Wout Weghorst has given Burnley hope in their bid to avoid relegation

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Wout Weghorst proved against Brighton that he will be central to Burnley’s survival hopes, and the £12m forward is determined to ensure that Sean Dyche’s side don’t go down without a fight

  • Wout Weghorst has wasted little time in getting used to Premier League football 
  • The 6ft 6in centre forward replaced Chris Wood following his £20m departure 
  • Yet he is showing that he has the firepower to haul Burnley out of trouble 


Wout Weghorst has wasted little time in demonstrating he is likely to be a central figure in Burnley’s fight to move clear of the bottom three.

The 6ft 6in forward was brought in last month following Chris Wood’s £20million move to Newcastle. Wood’s departure raised more doubts about whether Sean Dyche’s side would have the firepower to prevent them from sliding into the Championship while his replacement was untested in the Premier League.

Now, just four games into his Clarets career, Weghorst already looks a shrewd acquisition, particularly as it cost Burnley £12m to sign the Holland forward from Wolfsburg. And he gave Brighton’s defence an afternoon they will want to forget.

Wout Weghorst got on the scoresheet for Burnley against Brighton on Saturday

Wout Weghorst got on the scoresheet for Burnley against Brighton on Saturday

The 29-year-old — who scored 70 goals in 144 appearances for his previous club — provided evidence of his scoring instincts in the way he held back his run to allow him to receive Connor Roberts’ pull back with the time and space to direct an excellent first time finish past Robert Sanchez.

Weghorst’s strength then allowed him to set up Josh Brownhill’s 40th-minute second and his all-round play helped Burnley secure the victory that was capped by Aaron Lennon’s well-taken goal midway through the second half.

Dyche had praised the forward’s efforts in his first three games, pointing out how match analysis highlighted Weghorst’s work-rate and involvement, but acknowledged he needed a goal to kick-start his Burnley career.

Weghorst agreed and admitted Saturday’s effort came as a relief.

Weghorst already looks like a fine addition to Burnley's squad as they aim to avoid the drop

Weghorst already looks like a fine addition to Burnley’s squad as they aim to avoid the drop

Graham Potter was left bitterly disappointed as his Brighton side slipped to a heavy defeat

Graham Potter was left bitterly disappointed as his Brighton side slipped to a heavy defeat

‘Last week against Liverpool it was clear that I had some good opportunities and I want to help the team and the club, I want to pay them back and it’s all about goals as a striker,’ he said. ‘It was a good win, an important win and we needed the three points, so it’s been good.’

The impact of Saturday’s victory will become clear in the coming weeks but there was little doubt the win gave Dyche’s side a much needed lift after winning just one of their previous 21 league games.

‘Last week we had a result against United and took a point against Watford, and Arsenal away a few weeks ago so it gave us a lot of belief and confidence,’ Weghorst said. ‘We go into games the right way. There’s still a long way to go, it’s only one win and three points, and we will absolutely need much more than that, but it is a good step, and we have to continue.’

Brighton boss Graham Potter said:

‘I would say from a performance perspective, one of of the worst that we’ve had since I’ve been here, and it doesn’t happen very often,’ he said. ‘And I think the last couple of years, the level of performance have been so that we’re a little bit shocked at the moment of how it wasn’t so good.

‘I think there was a lot of learning to be done. Because it was uncomfortable for us all, including myself. So sometimes if you don’t win you have to learn and we’ll we’ll try to do that. 

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