After watching his side lose 1-0 at home to Swansea on the opening day of the 2016-2017 English Premier League season, Sean Dyche has continued to reshape Burnley’s squad, by freshening his central midfield options.
Specifically whilst Steven Defour has joined Dyche’s squad, David Jones is no longer a member of that, with the 31-year-old midfielder moving to Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee, as reported by the BBC.
Formerly of Preston, Derby, Blackburn, Wolves and Oldham, Jones, who began his career at Manchester United signed for Burnely in 2013, before scoring three goals in 131 appearances for the Clarets, the last of which was against Swansea.
Preceding Jones’ departure from Turf Moor was the arrival of Belgium midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht. In order to sign Defour, the Clarets were required to pay their highest ever transfer fee of £8m, as the 46 times capped Belgian internationalists signed a three-year contract with the club.
As well as captaining Standard Liege to two Belgian league titles, Defour also won the Portuguese Primeira Liga twice with Porto, before moving back to Belgium to play for Anderlecht in August 2014. Since then, despite performing consistently well for Les Mauves et Blancs, Defour was unable to earn himself a place in Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad.
Nevertheless the 28-year-old is optimistic of his prospects to become a key player for Burnley, as they aspire to enjoy a successful return to the Premier League following a one season absence.
“I hope I can bring my experience to the team and help the club to stay in the Premier League. It’s a new challenge for me but I like that,” revealed Defour, who is to finally get the opportunity to showcase his skills in England after previously being a primary transfer target for both Everton and Manchester United earlier in his career.