Clarets Striker Tipped For The Top
Dan Agyei became the Premier League’s latest debutant last Sunday when he came on as a late substitute in Burnley’s 2-1 defeat against Liverpool. The striker who has been tipped for big things having impressed at youth level for AFC Wimbledon and then on loan at Coventry City before making his Premier League bow.
So what type of player is Agyei ?
Dan Agyei is primarily a centre forward that leads the line, but the six-foot striker is adaptable and can play out wide. However the young left footer is at his best when he is scoring goals. Burnley’s development coach Michael Jolley said, “Dan is very difficult to stop, he’s got some great natural assets, pace and power and he has got a terrific left foot. He’s a good kid and wants to do the work and if he does he’s got a chance of doing something.”
South London to Lancashire that’s a big change ?
It is a big move for a young lad, but it underlines how much faith Burnley have in the teenager. Agyei was hot property down south, but Burnley didn’t take no for an answer. Scouts from Chelsea and Fulham were regulars at AFC Wimbledon’s Under 18 and 21’s matches keeping tabs on Agyei. No wonder he scored 35 goals for the south London club’s junior teams before moving north in 2015.
Has he come through the ranks at Turf Moor?
No Agyei joined Burnley as a 17-year-old from AFC Wimbledon for a fee of £100,000 and went straight into their development set-up. He also had a loan spell at Coventry earlier this season, scoring five goals in twenty appearances.
There were a number of clubs including Coventry City and Brentford keen on taking him until the end of the season. However Sean Dyche, believed Agyei could play a part in the season finale and the Burnley boss has been proved right.
Was he close to staying in London?
Yes. Fulham pursued their interest in Agyei but couldn’t agree a deal, he also had a trial at West Ham. But the Hammers decided against handing the forward a contract paving the way for Burnley to swoop.
So a future England international then?
Potentially, yes but despite being born in England he is also eligible to play for Ghana. If he continues his rise then we can expect a good old international tug of war!