Steven Defour – FA Cup Watch (Sky Bet Work)

It was Burnley’s Belgian, Steven Defour, who was the hero of the piece this weekend for the Lancashire side.

Defour, 28, rounded off a wonderful performance against Championship side Bristol City with a glorious chip, to help send the Clarets through to the FA Cup 5th round.

His goal, which won the ‘Goal Of the Round’ award – and rightfully so – is being hailed by Burnley fans as one of the best ever seen at Turf Moor.

At 7.5m, Defour represents a mid-range purchase for your Sky Sports Fantasy Football squad. He might have been in and out of the side in recent weeks, but the former Anderlecht man possesses real quality in the middle of the park for Burnley and you’d be brave to leave him out of your team.

His three Premier League goals so far this season might not seem all that impressive, but Defour is often at the heart of everything that is good about Burnley’s performances. His strong, consistent form has helped them pick up 29 points and seen them reach as high as 9th.

Defour boasts an excellent long-shot, a trait which has already seen him score a brilliant individual goal this season, and great composure at set-pieces. His ability to pick out key passes is second to none, and he works hard to intercept the ball all over the pitch – a key part of Burnley’s philosophy.

Manager Sean Dyche has used Burnley’s star man in a number of positions across the midfield, ranging from the left to the right. He’s by no means a utility player, though, and continues to thrive in whichever position he’s asked to play in, particularly in the middle behind the likes of Andre Gray and Sam Vokes.

Whilst he might have only tallied up 52 points so far, Burnley have a couple of winnable fixtures coming up, meaning Defour is a great pick to transfer into your squad for the next few weeks.

Despite their questionable away form, trips to Watford, Swansea and Hull represent excellent opportunities to pick up rare points on the road, against struggling sides with questionable defensive records.

Chelsea travel to Turf Moor in two weeks time, and whilst that will be a tough challenge for the Clarets, there’s no reason why they cannot take something from the game given their excellent home form.

Defour left the field early in Burnley’s 1-0 win over Leicester in the ‘Battle Of the Champions’, but the injury didn’t look like anything too serious. Burnley fans will hope that’s all it is, especially after the Belgian international raised some eyebrows following the victory over Bristol City at the weekend.

He explained how he wouldn’t be opposed to a big money move to China, causing doubts amongst some fans. However, providing nothing changes in the next month before the Chinese Super League’s transfer window closes on February 28th, I’d still get him in my team.

 

 

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