Burnley are reportedly interested in extending Jack Cork’s stay at Turf Moor, with the 31-year-old set to be offered a new deal.
Cork has been a favourite of Sean Dyche throughout his time at Burnley, missing only one Premier League game in the previous two seasons and starting 30 times in the division this term before a recent injury ended his campaign prematurely.
The midfielder’s statistics for 2019/20 have largely been moderate, with match averages of 1.9 successful headers, 1.2 successful tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.6 shots, 0.4 key passes and 30.8 passes (as per WhoScored). He does, however, have the squad’s fourth-highest passing success rate with 77.9%.
Whether he will continue to feature regularly in future years at Turf Moor is debatable – fellow central midfielder Ashley Westwood has been virtually assured of a starting place whenever fit and has contributed two goals and six assists in the current league campaign. Meanwhile, Josh Brownhill has broken into the team in recent games and, at 24, is seven years younger than the ageing Cork.
However, Burnley’s midfield lost substantial experience two weeks ago with the departures of Jeff Hendrick and Aaron Lennon, who have made 354 and 537 career appearances respectively, upon the expiry of their contracts.
Even if Cork struggles to win back a regular berth in Burnley’s midfield from next season, his experience of 264 Premier League games could be a huge asset to Dyche’s squad, while the manager is very much aware of what the 31-year-old can bring to the side.
Are Burnley right to offer Jack Cork a new deal?
Also, given the recent losses of Hendrick and Lennon, and the threadbare nature of the Clarets’ squad, it would be a significant plus to secure the services of the experienced midfielder for another few years if they can persuade him to extend his stay at the club.
Burnley fans, how big a boost would it be if Cork signs a new contract at Turf Moor? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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