FM17: Burnley Squad Player Ratings Breakdown

Here’s the Burnley team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

In terms of survival, Burnley’s squad definitely has enough quality if you pick the right tactics to suit the players you have at your disposal. The squad is littered with players all capable of reaching four-star ability and they should be nurtured correctly. Make sure you’re training is right, use your backroom staff’s advice if it’s useful, and give them enough game time so as to keep their potential rating high. Note that Patrick Bamford is only a loan signing and won’t be hanging around the club too long.

Transfer budget: £10,000,000

Wage budget: £581,898

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson 2.5 2.5 36 England £53k
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton 3.5 3.5 30 England £7.5m

Burnley have a similar problem to Bournemouth in the goalkeeping department. Both of their ‘keepers are aging, although Tom Heaton has a high current rating. Moreover, at 30, he still has a good few years left in him and you won’t have to think about a replacement for a couple of seasons at least. Back-up will have to be signed fairly soon, though.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender Jon Flanagan 3.5 4 23 England £8m
Defender Michael Keane 3.5 4 23 England £11.25m
Defender Kevin Long 2.5 2.5 25 Ireland £1.1m
Defender Stephen Ward 3 3 30 Ireland £650k
Defender Ben Mee 3 3 26 England £9.5m
Defender Jimmy Dunne 1 1 18 Ireland £42.5k
Defender James Tarkowski 3 4 23 England £7.25m
Defender Matt Lowton 3 3 27 England £4.2m
Defender Tendayi Darikwa 2.5 3.5 24 England £2.6m

Note the high potential ratings of Jon Flanagan and Michael Keane. Both are also only 23-years-old and will be features of your first team defence for years to come. James Tarkowski, too, has a high potential rating and could be the long-term partner to Keane. Burnley are a little short of quality at left back and Darikwa could be sold to find funds for a replacement.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Steven Defour 3.5 3.5 28 Belgium £9.25m
Midfielder George Boyd 3.5 3.5 30 Scotland £2.2m
Midfielder Scott Arfield 3.5 3.5 27 Canada £8.75m
Midfielder Dean Marney 3 3 32 England £1m
Midfielder Aiden O’Neill 2 3 17 Australia £450k
Midfielder Michael Kightly 3 3 30 England £1.3m
Midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson 3.5 3.5 25 Iceland £9.75m
Midfielder Jeff Hendrick 3.5 4 24 Ireland £10m

Jeff Hendrick is Burnley’s key player and should be playing from the off. You also have Defour, Boyd and Gudmundsson with 3.5 star potential and current rating so there’s enough quality to survive in the Premier League. It might be worth loaning Kightly out since he is 17-years-old.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Patrick Bamford 3 3.5 22 England £7m
Striker Andre Gray 3.5 3.5 25 England £10.75m
Striker Ashley Barnes 3 3 26 England £4.2m
Striker Sam Vokes 3.5 3.5 26 Wales £4.2m

Up front, Burnley have Vokes, Bamford and Gray all with a 3.5 star potential rating and, between them, the goals should flow if you play the right tactics. Bamford, however, is only on loan and will be gone again after a year.

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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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