Soccer

‘Wells can be a weapon for Burnley’

  • Attacking options: Phil Bardsley believes Nahki Wells can be a threat in the top flight (Photograph by Lancashire Telegraph)

Nahki Wells is among several “big threats” for Burnley, according to Phil Bardsley, his new team-mate.

Wells is still waiting to make his debut for Burnley after his £5 million move from Huddersfield Town on transfer deadline day.

The 27-year-old is recovering from an ankle injury and had minor surgery to remove a screw in his ankle prior to his move.

“We’ve got players who can unlock defences,” Bardsley, the former Scotland and Manchester United defender, said. “We’ve brought Chris Wood in, we’ve got Nahki Wells, Ashley Barnes, Sam Vokes, we’ve got some big threats up there and we’re full of confidence at the moment.”

Bardsley is confident players such as Wells can help unlock teams who “park the bus” at Turf Moor.

Burnley enjoyed remarkable success at home last season but have scored just once at Turf Moor this term, taking four points from a possible nine.

They were held to a goalless draw by Huddersfield in their previous outing, and Bardsley believes visiting teams are often adopting spoiling tactics by putting men behind the ball.

“Teams are showing us a remarkable amount of respect, it goes to show last week we played Huddersfield, it was a difficult game and we struggled to break them down, but we created chances,” Bardsley told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“From now on that’s what teams are going to do against us at home, sit behind the ball and try and counter on us.”

Burnley, who have been superb on their travels this term, taking points off Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton, return to action after the international break with a home game against West Ham United on Saturday.

Bardsley, who joined Burnley from Stoke City in the summer, has so far had to settle for action in the Carabao Cup.

“Going in and speaking to Sean [Dyche, the Burnley manager] before I signed he had great ambitions for the club to go forward,” Bardsley said.

“I bought into that, I signed there and I’ve not looked back since. It’s been a tremendous few months for us, we’ve won some very difficult games against some good opponents and we look forward to kick on from that.”

Bardsley admits it has been frustrating watching from the bench but feels he has acquitted himself well when called upon.

“It’s been difficult to get into the team because the team has been doing so well, but I’ve played in the cup games and felt I did really well,” he said.

“I felt really fit, possibly the fittest I’ve felt in a few years. The training is really intense, everyone is fighting for places and the competition is fantastic.

“That’s what you need if you want to be a successful team.”