Burnley have identified QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel as a transfer target for this summer, with the 22-year-old being lined up as a potential successor to the recently-departed Jeff Hendrick at Turf Moor.
Journalist Alan Nixon tweeted (via @reluctantnicko) that the Clarets are keen on the R’s winger, with the print edition of The Sun [5 July, page 61, via HITC] also carrying the story that the £8m-rated player is on Burnley’s wish list.
Hendrick, who had started on the right for most of Burnley’s Premier League games this term, left the club last week after failing to agree a new deal following the expiry of his existing contract.
With fellow right winger Aaron Lennon also seeing his contract run out and Johann Berg Gudmundsson injured, Sean Dyche has been forced to shift players out of position to play on that flank, with Josh Brownhill and Erik Pieters both filling in there since the league resumed last month.
QPR winger Osayi-Samuel carries a goal threat, having netted six times and provided eight assists for the Championship outfit this season. He can also switch to other roles on occasion, having played on the left wing, in a number 10 role and at centre-forward during the 2019/20 campaign. [via TransferMarkt]
The 22-year-old has stood out with his knack for beating opponents one-on-one, recording 2.9 successful dribbles per game this season – Dwight McNeil with 2.2 is the only Burnley player with a match average of more than one for this metric. Osayi-Samuel also averages 1.2 key passes per game, a figure bettered by just three players at Turf Moor.
A move for Osayi-Samuel makes perfect sense for Burnley, who have been very short of natural right wingers since Hendrick’s departure.
The QPR man is an effective presence out wide, as illustrated by his goal involvement figures (Hendrick was Burnley’s highest-scoring midfielder with only three this season), and also possesses tremendous dribbling ability. Plus, at only 22, he has plenty of scope to improve even further over the next few years.
Would Bright Osayi-Samuel be a good signing for Burnley?
For a potential fee of just £8m, this is a move well worth making for the Clarets, who can also offer the player Premier League football next season as an incentive to make the switch.
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