Burnley’s first European game in 51 years ended in a draw.
The Clarets earned a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds thanks to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League. Burnley travelled to Scotland to face Aberdeen in the first-leg. A late goal from Sam Vokes gave Sean Dyche a 1-1 draw to take home to Turf Moor.
Despite the result, a serious injury to goalkeeper Nick Pope overshadowed the occasion. The Englishman immediately sought assistance after a collision in the tenth minute and was later taken to hospital with a shoulder problem. With Tom Heaton also sidelined, Dyche may be forced into the transfer market for a new ‘keeper.
The solution to his problem could be Manchester City outcast – Joe Hart. Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, the former England international spent last season on loan at West Ham where he made 19 appearances. Behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo in the pecking order, he will be allowed to leave the club this summer.
With his career stuttering in recent years, Hart would jump at the chance of a fresh start at Turf Moor. The 31-year-old remains a decent shot stopper and represents an upgrade on Anders Lindegaard. Hart has a point to prove, and Burnley could be the side to benefit.
The former Birmingham stopper has just one-year remaining on his contract so the Clarets would be able to pick up him on the cheap. If Pope is sidelined for the foreseeable future, this might be a move Dyche simply has to make.
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