Burnley man is “one of the best options” for the club – Kompany not interested in selling the “future hero”

Burnley youngster Wilson Odobert is expected to be on Ajax’s option list to strengthen their right-wing position in January, but a deal appears to be difficult to conclude.

This is reported by MSN, which places the player in a group of eight players that the Dutch club should pay attention to after failing to add that position this summer.

They explain that the right’s position remains weak for Ajax, which urgently needs to strengthen in that sector.

MSN has looked at various options through their data and believes that Burnley youngster Odobert would be “one of the best options” for the Dutch club. However, it seems “unachievable in advance.”

They explain that after Burnley paid 11 million euros for the player last summer, they are thinking of giving him time to develop.

At the moment he’s busy “preserving raids and opportunities” in the League Cup, but that doesn’t mean his “enormous potential” hasn’t been noted at Turf Moor.

With a contract until 2028, they are banking on him for the long term and Burnley manager Vincent Kompany sees him as a ‘future hero’ after monitoring him for some time.

MSN understands that a deal for Ajax last summer “would have been feasible”, but it now appears too late to sign him as he could now have a chance in the Premier League.

This might make Ajax seem like a step backwards, especially given the current crisis, but the player should still be on their list.

‘Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big step’: Sander Berge talks moving from Sheffield United to Burnley

Sander Berge admits it will take him some time to get used to his new surroundings following his summer move to Burnley.

Despite the similarity in quality, Berge admits he had to get used to a different way of working at Turf Moor.

“It might not seem like a big step when you’re moving from one team to another, but there’s a big difference in how we operate here compared to where I was before,” said the 25-year-old.

“It takes some time to get used to all the principles and of course the intensity of the Premier League is different to the Championship, as is the quality in general.

“If everyone was here every day and every week and put in the right work and the right mindset, it would improve everyone tremendously.”

Having scored his first Burnley goal in the 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Salford City in midweek, Berge will be hoping to earn a starting role against Newcastle United in Saturday’s competition.

 Stevie Mallan of Salford City challenges for the ball with Sander Berge of Burnley during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Salford City and Burnley at Peninsula Stadium on September 26, 2023 in Salford, England. 

The Clarets are yet to claim their first league win of the season and have picked up just one point from their opening five games.

Despite the difficult start, Berge is confident that his new team is going in the right direction.

“You can never be complacent or satisfied in the Premier League when you lose games.

You can only look forward and continue to build day after day,” he said.
“Each match will be difficult and will ask different things of us, but we certainly have to improve a lot to get the results we need, but we are also on the right pack

“Newcastle will be a very tough task but we are all ready and we need to change our mentality quite quickly.

“Last year they showed how strong they are, now they are a Champions League team and they have quality in their team.

“It will always be difficult at home with their big crowds, but in the last three games, Forest, Man Utd and Salford, we have shown that we have taken a step forward and look much more solid.

It’s difficult to create chances against us. We will also look more threatening in the future.”

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