Burnley Sign Erik Pieters from Stoke City
Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the clubs first summer signing Dutch international defender Erik Pieters who joins the club after leaving Stoke City he joins the Clarets on a two year contract with an option of a further one year.
The vastly experienced Pieters spent six years in the Potteries, where he made over 150 Premier League appearances, mainly at left back after signing from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven. The six-foot defender made a total of 206 appearances in all competitions for Stoke, before spending the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan to French Ligue 1 side Amiens, where he started 14 Ligue 1 games.
Pieters is a graduate of the famed Academy of FC Utrecht and after two seasons and 64 games for the Dutch side earned a high-profile move to PSV Eindhoven in 2013. It was at PSV that he established himself at the top level, making 140 appearances for the European heavyweights, where he starred domestically and also in both the Champions League and Europa League.
Having forged his way into the Dutch national he earned eighteen international caps for his country having been a key member of the Netherlands’ U21 European Championship winning side in 2007. He joined Stoke City in 2013 and firmly established himself in the Premier League cementing himself as the club’s first choice left-back.
Pieters, has joined the team this afternoon for a training camp in Portugal and he is expected to provide competition with Charlie Taylor for the left-back spot at Turf Moor following the departure of Stephen Ward to Stoke City in the summer.