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Burnley aren’t really the biggest spenders in the Premier League and their newest signings didn’t break the bank for the Clarets. Their record holder, therefore, is still Ben Gibson who signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2018 for a reported fee of £15.2m, breaking the record previously held by a former Leeds United centre-forward, Chris Wood.
The now 25-year-old forward was transferred to Turf Moor for a total of £14.7m but couldn’t keep his title of the most expensive Burnley player for too long.
Interestingly enough, 2019/20 is the first year after four consecutive seasons that Burnley haven’t actually broken their record. Going from 2015/16 and until 2018/19, the Clarets would always bring one expensive signing to dethrone the one of the previous year. But 2019/20’s Josh Brownhill was only expensive enough to slot into seventh place with a fee of £9m.
We should also mention that they are certainly better sellers than buyers and the sale of Micheal Keane in 2017/18 for £25.6m still eclipses all of the buys throughout the years. And we shouldn’t forget that they also managed to re-sell Andre Gray, their fourth most expensive signing, for £18.3m, making a decent profit in the process as well.
There have been some incredibly popular players to grace the pitches of Turf Moor, and of course the Calder Vale ground before it, and it’s sometimes difficult to pinpoint the most influential ones that have been transferred from a different club.
Of course, you can’t really fail to mention the legends of the game such as John Francis who donned Burnley’s colours in the early 90s or Glen Little who had a great stint at Turf Moor at the end of the century, playing for the team from 1997 up until 2004.
Naturally, there are also footballers from the very early days with the late Jimmy McIlroy and even Tommy Boyle. But those we’ve mentioned were the legendary players from the 90s and there are plenty more such as Roger Eli, John Deary or Chris Pearce. If we move closer to the modern days, we can also find some cult heroes or famous Clarets there too.
The likes of Wade Elliott, Brian “The Beast” Jensen or even Clarke Carlisle deserve a shout, with plenty more that won’t be mentioned. In the past couple of years, Gibson, Wood or Robbie Brady also ruffled a couple of feathers with their own transfers to Turf Moor. Of course, those players are yet to achieve such an illustrious status at the club but who knows what the future may hold for them.