Burnley’s potential 22/23 Championship XI – Kompany makes five signings

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Burnley’s might be close to reportedly appointing Vincent Kompany as manager, but there’s no denying that the club’s relegation to the second-tier will sting for the Turf Moor side.

The years of near-misses and shrewd transfer deals have finally caught up with the Turf Moor side, and next season will be Burnley’s first in the Championship since 2016 when Sean Dyche led the club straight back to the Premier League.

Fans will be hopeful of another miracle in the second-tier next season, yet with key players reportedly open to leaving and big names in the squad having their contracts expire this summer, Burnley are set for a huge period of change.

However, with Vincent Kompany reportedly set to join the club as manager, there could be something of a culture shift at Burnley, and here’s what the Clarets’ potential XI could look like next season in the Championship.

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GK – Bailey Peacock-Farrell

With reports already circulating that Nick Pope is ready to leave Burnley, a replacement is needed at Turf Moor, though thankfully for the Clarets, Bailey Peacock-Farrell could be a readymade replacement for England international.

Northern Ireland’s no. 1 keeper and a star for Sheffield Wednesday this season in what was a very successful loan spell, Peacock-Farrell is in the form of his career, and the shot-stopper is more than ready to replace Pope at Burnley in the Championship for the new campaign.

RB – Connor Roberts

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With most of Burnley’s main Premier League XI having experience in the EFL, keeping a backline made of current players ahead of next season feels like a safe bet, and for Connor Roberts, the Welsh international will likely stay with the Clarets this summer.

A signing from Swansea City last year, Roberts has this season made his right-back position his own at Turf Moor, and with plenty of appearances in the second-tier, the 26-year-old will likely play a huge for Burnley following their relegation back down to the Championship.

CB – Ben Mee

Burnley’s current captain and a member of the squad since 2012, Ben Mee is one of the few players in the team whose contract expires this summer that will likely stay on the club despite their relegation from the Premier League.

Keeping hold of the skipper will be crucial if Burnley are to thrive in the Championship next season, and at the age of 32, Mee will likely want to continue his career at Turf Moor, especially if Kompany is appointed manager of the club.

CB – Nathan Collins

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Another defender who joined Burnley after impressing in the Championship is Nathan Collins, who looks set to become a major first-team player next season for the Clarets under the guise of Kompany, who could offer the center-back an incredible amount of advice.

Just 21-years-old and already a Republic of Ireland international, Collins could be the long-term replacement for Tarkowski at Burnley next season, and with experience already playing in the Championship and Kompany now potentially mentoring, the youngster could flourish if given the platform to succeed.

LB – Charlie Taylor

Like Mee, Charlie Taylor has been part of the furniture at Burnley for what feels like forever, and next season should see the starting left-back keep his place at the club ahead of their return to the Championship.

A reliable member of the defense with close to 150 appearances in the EFL, Taylor is perfect for what Burnley needs next season from a left-back, and at 28, the former Leeds star is hitting the prime of his career.


RM – Anthony Knockaert

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The first of five new signings for Burnley in our predicted XI, Anthony Knockaert has experienced two promotions with Fulham during his three seasons with the west London side, though after a year that was plagued with injuries, the French attacker could do with a change of scenery.

Enter Burnley, who could do with a new right-winger heading into the first year in the Championship in some time, and no player knows the division from that position better than Knockaert, who could be a revelation for the Clarets.

CM – Nathaniel Chalobah

Another Fulham player who Burnley could pluck from their Championship-winning side is Nathaniel Chalobah, who could be allowed to leave the Cottagers this summer after playing a squad role for Marco Silva’s side this season.

The former Chelsea academy graduate has both Premier League and Championship experience, and at 27-years-old, the one-time England international could be a shrewd signing for Burnley, especially if Josh Brownhill is to depart with Ashley Westwood also out on the injury table for a lengthy spell.

CM – Josh Cullen

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With Kompany set to join Burnley as their new manager, it only makes sense that the Belgian coach will bring over one or two names from former RSC side Anderlecht, and Josh Cullen could be primed for a return to England.

The former West Ham academy star playing 50 games in all competitions for Kompany’s side this season, and with Burnley likely in need of more than one new central midfielder, Cullen makes perfect sense as a new signing for the Clarets.

LM – Tom Lawrence

Derby County’s current captain and a player who is reportedly attracting Premier League interest, Tom Lawrence is another player who looks ready to leave Wayne Rooney’s League One side this summer, and Burnley could be an ideal location.

With Dwight McNeil almost certain to leave the Clarets, an experienced player at left-wing could be the ideal replacement for the England U-21 international, and in Lawrence, Burnley will struggle to find a better name to replace their star wide player.

ST – Jay Rodriguez

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Whilst Jay Rodriguez is one of Burnley’s highest-paid players, it’s hard to imagine where the former England international can go from this summer, yet a return to the Championship could be perfect for the striker in the twilight years of his career.

Seven goals in all competitions is an impressive return for the 32-year-old, and for Rodriguez, Championship football for his boyhood club could be what needed to get the best out of the once-potent Premier League striker.

ST – Stevan Jovetic

As well as links to Anderlecht, Kompany’s little black book of contacts is bound to contain those who the former Manchester City captain used to play with during his Premier League years, and Stevan Jovetic could be a potential option.

Only 32-years-old and still playing top-flight football in Germany, the Montenegro international could be ideal to lead the line for Burnley in the Championship, and if Kompany comes knocking Jovetic could be eager to answer the call this summer.

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