The 31-year-old is unwanted by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, and his poor form in East London has meant few clubs are showing an interest.
Burnley overcame Crystal Palace to record their first home win of the season. They will need to pick up points at Turf Moor like they did last season if they are going to stay in the Premier League for another year. Frank de Boer knew that he needed a result on Sunday to stabilise his own position, but his future now looks bleak after four Premier League defeats in a row. Here are three things that we learnt from the game:
Frank de Boer deserves more time
The results have been poor, but the performance today suggested that the Dutchman could turn things around if given more time. They were the better team and dominated for long periods of the game. The manager can only do so much and it was poor finishing that let the team down on Sunday. Scott Dann had a guilt-edged chance late on and it was incredible that he didn’t find the target.
Palace appointed De Boer with the hope that he could improve the style of play. That was never going to happen overnight and there were signs at Turf Moor that progress is being made. The visitors had 54.8% possession and a pass success rate of 76%. Moreover, they managed 23 shots to Burnley’s four. It was a good performance, which was only missing a cutting edge in attack. Defensively, they were well organised and would have kept a clean sheet if it wasn’t for an individual error. The Palace manager has the right to feel aggrieved at this result as his team deserved more.
Chris Wood is living up to his fee
There is an element of risk when taking players from the Championship, even those that have starred in the English second tier. Chris Wood was the top scorer of the division last season and impressed in a Leeds United team that didn’t make the play-offs. It was a move that happened in the final month, but the New Zealand international looks to be a great fit for Burnley.
Wood has a goal-scorer’s instinct as he regularly takes up the right positions at the right time. His goal today showed that as he was the first to react to a misplaced back pass and took advantage of the mistake to give his side an early lead. The striker will understand that his opportunities will be fewer at Turf Moor, but he is a good finisher. He will score a lot of the chances that do come his way. The 25-year-old already looks to be a great signing.
James Tarkowski looks ready for the Premier League
A lot of people in the media selected Burnley as one of their teams to go down based on their failure to sign a replacement for Michael Keane. The Englishman was excellent last season and it seemed odd that the club didn’t bring in a centre-back to replace him. However, the performance of James Tarkowski against Crystal Palace showed why.
The former Brentford player was impressive during his time in the Championship, but he was only given four starts in the Premier League last season. It looked like Sean Dyche didn’t think that he was ready for the top-flight. However, he remained patient and earned his opportunity. His performance on Sunday will have consolidated his position in the first-team. The 24-year-old dominated in the air with five successful aerial duels and made a pivotal clearance off the line in the second half.
Jay Rodriguez reunion at Burnley would suit both parties
The 28-year-old is a Turf Moor academy graduate.
West Brom want to reduce their wage bill, and Sean Dyche’s Clarets are recruiting for their journey in Europe next season, so the deal on paper makes perfect sense.
The forward spent five-years with his hometown club, before a £6 million move to Southampton back in 2012. The 28-year-old was made available after West Brom were relegated from the Premier League earlier this month.
Rodriguez needs a fresh start after enduring one of the more troubling seasons of his career so far. Relegation was overshadowed and clouded by an allegation that he racially abused Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.
He was charged by the FA, but the allegation was not proven. Despite scoring seven times in 37 league games for the Baggies, Rodriguez will agree it’s been a season to forget, and his former club could be the team to save him.
The former Burnley striker was a fan favourite on Turf Moor before his move to Southampton six years ago, scoring 41 times in 128 appearances. He would give Dyche’s side more attacking depth which is an urgent requirement considering they have to juggle the Premier League with Europa League duties next season.
Meanwhilem Darren Moore is desperate to reshape his squad at West Brom and to do that he has to part ways with some of his more marketable players and Rodriguez fit’s into that category.
Burnley will surely be interested in the transfer considering the Englishman scored 11 goals in all competitions for a West Brom side that only managed 31 league goals in total.
The 28-year-old would also be moving closer to home, having been born in Burnley, and he remains one of the club’s most famous success stories from the academy.
The Claret’s should be bold and bring Rodriguez back to the team that discovered his talent. West Brom are desperate to offload their high earners, and the move would be perfect for all parties involved.
