Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has hailed the “excellent” transfer business that brought Dan Burn back to his boyhood club.
The Blyth-born defender was launched by the Magpies at the age of 11, but has since returned to Tyneside via Darlington, Fulham, Wigan and Brighton, who were reluctant to sell him for £13m in January.
Burn may not be the highest signing of the winter break as the new owners of the Saudi-backed club flex their financial muscles for the first time – England full-back Kieran Tripper and £35m Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes probably get more attention – but his performances since then have earned him new fans as well as impressing fans. present.
Head coach and former Bournemouth manager Howe said: “Dan is someone I’ve liked for so many years.
“Every time we play against Brighton, regardless of his position – because that changes whether they play defender 4 or defender 5, sometimes he plays centre-back, full-back, defender. left in the quarterback – he caused us many problems, whether it was his physical ability or his technical ability.
“He’s someone we really enjoyed and now I like him even more for working with him because then you also see the person behind the player – and what a lad.
“He came in very calmly and brought leadership to the group. But behind the scenes, you know what it means to him playing for Newcastle, he supported them as a kid and went to the games with his dad.
“Going through that experience, it means the whole world to him playing for this club, so it’s been a fantastic transfer for us so far and for him.”
Burn has made five appearances in his Newcastle career and is yet to complete a loss with his efforts at the back having contributed to four wins and one draw in a nine-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. , helping this club stay 10 points away. relegation zone.
That streak of results will come under enormous pressure on Sunday when they head to Chelsea, battered on the pitch by the effects of sanctions imposed on owner Roman Abramovich this week, but no less. danger.
When asked about manager Thomas Tuchel, Howe said: “He’s a manager that I’ve studied with, I’ve met, I’ve talked to and I have great respect for him. I really, really like him as a person.
“He’s a really, really nice guy and I have so much respect for his work, the work he’s done, the tough challenges.
“The way he’s settled in at Chelsea has been incredibly impressive because it’s not easy to go abroad and make this your home and succeed on a consistent basis like Chelsea, so the praise goes to It’s not easy for him and his staff.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/brilliant-bit-of-business-brought-dan-burn-back-to-boyhood-club-eddie-howe-41438856.html A bit of brilliant business brought Dan Burn back to his boyhood club – Eddie Howe