Burnley have completed the signing of midfielder Jack Cork for a fee in the region of £10 million from Swansea City. Cork signed on a 4 year deal.
Jack Cork had this to say about returning to Turf Moor:
“Swansea had just signed someone in the same position, we had a lot of midfielders and it was going to be a difficult year.”
“It’s great to be back at Burnley. I’ve got some great memories from the year and a half I was here and it’s good to come back and see some old faces.”
Fantasy Premier League Potential
Cork has had his fair few loan chances at a few clubs such as Bournemouth, Southampton and Watford. At 28 years of age it is really the time for Cork to be playing week in week out. With his first permanent contract at Southampton in the 2011/12 season he made 94 appearances between 2011 and 2015, scoring 2 goals. Cork then switched to Swansea City for £3 million in 2015 until 2017 and made 68 appearances, again scoring 2 goals.
Burnley have a few options in midfield, but Jack Cork could be seen as a replacement for Joey Barton. As primarily a Defensive Midfielder it’s exactly what Burnley need. He is a player with stamina, great physical presence and who can also move the ball. His key attributes are interceptions and tackling, which could be a vital advantage for Burnley.
With competition coming from Steven Defour and Ashley Westwood for the central defensive midfield (CDM) spot it will certainly make tough competition for starting places, but Cork should start with Burnley opting for 2 CDM’s and a CAM (central attacking midfielder) in the middle of the park.
Price wise, Jacok Cork have been given the price of 4.5m which could be a brilliant bench warmer for Fantasy Premier League. He may not score high points each game, but will grab a goal here and there and will potentially be playing every week.
Burnley’s opening fixtures are as followes: Chelsea (A), West Bromwich Albion (H), Tottenham (A), Crystal Palace (H) and Liverpool (A).
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Written by James Milburn (@jamesmilburn95)