Tom Heaton would be the perfect replacement for Joe Hart at West Ham
The 32-year-old is being valued at just £10 million.
The report claims that Hart will not return to West Ham following his loan move from Manchester City. His mixed time at the club hasn’t given Hammers supporters a reason to demand a permanent deal for the England international.
Instead, the East London side have turned their attention to Burnley and Tom Heaton as their new number one, with the 32-year-old keeper valued at £10 million.
The Chester born keeper began the season as Sean Dyche’s first choice but lost his place to Nick Pope after he suffered a dislocated shoulder last August.
The outstanding Pope and immediately staked a claim to be England’s number one in the summer World Cup. Due to his displays, he looks to have kept Heaton out of the team for the foreseeable future.
Considering Heaton has been an England squad regular in recent years, it is difficult to see him happy to be the number two at Turf Moor and an exit for the former Bristol City keeper could be imminent.
With over 178 appearances in the Premier League, Heaton would be the perfect signing for a goalkeeper position that has caused a lot of headache for fans at the London Stadium.
Both Hart and Adrian have been in and out of the first team and neither has pushed their cause as to why they should be the standout choice for the number one spot.
At Burnley, Heaton’s move to the substitute bench is one of the more unfortunate stories of the season as no-one came close to the 6ft 2 keeper before his injury.
If it wasn’t for Pope having one of the greatest debut seasons of the Premier League era then it would have been a given to see Heaton come back in as number one.
His manager, Sean Dyche, will most likely want to keep him at the club, especially considering the club’s Europa League commitments next season.
However, the Burnley boss would also understand that a keeper of his quality is too good to be wasting the final years of his career on the sidelines.
If Heaton were to move to the London Stadium then West Ham will have yet another England international in their ranks.
However, this time they would be getting an assured, established Premier League keeper, who has been fundamental in Burnley’s success for many-a-year.
Joe Bryan would be the perfect signing for Sean Dyche’s Burnley
The 24-year-old has had a fine individual season at Ashton Gate.
Burnley have been the feel-good story of the Premier League over the last two years, as the club are set to complete a journey from the Championship to the Europa League.
The finances in football mean that it is difficult for a club to progress naturally, but the Clarets have shown that it is still possible and Sean Dyche has been the driving force behind their upwards trajectory.
One major reason for their success has been their recruitment.
The club have not tried to over-spend or sign players based on their reputation.
Their approach allows them to sign players tailored for their needs and it is no surprise that the majority of their signings over the last two years have fitted in seamlessly.
It would be a mistake if they changed their approach this summer, even with the added pressure of the Europa League.
In recent days, they have been linked with one Championship player that seems to be the perfect fit for the squad at Turf Moor.
The Telegraph report that Joe Bryan has emerged as a target for the Premier League club.
They go on to state that Dyche is ready to offer £6 million for the Bristol City left-back as he tries to improve both the quality and depth of the squad ahead of next season.
The rumour mill is starting to accelerate and the majority of media stories need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but this does make a lot of sense.
If Burnley continue with the recruitment policy, Bryan would be a great fit for them and immediately improve their starting eleven at left-back.
Bristol City’s season slowed down during the second half of the campaign, but they have impressed those that have watched them regularly and Bryan has been one of their standout performers.
The left-back has contributed four goals and three assists in the league, in addition to two strikes in the League Cup including one against Manchester United.
He would add a much-needed attacking threat from left full-back and that would provide an extra dimension to the Burnley team.
Although his decision making and defensive contribution needs work, he is a very good young full-back with the potential to thrive in the Premier League.
Bryan is an aggressive defender, as shown by his average of three successful tackles and 3.2 clearances per game.
At times, he can be guilty of committing to too many forward runs, but that is something that could be addressed.
Dyche is very good at coaching a defence and the 24-year-old would benefit from working with the Burnley manager.
Dyche will be the first to admit that it will be difficult to replicate Burnley’s success, especially with the scheduling problems caused by the Europa League.
However, it would be foolish to make any huge changes to how they are currently conducting business.
Joe Bryan may not be an international with lots of experience in Europe, but he would be a great signing for this squad and fit in immediately.
The Clarets should do everything in their power to secure his services.