Burnley opinion: Clarets in for Lucas Ocampos – Good move?
The Clarets are yet to make a breakthrough this summer, even though they have been linked with a host of names in the past few days. They were linked with Mbwana Samatta as well, but those suggestions have been quashed (h/t Burnley Express).
The 24-year-old’s contract expires in 12 months time and with Marseille being forced to sell some of their top players in order to get a clean sheet on the huge wage bill (h/t Burnley Express), we could see the player moving away from the club.
Here’s why Burnley should pay whatever it takes to sign the former Argentine U-17 international:
Ocampos’ flexibility and prowess could come in handy
Lucas Ocampos is a very useful player who can operate in various positions. Predominantly a left-winger, the 24-year-old is capable of playing as a wide midfielder, as a right-winger, as a centre-forward and also as a left-back if required.
During the course of the 2018/19 season, he played in each of those positions for Marseille and did a very good job for the team.
While playing 26 games on the left wing, he managed to score four goals and supply eight assists, which is a very decent return. He possesses good pace, can dribble past defenders, is physically strong, can deliver good crosses into the box and is a hard-working player off the ball.
So Burnley shouldn’t hesitate to sign the Argentine this summer even if Marseille ask for more money than their initial bid.
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All in all, the Clarets would get a gem of a player if they complete the signing of Lucas Ocampos. His attacking prowess and the ability to play in various positions would help Sean Dyche’s men in many possible ways.