Manchester City old boy key to Burnley's survival hopes

Burnley FC - Turf Moor

While Danny Ings dominates the headlines, Kieran Tripper is equally important for Burnley, as they prepare to host his old club Manchester City.


If the gossip columns have been anything to go by, Burnley only have one player worth mentioning - with leading goalscorer Danny Ings linked to a string of Premier League big boys.

In every transfer story linking the frontman to Manchester United or Liverpool - with the Express among those to cover the speculation - or even this weekend's opponents Manchester City, the Clarets are painted as desperate to keep the one man who can make a difference for them.

Which they may well be, but there's another star turn in their side who is often overlooked - City old boy Kieran Trippier.

The right-back is supremely hard-working - like the rest of his well-drilled team-mates - with an impressive engine and stamina to keep going all game.

Under-stated, focused, and Bury-born - it's hard not to draw parallels with United legend Gary Neville.

But he's not just all grit and endeavour. Alongside Ings, Trippier is the Lancashire club's most creative outlet, laying on four assists in the league this term.

And, clearly, it's a supply line Sean Dyche trusts, as his side is geared around working the ball wide for Trippier - the right back has made 233 crosses in the Premier League, far more than anyone else in the side, with George Boyd the closest on a paltry 60.

He's also attempted more passes (1237) than anyone else in a Burnley shirt, and has made fewer tackles than playmaker Boyd.

Trippier may not be as flamboyant as a Dani Alves, but he's every bit the wing-back in Burnley's set-up.

It is true that, if the strugglers are to exploit the question marks over City's defence this weekend, they'll need to have Ings firing.

But, just as crucially, they are reliant on Trippier loading the bullets for him.

And the buccaneering full-back should appear on a few radars this summer, too, as he could do a job at each of the aforementioned clubs Ings has been linked with.

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