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‘Always knew’: Dan Burn now admits he was worried he was a ‘short-term’ Newcastle United signing after Botman arrival
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‘Always knew’: Dan Burn now admits he was worried he was a ‘short-term’ Newcastle United signing after Botman arrival

Dan Burn has admitted to The Monday Night Club he wasn’t sure if he was a ‘short-term’ fix for Newcastle United.

The towering centre-back spoke about all manner of topics, including boss Eddie Howe and former manager Graham Potter.

The 30-year-old defender joined Newcastle from Brighton in January, and slotted straight into Howe’s line-up.

Primarily a central defender, Burn has found his position in the Newcastle team this season has been at left-back.

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Burn first played that role consistently under Potter, and his versatility has made him vital to Newcastle.

Neil Warnock has previously said the defender is ‘worth his weight in gold’ and has said he’d put him in the England squad.

Burn has now been shifted out wide partly to accommodate new signing Sven Botman.

The Dutch defender has already really impressed Eddie Howe, although he did inflict an injury on Burn against Manchester City.

Burn on his position in Newcastle team

Speaking to The Monday Night Club, Burn said: “The centre-halves we were linked with in January and then we went and signed Sven (Botman) in the summer.

“I always knew it could be the case of being signed to be a short-term fix.

“Knowing that in the long-term they were going to have to do something.

“I’ve said in interviews time and time before if I can get myself into the team, and in training, I’ll back myself against anyone they bring in.

“I don’t think Sven wants us to play centre-half apparently so that’s why he did it (knocked him out)!”

Burn’s determination has taken him from League One to the Premier League during his career.

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The defender was given his first-team debut while at Fulham in the season they were relegated from the top-flight.

He eventually moved to League One side Wigan, where he helped them achieve promotion to the Championship.

Six months later he was recruited by Brighton and returned to England’s top division.

Burn has improved every season of his career so far, and Howe appears to be getting the best out him again this season.

Burn’s position in the Newcastle team appears to be safe for now even after Botman’s arrival.

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