Ratings Attack: A Look at How Burnley's Summer Signings Have Fared so Far This Season

The festive season is finally over and after a busy period of fixtures, the 2017/18 Premier League season has reached the halfway point.


Burnley were one of the busier clubs during the summer transfer window, as Sean Dyche drafted in several new signings to bolster their senior ranks at Turf Moor.


So how have the new recruits fared in the Clarets' jersey? 


1. Jack Cork

Jack Cork signed for the Clarets on 11th July 2017 on a four-year contract, for a fee reported to be in the region of £8m - rising to £10m with add-ons.


He has proved to be a terrific signing for Dyche and combines his hard work with undoubted quality. Cork and Steven Defour have formed a very formidable central midfield pairing which complements each other's abilities. The fact that the Englishmen is prepared to make lung-busting runs and get beyond his own strikers to create goal scoring opportunities is also proving a valuable asset. 


Rating: 8/10

2. Chris Wood

Chris Wood was signed from Championship side Leeds United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed club-record fee reported in the region of £15m towards the end of the transfer window.


The imposing Kiwi striker has made the jump to the Premier League look relatively easy after scoring six goals in twenty appearances in all competitions for Burnley


Although Wood has picked up injuries during his time at Turf Moor, his physical presence and strength creates scoring opportunities for his team mates. This has allowed the Clarets to have more of a cutting edge this season.


Rating: 7.5/10

3. Phil Bardsley

Former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley signed a two-year contract for the Clarets in July 2017 after leaving Stoke City.


A reliable defender, Bardsley likes to be aggressive in his style of play, but also enjoys getting forward to create chances and goals - an expectation that is now recognised as part of a modern full-back's weaponry.


He has fitted comfortably in to the philosophy of Dyche's Burnley side and has helped to improve the club's defensive record as they have only conceded a poultry 19 goals; which is only bettered by Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.  


Rating: 7/10

4. Charlie Taylor

The young left back was signed in early July 2017 on a four-year contract from Leeds United. Since Taylor was under 24 at the time, Burnley owed the Championship club compensation, which was agreed in the region of £6.5m without the need for a tribunal. 


Another astute signing by Dyche, the former England U19 defender has now made eight appearance for the Turf Moor club and is growing in confidence game-by-game. Another full-back that enjoys getting forward, he seems to thrive on the challenges that the Premier League provides.


Rating: 6.5/10

5. Jonathan Walters

Jonathan Walters is a player very much in the manager's mould as a player. Hard working and a team player he signed for the Clarets in July 2017, on a two year contract for a £3m fee from Stoke City.


Regretfully, the versatile player has been unable to play as often as the Burnley supporters would have liked this season due to injury. Although they have seen Walters make four appearances for the club, there is still more to come from the Republic of Ireland international. 


Rating: 4/10

6. Nakhi Wells

The Bermudian international Nahki Wells was in the final year of his contract with Huddersfield Town, before he signed a three-year deal with Burnley for £5m on 31st August 2017.


Unfortunately, Wells is another of the new signings that has had limited game time at Turf Moor due to injury. Pacey and with clever movement he will provide an alternative approach to Chris Wood's physicality and direct style. 


The good news is the striker is very much on the road to recovery, as he came on as a late substitute in Burnley’s draw away to Huddersfield Town and defeat at home to Liverpool in the Premier League over the festive period. There is certainly more to come from Wells during the second half of the season.


Rating: 3/10

7. Adam Legzdins

The former Birmingham City stopper has yet to make his first team debut for Burnley after signing for an undisclosed fee in August to replace the retired Paul Robinson. 


With the long term injury to Tom Heaton sustained early into this campaign, the English stopper would have been hoping for an opportunity, but the form and consistent performances of Nick Pope has meant that Legzdins has been unable to force his way into the first team.


Rating: N/A

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