Experienced Stoke City Striker Set To Join Burnley

Experienced Stoke City Striker Set To Join Burnley
Jul 6, 2017

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Stoke City striker Jonathon Walters has joined Burnley for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million, with the Irishman wanting to join Sean Dyche’s set up at the Lancashire side. After a 7 year spell at the Bet365 stadium, formerly known as the Brittania stadium, Walters played an impressive 226 times for the Potters netting a total of 43 goals during his time at the club. Walters however last season was a fringe player for Mark Hughes, starting only 13 times and coming off the bench on 10 occasions, netting 4 goals and getting 2 assists during the 2016/17 Premiership campaign.

Walters, now 33 years old, is keen to work with Sean Dyche at Turf Moor and the 4-4-2 system Dyche adopts could be key to getting the last ounce of talent Walters has left in him. When played upfront for Stoke last season, Walters was usually on the score sheet netting against Burnley, Chelsea and twice against Liverpool when deployed upfront. On the other hand, when played on the right hand side of the midfield, Walters was only able to muster up two assists with no goals being scored. Walters did enjoy more success on the international scene, netting 4 goals for his country; 2 against Oman and 1 versus Uruguay in friendlies and a crucial 85th minute equaliser against Austria in World Cup qualifying.

Walters arrived at Stoke for £2.75 million in August 2010 from Ispwich and has been a key figure for the club. His hard working displays whether upfront or on the wings have made him a beloved figure for the Stoke fans and with this attitude, he’ll be a hit at Burnley who love a grafter too.

With the future of Andre Gray still in the balance with West Ham reportedly interested in the 26 year old, who scored 10 goals last season, Walters could be brought in to try to replace Gray. Yet if Gray was to stay put, Walters would most likely provide cover for Gray, Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes or could offer an option on the right hand side of midfield if needed for Sean Dyche.

 

 

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