This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Burnley were this week linked with a move for Charlton striker Macauley Bonne, who despite scoring 11 goals for the recently-relegated Addicks is reportedly valued at just £1m by the southeast London club. If the Clarets can sign him for that price, it would not be the first time that they have executed a low-cost raid on The Valley.
Four years ago, when Charlton were also counting the cost of relegation from the Championship, they picked up Johann Berg Gudmundsson for a modest fee of £2.7m (as per TransferMarkt), with the winger off the back of playing a part in Iceland’s shock run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.
How did Gudmundsson fare after his transfer to Burnley?
A knee injury restricted his involvement in his first season at Turf Moor, making just 10 starts upon Burnley’s return to the Premier League, although he still contributed a goal and two assists in that campaign.
Gudmundsson’s excellent 2017/18 season at Burnley
It was in 2017/18 that Gudmundsson and the Clarets really came alive. Sean Dyche’s team finished in the lofty heights of seventh to earn a place in Europe and the Icelandic winger was a significant reason for that, with two goals and eight assists as he became a regular starter for Burnley.
Aside from his goal return, he showed his value to the team with excellent match averages of 1.9 key passes, 1.8 successful crosses and 1.5 shots in that season (as per WhoScored).
Has Gudmundsson done better than you initially expected at Burnley?
Burnley had a disappointing 2018/19, finishing down in 15th, but Gudmundsson upped his goal tally to three while also chipping in with seven assists in all competitions, despite playing more than 1,000 fewer minutes in the league compared to the previous campaign (as per TransferMarkt).
Injuries unfortunately restricted his involvement in the season just finished, with the 29-year-old playing just 620 minutes in a Premier League campaign which saw the Clarets end in the top half of the table.
Gudmundsson has been good value since his transfer to Burnley
Despite his curtailed 2019/20 season, Gudmundsson has still proven to be a value signing for Burnley, for whom he has played 111 times and produced seven goals and 19 assists. The latter figure works out at one assist per 5.84 appearances, which is a more than respectable return considering that he cost only £2.7m.
Who knows, he could be setting up a few goals for Bonne next season if the centre-forward follows in the footsteps of the 75-cap Iceland international by swapping The Valley for Turf Moor.
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