Top 5 FPL Picks – Burnley
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Burnley is slowly becoming a Premier League regular, having finished their 5th consecutive season in their Premier League term this time. The 20/21 season also happens to be their worst performance in these five years, as they finished 17th in the Premier League, one position above the relegation places as they scraped through with 10 wins on the board. Once famed for their defensive powers under Manager Sean Dyche, Burnley have started to leak a lot more goals than an average Premier League team.
At this point, Burnleys’ ambition has been questioned, whereby their next stop isn’t as obvious or apparent at this point. Centre-back Ben Gibson was sold to Norwich for 8m while young defender Nathan Collins joined from Stoke City for 12m. Robbie Brady was left off without a contract and Premier League experienced Wayne Hennessey joined for free as a backup keeper. With no other concrete rumors on the attacking front, it’ll be interesting to see how Burnley fare up in another Premier League season with their thin squad.
We will first analyse the opening set of fixtures and the proceed with the top 5 picks from Aston Villa as per our team in order of preference –
1. Charlie Taylor: £4.5M (MID)
Burley is a defensive team, there’s no denying that. And for a defensive team, the straight and simple choice is to pick someone who will get you the clean sheet points. Taylor fulfills that condition, but gives added value when he moves down the left flank.
Charlie Taylor played 2425 minutes in the 20/21 season, while making two (2) assists in that time and keeping 8 clean sheets. This resulted him in collecting 83 FPL points, which have a huge potential for upwards movement as Taylor will look to play a lot more this season.
The main attacking outlet for Burnley is the Target Man, Chris Wood, and therefore a full-back that has a knack for delivering good crosses is a simple choice. The numbers make it an obvious choice that Taylor should be the go-to pick from Burnley, and his incredibly low ownership should give you another reason to have him.
2. Chris Wood: £7M (MID)
Note: Chris Wood has participated in the Summer Olympics, Tokyo 2020.
As exclaimed above, Chris Wood is the main outlet for the Burnley side. The big New Zealander has been consistent over the last few years and gained the trust of his Manager through a series of seasons with 10+ Premier League goals in four consecutive seasons.
Further, Wood is also on penalty duties for Burnley now, which adds to his appeal. Further, he is a price point where he may not be counted as an expensive option. A comparison of other Strikers available at this price point shows that Chris Wood can actually be considered when Burnley have a run of good games, or the team hits the purple patch otherwise.
3. Matthew Lowton: £4.5M (DEF)
Well, the discussion above for Charlie Taylor stands true for M. Lowton for most part. The full back is expected to give considerable defensive returns in the form of clean sheets. Lowton played much more minutes than Taylor last season and therefore had better output figures and FPL points.
His underlying attacking numbers may not be at par with Taylor, however, they are promising enough for you to select him. The reason why Lowton is so crucial to Burnley is that he is a defensive rock and one of the reasons why Burnley are able to defend properly and keep Clean sheets. That makes him irreplaceable and guarantees you of his presence on the team sheet for as long as he is fit.
4. Ashley Westwood: £5.5M (MID)
Into his 10th Premier League season, and having amassed 110+ points in 3 consecutive FPL seasons, Ashley Westwood starts the season as one of the least owned FPL assets that are almost guaranteed to start. Factors affecting his ownership are –
a. High price
An unpopular option, Westwood is actually the 2nd highest FPL points scorer in the Midfielders that are listed under £5.5M, and second only to the massive outliner and fan favorite Stuart Dallas.
b. Defensive team
That is in fact a concern in owning midfielders and attackers from Burnley. However, the underlying stats justify that if any non-defensive player from Burnley is to be considered after Chris Wood, it has to be Ashley Westwood.
c. Low Attacking return potential
As discussed above, the underlying stats show a lot of potential. The upside of owning Westwood is huge.
5. Nick Pope: £5.5M (GK)
The man, the myth, the legend. Nick Pope became an instant hit with the FPL managers back in 2017/18 season when he was priced £4.5M and he went on the keep 11 clean sheets getting him 152 FPL points. The heroics were repeated in the 2019/20 season when he was again at £4.5M and Pope made 120 saves to keep 15 clean sheets and record another 170 FPL points.
Despite that, we have placed him on #5 pick for Burnley due to the massive £1M price rise he has been given despite a fairly average season. Despite the good potential for saves and clean sheets Nick Pope has, the price rise no way justifies picking Pope above the other £4.5M or £5M options. Even the other £5.5M options are much more suited to give superior returns to justify their high price.