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.
‘Attempted robbery’ – Bristol City fans react to Derby’s failed bid for Joe Bryan
Joe Bryan is one of the most highly-rated defenders in the Championship.
Derby County boss Frank Lampard is reportedly trying to add another new recruit to his Rams squad after being linked with a swoop on Bristol City for left-back Joe Bryan.
According to well-respected sports journalist Pete O’Rourke, writing for HITC Sport, the East Midlands-based outfit have seen a £3 million bid rejected for Bryan and it now remains to be seen whether the club will return with an improved offer.
The 24-year-old has been subject of vast interest this summer and the Robins now look to face a real fight to keep hold of one of their best players ahead of their season starting on Saturday.
Bryan was an instrumental part of Bristol’s team that reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup and challenged for the play-offs last season and to lose such a player this close to the season commencing would be a massive blow to Lee Johnson’s side.
It is no surprise that he has attracted interest, however, and given that the Robins’ star man is out of contract next summer, the club will clearly have some thinking to do in the coming weeks.
The Rams have now started the bidding war for Bryan and it would appear that they are in the market for a new full-back before the window closes as Lampard looks to finalise his squad.
This transfer story looks set to rumble on through towards deadline day and here at TBR Football we took a look at what some fans were saying in response to O’Rourke’s initial tweet…
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) July 30, 2018
Cheeky little bid to turn his head ?
— lee roe (@roweydcfc) July 30, 2018
??????£3m? That’s attempted robbery!
— ianp????????? (@ianphillips16) July 30, 2018
I know Derby don’t have any money but what a complete joke of an offer ?
— Shippers (@CoachShippers) July 30, 2018
He’s worth 10m easily in this market, one of the best attacking full backs in the country
— Lewis Chappell (@WERGHJIGgJ) July 30, 2018
Keep the money. Play Max Lowe.
— Harry Cantrill (@Harry_Cantrill) July 30, 2018
Time for Newcastle to swoop in with a £2.75m offer.
— Rob Farquharson (@Bocafuente) July 30, 2018
If it's true it's just a tester bid just to turn his head once he knows super Frank wants him he may well want to come & push for a move. Every target Frank wanted he has got so far. ??
— Kevin Harrison (@bigazza1884) July 30, 2018
He’s been unsettled since January. Can easily play prem. On his day is best left back in the division. Will kick on with better coaching.
— ianp????????? (@ianphillips16) July 30, 2018
Bristol City should continue pursuit of Zack Steffen, USA’s next number 1
The 23-year-old could be the United States’ next big star.
Last week, Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew rejected Bristol City’s bid for their American goalkeeper Zack Steffen, according to ESPN.
Bristol City should continue to aggressively pursue Steffen, as the 23-year-old is a promising young goalkeeper who has the talent to thrive in the Championship.
The American has experience in European football, having signed for German club Freiburg after leaving university in the States.
Although Steffen never made a first-team appearance for Freiburg, he learned valuable lessons from the club before making the move across the pond to MLS.
The goalkeeper has excelled while at Columbus Crew, starring in the club’s playoff run last season while making remarkable saves in a penalty shootout win against Atlanta United.
His impressive performances for the Crew earned Steffen a call-up to the U.S. national team in January, and he has quickly earned plaudits for his international exploits.
Most notably, the American turned in a man-of-the-match performance in a pre-World Cup friendly against France in Lyon this June.
Steffen played a large part in his country’s 1-1 draw, making superb stops to deny Nabil Fekir and Ousmane Dembele in the closing stages of the match.
His performance was hailed by the official website of U.S. Soccer, praising Steffen’s vital stops against some of the world’s best attacking players.
“Man of the Match Zack Steffen made yet another star turn, making seven saves to thwart the vaunted French front line.”
It is clear that the 23-year-old is already a goalkeeping star in the making, and a move to Ashton Gate would be an ideal switch for Steffen.
As part of a Bristol City side that will be hoping to be ambitious in the Championship this season, Zack Steffen can thrive in his introduction to English football.
Will Bristol City’s Joe Bryan help bring football home in 2022?
The left-back position is weak for England and Bristol City’s Joe Bryan could take advantage.
England’s exciting World Cup run this summer has got fans excited for the future of the national team. For some, it is now clear that football might be coming home in 2022.
Looking at the talent coming through the youth ranks it is easy to see why.
It is hard to see many other left-backs making a better case for in four years time than Bristol City star Joe Bryan.
He had his best season yet for the club last term. An attack-minded left-sided defender he will be 28 in 2022 and in the prime of his career.
As far as England are concerned, it is slim pickings otherwise. Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand and Ashley Young are unlikely to still be in contention four years from now.
Luke Shaw, the once-promising hope, needs to get his career back on track. Everton’s Lewis Gibson will likely develop into a central defender and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon seems destined to play further forward.
The problem for Bristol City is that Bryan will no doubt have to leave to make this happen. Unless he can help them to promotion next term then he will no doubt begin to look at the Premier League with an international career in mind.
The last Robins player to represent England was John Atyeo in 1957. Bryan certainly has the potential and opening to do the same. But he will need to help City to Premier League football to do so.
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