the environment he is walking into looks the perfect fit on paper. His arrival does, however, plunge the possibility of Nathan Tella returning to Burnley into further doubt. Last season’s loan star and top goal scorer is back with parent club Southampton in the Championship; the Saints’ asking fee reported as £15million earlier in the summer transfer window.


And the number of attacking options at Kompany’s disposal is now significant. The Belgian had Zaroury, Benson, Koleosho, Amdouni, Nathan Redmond, Jacob Bruun Larsen and Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the match night squad against Man City. Also on board is Darko Churlinov. Luring Tella back to the Turf seemed like a must for Burnley this season, but with two-and-a-half weeks to go and space running out in the dressing room, perhaps last season’s heroics is as far as the journey goes.

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