Burnley have a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the group stages of the Europa League this season.
The Clarets were handed a tough qualifying run but managed to book their place in the playoff round following a win against Istanbul Basakshir. Sean Dyche’s side were given a tricky tie against Olympiacos, and the Greek team ran out 3-1 winners after Ben Gibson was sent off in the second half. Burnley will need to win by two goals and not concede in the return-leg at Turf Moor in order to progress.
Before then, Dyche must return his focus to the Premier League with a difficult away trip to Fulham next up for the Clarets. Burnley are still searching for their first win of the season after drawing against Southampton before losing to Watford. Despite the transfer window closing, there are plenty of free agents who could bolster their small squad.
One man they should definitely consider signing is former Crystal Palace winger – Bakary Sako. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 30-year-old is available for nothing after being released by the Eagles. Sako made 50 appearances for the Eagles, scoring eight goals, but his fitness ultimately cost him a place in the side.
The winger enjoyed a good run in the first-team under Roy Hodgson and scored the winning goal against Burnley back in January before an injury ended his campaign in February. Sako’s best form came in 2015 with Wolves where he netted 15 goals and notched seven assists. There is still time for the forward to rediscover his goalscoring form if he is given an extended run in the first-team.
Sako is a powerful winger who is blessed with electrifying pace which Burnley sorely lack in attack. Landing his services would be a massive step in the right direction for the Clarets.
Burnley fans, thoughts?