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The Battle for Premiership Survival!

The fight for Premiership survival has entered the business end of the season, and each game is slowly becoming increasingly more crucial for the teams fighting to avoid the drop.

With just 7 games to go, it looks beyond possible for both Huddersfield and Fulham to escape relegation.

Huddersfield have a mere 14 points and Fulham just 3 more than that. It looks impossible for them to catch up with Burnley who currently sit 17th with 30 points on the board.

Even if Huddersfield and Fulham were to win all of their remaining games, they would still only sit on 35 and 38 points respectively, which even then leaves both teams looking at relegation.

A Burnley win this weekend would bring the Lancashire-based side up to 33 points, virtually dooming the bottom two clubs, Huddersfield and Fulham, to the drop.

Cardiff still have a fighting chance of staying up, but their inconsistency this season means they find themselves in the relegation zone, but the current form table paints a hopeful story for the Welsh team.  Cardiff sit 12th based on recent form, having had 3 wins in their last 6 games.

Talking of 12th, looking at the present standings in the Premiership, that position is occupied by Bournemouth on 38 points, just 2 points away from the safety margin of 40 points.

When you look at the current form, then it makes dodgy reading for the Cherries, because with 1 win in the last 6, they currently sit 3rd bottom, suggesting that although they appear safe, there is still work to do.

In terms of consistency, Burnley find themselves in the same position in the current form guide as they do actual position, but you would back the clarets to find form at the right time, as seems to happen with them most years under Dyche.

Either way, it appears most clubs are entering the infamous ‘squeaky bum time’ of the season, and if you were a betting man, then you would probably get good odds on betting against the current bottom 3 being the ones to make the drop.

Three signings Burnley should make to secure a European spot

The surprise package of the 17/18 season so far has been Burnley. Sean Dyche’s side sit in 7th place, five points off the last Europa League spot currently held by Arsenal. This transfer window could be pivotal if the Clarets are to finish in a European spot, so who should they target?

Theo Walcott- While it may seems unlikely Walcott would join Burnley, it seems very likely Walcott will leave the Emirates in this window. With a World Cup on the horizon, if he harbours any hopes of being on the plane to Moscow, a move to a team chasing European football where he would be guaranteed to start may be something he should consider. This transfer would highlight Burnley’s intent, and if Walcott could find his feet this move could be beneficial to all parties.

Yuto Nagatomo- Burnley remain a little bit light in the left back position, and Nagatomo would provide good competition for Stephen Ward. The Japanese international has a lot of experience with Inter Milan, winning a Coppa Italia and playing in Europe for the Nerazzurri. Nagatomo is an attacking fullback, capable of playing at wing-back and has interested both West Brom and Newcastle already this season. But with Burnley challenging at the other end of the table, they may be a more appealing offer for the 31 year old.

Jack Grealish- The young winger has shown glimpses of why he was one of the hottest talents in the country a few years ago, and it may be time he stepped up to the Premier League and was given a more important role than bit part role he played with Aston Villa. The 22 year old can play out wide or in a central role, and would be able to offer the Clarets a more creative spark in a team that is largely well structured but lacks a player who can create something out of nothing. Grealish could be the final piece in the jigsaw for Burnley, and could help take them to the next level.

 

Burnley close in on Nahki Wells

Burnley are closing in on the signing of Huddersfield Town striker, Nahki Wells, according to Sky Sports’ Transfer Centre Blog (12:59PM).

A move for Wells comes as Burnley seek to replace Andre Gray, who departed for Watford earlier this summer for £18.5m and the Clarets now appear to have found their replacement.

The Bermudan netted 10 times last season in Huddersfield’s charge to promotion, but amid a huge turnover of players at the John Smith’s Stadium this summer, Wells has fallen well down the pecking order.

Wells has been a long term target of Burnley’s and he was widely expected to make the move to Turf Moor in his days at Bradford, but the move never materialised.

The Terriers striker will add a different dimension to the Clarets’ attack, the electrifying pace to stretch a game, which none of Burnley’s other striking options currently have.

Wells’ arrival could spell the end of Ashley Barnes who now looks set to be surplus to requirements in East Lancashire.

Burnley are believed to have slapped a £10 million price tag on the head of Barnes, with Huddersfield and Newcastle amongst the sides interested.

1 day to go – Where do Burnley need to strengthen?

With the transfer window drawing to an abrupt close tomorrow night, Burnley still appear to be short on numbers, but with just over 24 hours to go, have the Clarets left it too late?

Burnley have broken their transfer record so far in this window to land Chris Wood, who opened his account in the Premier League on Sunday, netting a 92nd minute equaliser against Tottenham.

Away from Wood, the Clarets have also landed Jack Cork, Jonathan Walters, Phil Bardsley, Charlie Taylor and Adam Legzdins.

However, losing Michael Keane and Andre Gray has meant that the Clarets have almost been forced into the market to seek replacements, which so far they have failed to do for both.

James Tarkowski has deputised for Michael Keane at the back, but has seemingly struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

The former Oldham centre back has big boots to fill after Michael Keane’s departure, which so far he has struggled to do, which could force Sean Dyche into a late move for a defender.

Jozo Simunovic has been linked with a move to Turf Moor, as has Lamine Kone, although at this stage, both are now looking unlikely and it would appear Burnley will move forward with James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Kevin Long as the clubs main centre backs.

You could argue that in Chris Wood, Burnley have replaced Andre Gray, but the contrasting styles of the two players would say otherwise.

Gray’s blistering pace is something that Burnley have missed in their opening few games and Dyche is clearly looking to add that to the group in the last day.

Nahki Wells has been touted for a move, after a bid for Abdul Majeed Waris was turned down and it now looks like Wells could be a Burnley player come 11pm tomorrow.

One area where the Clarets have been weak for a while now is on the wing.

Signing Robbie Brady in January addressed one wing, but the right hand side is still a weakness for Burnley, with Johan Berg Gudmundsson currently occupying that role, but to little effect.

A pacy winger has been something on all Burnley fans lips for years now, but Dyche has never delivered and looks set not to for at least another window.

All in all, Deadline Day could go either way for Burnley.

It looks set to be a quiet one, but should desperation kick in, Turf Moor could be a very interesting place for the Sky cameras to be!