Burnley manager Sean Dyche could turn to two teenage talents to plug a hole in the squad that has arisen from injuries.
Lancashire Live reported that academy duo Max Thompson and Joe McGlynn could find themselves called up for some of the Clarets’ forthcoming Premier League games to compensate for the absences of strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood.
As per Lancashire Live, the former has definitely been ruled out of the trip to Manchester City on 22 June due to a hernia problem, while the New Zealand international is a major doubt for that game because of an Achilles injury.
The injuries to two of Burnley’s top three scorers this season have come at an inopportune time for Dyche as the Clarets end three months without football with a trip to the current Premier League champions.
Wood and Barnes have struck 17 goals between them in all competitions this term, with Jay Rodriguez the only other player at Turf Moor with more than three goals to his name in 2019/20 (as per TransferMarkt). The ex-Southampton man now looks certain to start at the Etihad on Monday week.
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However, with Matej Vydra the only other senior striker in Dyche’s squad and Burnley’s underage teams out of season, he could bring youngsters like Thompson and Joe McGlynn into the setup, especially with Premier League rules temporarily changed to allow for nine substitutes to be named rather than seven.
Thompson (18) has featured regularly in the Under-18 Premier League for the Clarets, scoring in a 10-0 thumping of Sunderland last September, while McGlynn (17) played against Manchester City’s under-18 side in the FA Youth Cup back in January.
Thankfully Burnley have already accrued 40 points this season and occupy 10th place, in far closer proximity points-wise to the top five than the bottom three as they prepare to resume their campaign without two of their three most potent players.
For Thompson and McGlynn, though, they will have seen how Dwight McNeil was thrust into the first team from the academy ranks and has gone on to thrive, racking up 58 senior appearances since his debut two years ago.
The teenage duo may see the upcoming games as their chance to emulate the 20-year-old winger by making the transition from youth team hopeful to senior mainstay.
Burnley fans, do you think youngsters like Thompson and McGlynn can make a name for themselves if they are called up for Premier League games? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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