Signing an attacking midfielder should be a priority for Sean Dyche in the upcoming January transfer window.
There was a sense of optimism around Turf Moor after Burnley secured European football for the first time in 51 years last season. However, the Clarets crashed out of the Europa League in the qualifying rounds at the hands of Greek champions – Olympiacos. Fans will be concerned to see their poor form continuing in the Premier League with the club currently sat in the Premier League relegation zone.
Dyche will be desperate to bolster his ranks in the upcoming transfer window to help Burnley avoid a return to the Championship. The Clarets have struggled to get their forwards firing on all cylinders this season with Matej Vydra yet to find his feet in Lancashire. To bring the best out of their flailing strikers, Burnley must target a playmaker in the New Year.
A wonderful addition to the squad could be former Sunderland man – Wabhi Khazri. Valued at £12.6m by Transfermarkt, the midfielder joined the Black Cats back in 2016 and helped the club secure safety in his debut season. However, he was subsequently loaned back to Ligue 1 before completing a permanent deal to Saint Etienne in the summer following Sunderland’s fall from grace.
Once again, Khazri has been in fine form back in France, finding the back of the net eight times already this season, highlighting the threat he poses from midfield. The 27-year-old has also provided two assists for his team-mates and has averaged an impressive 2.3 key passes per game in Ligue 1 – his creativity would help Burnley steer away from danger (WhoScored). The Tunisia international is also a massive threat from set-pieces which would add another string to the Clarets’ bow in the New Year.
Giving Khazri a second chance to thrive in England could prove to be the catalyst for a revival in 2019.
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