The grand plan at Burnley Football Club must have the desired outcome of relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season.
Selling Michael Keane to Everton made sense; the Toffees were offering crazy money for a player who was merely hyped up due to the fact he can claim to be one of the Queen of England’s top boys – the natural order will return, this campaign, with Keane destined to end up resembling a cross between Per Krøldrup and Li Weifeng (honestly, he played for Everton).
But today’s news around Andre Gray’s impending move to Watford makes no sense whatsoever for Sean Dyche’s side.
The striker bagged nine goals in 26 Premier League starts last season – by no means groundbreaking statistics – but when you consider that Burnley’s top scorer was Sam Vokes with 10, it puts the importance of the former Brentford forward’s goals into perspective.
At 26, too, Gray’s in and around his key footballing years and offers Burnley an outlet of pace and creativity that has always lacked in the industrious, ‘no thrills’ kind of squads that Dyche loves to build.
Dyche’s approach to the beautiful game doesn’t seem to be altering, either, with Jonathan Walters seemingly the man earmarked to lead the Clarets line – that’s the same Jonathan Walters with an average of six Premier League goals a season in the last seven campaigns.
From Watford’s point of view it’s exciting, and a perfect signing – how often does that get said down at Vicarage Road?! Marco Silva has, hopefully, put a stop to the Hornets owners’ influence on transfers (basically using Watford as a home for failed for Udinese and Granada players) and is looking to buy entertaining and proven Premier League players.
Whatever way you want to look at it, this is a coup for Watford – you know what to do Fantasy Football managers!