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Burnley: Fans Divided as Newly Promoted Club Returns to Pre-Season Training
- Burnley won the Championship in 2022/23 to secure a return back to the Premier League
- It's barely a month after their triumph and the team is already back together for pre-season
- A video showing players returning to training has stunned fans online
Football fans have been left astonished after Burnley announced their players are already back for pre-season training, barely a week since the conclusion of the 2022/23 season.
Technically, the season is yet to be concluded, but no one gave Burnley the memo as the club shared an interesting clip of their players returning to training.
It appears head coach, Vincent Kompany, a former Manchester City player, is seeking to gain an edge over other Premier League clubs ahead of the new season, which is well over two months away.
Photos shared on Burnley’s official website show the players warming up at the club’s training ground. One notable absentee was Wout Weghorst, who spent the second half of the season at Manchester United.
Weghorst failed to establish himself at Old Trafford, and United decided against pursuing a permanent deal.
With the likes of striker, Jay Rodriguez spotted among the Burnley stars back in training, fans were left wondering where Weghorst would fit into Kompany’s squad next season.
Here are some of the reactions from fans:
"Wait a minute… the season ended in the EPL and ppl are already returning for training am I missing something here?"
“That's not enough recovery time, bad bad idea this.”
“Not sure how I feel about coming back so early BUT Vincent Kompany will make this team very solid in the Prem.”
@ccfcmike posed a question, saying:
“So you give the players 4 weeks off? Bet they love playing for Burnley with that sort of break.”
Recently, Kompany spoke openly about the type of football he expects his team to play in the Premier League next season, as well as the type of player he hopes to sign in the summer transfer window.
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“We want players who can run, a lot. So the performance testing is important for us,” he said, as quoted on SportBible.
“We know we like players who are fit, so the medical screening is important.”
Burnley chairman’s bizarre analogy
Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on the Burnley chairman’s bizarre analogy of Vincent Kompany as he likened the tactician to a beautiful lady.
Under Kompany, Burnley gained promotion back to the Premier League after winning the Championship title with an impressive 101 points.
Kompany signed a new five-year deal in May, but that may not be enough to keep him.