Last week, I took a look at Leicester in the first edition of this year's Relegation Poaching series. The Foxes have won three in a row, and continue to improve their prospects of staying in the Premier League. They're going for four straight this weekend, against fellow relegation-battlers Burnley.
Now in last place, Sean Dyche's side has struggled to score lately, with just one goal in their past seven matches. Due to this drought, the Clarets have just two more goals on the season than the team with the lowest total in the league; Aston Villa. One reason for this is their top striker is scoreless in his last eight matches, bringing me to the first player that the Villans should try to get from Burnley, should they drop.
Danny Ings: He's in a bit of a dry spell at the moment, but Danny Ings still has managed to score nine times this season. With a contract that expires at the end of the season, he's likely leaving, regardless if his team secures top flight football next season. Unfortunately, he's attracted the attention of some teams that are richer than Villa, and could offer European football as well. Although Ings is out of contract, Burnley would still be entitled to a small fee since he's only 23.
Michael Keane: He was just purchased in January from Manchester United (after spending the first half of the season at Burnley on loan), but Michael Keane could be someone who leaves the club should relegation occur. Just 22 years old, the central defender has made 19 appearances this season for the Clarets. With the injury history of Villa's current crop of centre backs, adding another couldn't hurt.
Kieran Trippier: Another youth product of a Manchester club, Trippier played in City's youth system. The 24-year-old right back has made 33 league appearances for Burnley this year, providing four assists. I'm not sure that VIlla would be interested with the number of right backs currently on the books, but he could be someone that other clubs look at.
Does anyone from Burnley catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!
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