Monday, September 26, 2022

Burnley Take Former Manchester United Ace On Trail: Smart Move By Dyche?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Injury to Tom Heaton has dismantled Burnley’s future plan. The Clarets campaign got off to a great start as they collected seven points from four matches but Heaton’s injury has spoiled the plot for Sean Dyche who now has to find an alternate solution in the goalkeeping department.

Nick Pope has been given the permission to continue his stride in the goal but he doesn’t have the necessary experience to deal with the Premier League sides. Keeping that in mind Dyche has taken Anders Lindegaard on trial.

The former Manchester United keeper has been training with the first team squad in a bid to impress the gaffer. The 33-year-old is currently a free agent following his departure from Preston North End.

Heaton had a collision with his own teammate Ben Mee against Crystal Palace and landed on his shoulder resulted in the dislocation of his shoulder. He underwent a surgery but needs time which could be up to three to four months to recuperate from the injury.

Dyche has confirmed Lindegaard’s inclusion to the side. The experienced keeper had been on a number of clubs with the most famous being his stint with the Red Devils. He won two Premier League and two Community Shield medals at the Old Trafford but hadn’t been able to get a breakthrough in his career.

The Clarets are in the dire need of a keeper and Lindegaard could prove to be very handy. The keeper did have the experience to feature in some big matches in the English top tier and could come to the rescue for Dyche who has been pondering a number of things.

As of now, Pope is expected to be in the goal against Liverpool but if things don’t change rapidly Burnley could be exploited in future. Heaton has been one of the most supersonic keepers in the Premier League and had made the most number of saves last season.

Dyche won’t want any hindrance in the current momentum and has been watching Lindegaard with a close eye. Lindegaard also had a very short stint with West Bromwich Albion and after featuring in just a single match he decided to move on and joined Preston North End.

Burnley also have Adam Legzdins who arrived at the Turf Moor in the summer from Birmingham City but the gaffer wants three heads in the keeping section and thus he has turned his attention to the Danish international. A short-term deal for the keeper might be in the offing in the coming days.

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